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Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Ray Lovell is hired by Leon Wood, a gypsy searching for his daughter. Rose Wood disappeared approximately seven years ago after her marriage to Ivo Janko from another gypsy tribe. After his wife’s death, Leon decides that it is time to find out what happened to Rose.

Gypsies keep to their own kind and never informed law enforcement of Rose’s disappearance and what Leon Wood suspects is foul play. Ray Lovell doesn’t particularly want to take on the case at first, but feels sympathetic as he is the only person that Leon can go to; Ray is only half gorjio – a non-Romany – and therefore half gypsy.

Alternating between the perspectives of Ray Lovell and JJ – the nephew of Ivo Janko – a twisting plot evolves. Gypsy lifestyle is completely different from any other and what would seem extremely important to most is utterly irrelevant to them and vice versa. Luckily for me, The Invisible Ones has a mini glossary in the beginning to explain the most common Gypsy words used and makes it quite easy to continue the story without spending time trying to decipher what something means.

Ray Lovell doesn’t have an easy time with the case. Facts are given to him completely stilted and mixed up and no one seems to care where Rose went off to. Rumor has it that she ran off with a gorjio and therefore the Jankos have washed their hands off her and the entire marriage. Further complicating his search is the fact that the Jankos have many family secrets that they intend on keeping buried.

The Invisible Ones was an interesting read though somewhat long and drawn out at times. Alternating between Lovell and JJ kept the tale flowing as I found myself both frustrated at the barriers in the investigation and understanding of the reasons the barriers were there in the first place.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Putnam Adult. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.