The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

In this story Adeline or Addie cuts a deal with the darkness to escape her mundane village existence. Henry is the only person who remembers her name. She explains to him everyone else forgets her the minute she walks away “Because”, she says, slumping back against the concrete wall. “I’m cursed”. Addie is born in 1691 and makes the deal in 1714 and the story follows her life for 300 years to 2014. This is an interesting concept that was slow-moving, and time jumped in each chapter between the present day and the past. The lack of evolution of the main character was a shortfall of this novel. She did not become a wise aloof being as David Bowie’s character did in The Hunger but remained at much the same level of maturity through the three centuries. Schwab also repeated the outcome of the curse with person after person forgetting her. These two aspects prevented this book living up to its potential. There are some delightful moments overall and it is worth a read, with classic themes of life, death and love winding through-out the novel.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
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Published: 2020

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