Rating – 5 out of 5
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab is about a girl who doesn’t leave a mark. After making a deal with the devil for a different life, Addie is not remembered wherever she goes. Addie lives through some of the world’s most exciting moments alone, forgotten. One day she meets a boy who doesn’t forget her and it turns her world on its head.
“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?” ― V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is one of the most haunting books I’ve ever read. Not haunting in the horror way, but haunting in the way that the world that Schwab created follows you around afterward. Her descriptions of the emotional landscape were as life-like as the physical world. She spends the first part of the book slowly world-building which creates this incredible slow burn into the action of the book.
While the main action of the book takes place in New York, Paris and other parts of France also make appearances. This adds to the je nes sais quoi and also helps delineate between different eras of the book. The whole story spans a century or so, so any markers help.
This was one of the most unique books I read this year, and one of the most memorable. I recommend this book if you like macabre, beautifully haunting books.
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