Review: Can You See Her? By S. E. Lynes

can you see herWhat would you do if no-one was watching?

Rachel is afraid she may have done something terrible. She’s sitting in a room, being asked whether she killed someone.

She doesn’t understand how her life has changed so completely. When she was younger, heads would turn when she walked into a room. Her children needed her; her husband adored her.

But somehow the years wore that all away. She was so busy raising her children, looking after her parents, that the woman who used to be Rachel Ryder, whose husband told her she was out of his league, now quietly washes his clothes and makes his dinner, and can walk into a room without anyone knowing she’s there.

She knows that she thought: what would it take for you to see me again? What if I did something no-one thought I was capable of?


S.E. Lynes is one of my auto-buy/request authors. I have read and enjoyed all her books. I like how she writes twisty, suspenseful reads which are not just entertaining but also thought-provoking.

This story is mainly narrated by Rachel. She is a middle-aged woman who nobody sees. No, this isn’t a supernatural tale but quite a realistic one that I am certain many (especially women) can relate to. At one point, the author compares Rachel to a kettle. You hardly take note of a kettle until it stops working. You don’t usually walk into the kitchen and think about the kettle or even look at it. Sadly, a number of people can relate to feeling invisible. I know I have felt like that at some point at work or at home.  I loved Rachel. I wanted to reach into the story and hug her. At the same time, I was curious and worried about the lengths that she would go to be seen.

Through interviews by Rachel’s husband, daughter, best-friend and neighbor, a suspenseful tale unfolds. I kept wondering who was telling the truth. I had a feeling that there were some unreliable narrator(s) but I couldn’t guess exactly who and so I turned the pages frantically to find out the real story. The suspense was palpable.

This was an entertaining read that will also make you think. As I mentioned, I could identify with some of Rachel’s feelings and thoughts. At the same time, it made me think about the people in my life and whether I have truly been seeing them.

I also loved the unpredictability that had me guessing and changing my guesses all the way to the last page. In addition, the epilogue almost knocked me off my feet.

If you are yet to read any books by S. E. Lynes, you are truly missing out on some very good writing. Emotional, enthralling, relatable and quite entertaining, I can’t recommend this book enough.