Synopsis and Details:
Sometimes all you need is one person to really see you.
Piper Parrish’s life on Frick Island—a tiny, remote town smack in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay—is nearly perfect. Well, aside from one pesky detail: Her darling husband, Tom, is dead. When Tom’s crab boat capsized and his body wasn’t recovered, Piper, rocked to the core, did a most peculiar thing: carried on as if her husband was not only still alive, but right there beside her, cooking him breakfast, walking him to the docks each morning, meeting him for their standard Friday night dinner date at the One-Eyed Crab. And what were the townspeople to do but go along with their beloved widowed Piper?
Anders Caldwell’s career is not going well. A young ambitious journalist, he’d rather hoped he’d be a national award-winning podcaster by now, rather than writing fluff pieces for a small town newspaper. But when he gets an assignment to travel to the remote Frick Island and cover their boring annual Cake Walk fundraiser, he stumbles upon a much more fascinating tale: an entire town pretending to see and interact with a man who does not actually exist. Determined it’s the career-making story he’s been needing for his podcast, Anders returns to the island to begin covert research and spend more time with the enigmatic Piper—but he has no idea out of all the lives he’s about to upend, it’s his that will change the most.
Genres: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romance | Release Date: May 25, 2021 | Publisher: Berkley | Length: 368 pages | ISBN: 978-1984806482 | ASIN: B08H15ZCWR | Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Review with Rating:
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island was such a unique story! There was a period of time in my life where I spent many weeks on an island off the coast of Maine and I can say that the setting of this story felt very island life authentic to me. The characters in this story also brought to memory some of the same quirky characteristics of people that I have known who were generational islanders. Which made The Invisible Husband of Frick Island endearing to me. Although, I have never met anyone who had an imaginary husband, so that was a very distinctive and memorable element to this tale.
If I could only use one word to sum up The Invisible Husband of Frick Island, charming would be the word that I would use. This story, its setting, the people, were all very charming. Anders and Piper were both unconventional characters and their initial interactions were not what one would expect. I enjoyed how Piper easily thwarted Anders wants and she did it in such a way that, even as a reader, I was just as surprised as he was when she played her hand. Too funny! As the story went on, their interactions changed and deepened but there was always something standing between them and that was the truth of matters, on both sides.
The narration of the story is told from multiple points of view and that, I found, was just tantalizing. It becomes clear that there was more going on between Piper and her husband and it causes the reader to question what was presented as fact. There had been more developing under the surface and I was kept in suspense waiting for the moment when I would know all. I came to appreciate all the characters in this story and thought that the ending was very satisfying, although, it was not what I was expecting. Overall, The Invisible Husband of Frick Island is a sweet story about love, grief, and how to live on after a world shatters. I would definitely recommend this book as a must read for 2021.
*Thank you to Berkley & NetGalley for this eARC of The Invisible Husband of Frick Island*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
About the Author:
Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of You Were There Too, Close Enough to Touch and Before I Go. Her books have been named best books by People, Us Weekly, Library Journal and Real Simple, and have been long-listed for the Southern Book Prize. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, four kids and the world’s biggest lapdog.