I recently read The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V. E. Schwab for The Late Night Book Club December book of the month. Despite this book’s 4.5 star rating on GoodReads, I was on the fence about whether I wanted to read past the free sample, and by the time I reached the end of the book, I honestly regretted my decision to invest in the full book.
The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue is a 450 page tome which tells the story of the titular protagonist, who is granted immortality by the evil god of night and darkness, Lucien “Luc” Dubois ( Lucifer???) but is cursed to forever be forgotten by all who she meets. During her 300-year-long battle for her soul with Luc, she meets Henry Strauss, a newly-dumped bookstore clerk with a dark history, and an inexplicable ability to remember her.
I can see how the contemporary aspects would strike a chord with modern readers. Trendy vibes include freckles (Addie conspicuously sports a constellation of seven), a witchy mentor named Estele, and making appearances during notable moments in history. The book also puts on a masterclass for character motivations and psychology, especially for Henry’s character. It does not ultimately provide enough suspense or antagonists to to support such a long story, though, and I found my attention flagging on multiple occasions throughout the book. I would ultimately not recommend The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, because its chapters lacked suspense or antagonists, and found the book to be plodding and drawn out.
I filmed a short blog discussing what I liked and didn’t like about the book–please watch below if you’re interested.
Have you read The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue? What did you think of this book? Please let me know if you have any feedback for my ideas here–I’d love to hear what you think!