Mats Wahl’s The Invisible, published in 2007, tells the story of Hilmer Eriksson, a boy who has gone missing. Exceptional soccer player, exceptional student, exceptional son and boyfriend—Hilmer wouldn’t have any enemies, would he? Through the eyes of Detective Harald Fors, we retrace the events leading up to Hilmer’s disappearance in a race against time to save him.
The imagery and storytelling are phenomenal. Wahl has a way of painting pictures with words, describing simple scenes in extraordinary ways. The vignettes are common but haunting, with a chill factor that stems from the existence of the objects themselves. I was quite impressed with the depth of the book, having previously watched the American remake of the Swedish film adaptation. However, The Invisible is a slightly lacking on the action expected of a crime novel or a mystery.
Bottom Line: I give the book a three out of five.
Submitted by: Caroline C.