I picked this up after hearing about it from friends and thought it sounded SF-nal enough that I'd like it. I liked the premise and I liked the main plot points. But this was really slow reading. I tend to like a lot of action, lots of tension, and this isn't it. Addie's stories are all small stories; there's no suspense, no great events or grand adventures, and when things get dire Luc is only too willing to bail her out. Which brings me to how I didn't fully believe the later relationship between Addie and Luc, although that was what made the ending possible. I have to admit I really liked the ending - I was wondering how Schwab was going to write her way out of it and this was excellent. Very atmospheric writing though, all the characters are believable, loved the relationships between Henry, Bea, and Robbie.
I just finished The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue. I give it 3 stars for the idea and sheer scope of it. It is a wonderful title. And that cover is gorgeous seen in person. It is well-written, and not a bad book at all, BUT, the author and her editor appear to never have heard, "show don't tell." For all of the hundreds of years Addie lived, and the hundreds of pages, you know no more about the world around her than what she mentioned in passing.
I often wish that some little books with more obscure authors that are really really good would get the hype this book got.
This is a thought-provoking page turner that I found especially poignant during covid when so many people are dealing with lonliness and isolation. Addie sells her soul to the devil to win her freedom from an arranged marriage in the 1700s. However, she does not pay close attention to her words and her "freedom" and "not belonging to anyone" render her unable to make a lasting mark on any people or objects around her. After 300 years of being invisible she has now crossed paths with a guy who can remember her. We watch their relationship develop while learning her history in alternating chapters. I will be thinking about this story for a long time.