The Visible Man, by Chuck Klosterman (2011)

Genre: Contemporary
Interest level: Adult
The Visible ManI hadn’t heard of Chuck Klosterman before, and now I regret the time lost. This is his seventh novel (though he’s not yet 40! Damn him), and I look forward to discovering the rest. But back to this book. The premise is simple – absurd even – but Klosterman delivers a creepy, tension-filled and extraordinary tale of a therapist whose patient claims to have technology that allows him to travel unseen. Invisible. In their sessions, he describes how he’s trying to better understand the human condition, unfettered by their interactions with others. He slips into people’s apartments and watches them for days, purely, he says, as a learning exercise. He turns to a therapist to help him understand why he feels occasionally guilty about the consequences. See? Absurd. And it starts a bit awkwardly – we’re reading the manuscript the author has sent to her publisher. The occasional notes she writes as asides to her publisher interrupt the narrative – it’s an effective tool to remind us not to get too involved with these characters, much as a therapist must have to do with patients. And yet I became completely wrapped up in this story. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit how much I enjoyed a growing horror at the creep’s actions, culminating perfectly logically and horribly.
I must note that reviews of this book are mixed. Klosterman’s fans typically aren’t as pleased in generally as those who have yet to discover his entire oeuvre. Bodes well for the rest of his work.
More discussion and reviews of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10373933-the-visible-man

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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