May 25, 2021

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

by Colleen Oakley

Published May 25, 2021
by Berkley

Rating: 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Contemporary Fiction


Piper and Tom have been in love for what feels like all their lives, so when Tom dies unexpectedly out at sea during a storm, Piper can’t seem to come to terms with it. In fact, Piper still sees Tom and behaves as if he only left for a short period of time and is back with her. What’s more odd, is the entire island where she lives is going along with it.

When Anders is sent to Frick Island to cover another story, he stumbles upon Piper and her invisible husband. Seeing an opportunity to create an interesting podcast that could finally get him on the map, Anders decides to ingratiate himself in Frick Island life and learn what he can about the clearly disturbed Piper and the mysterious “Tom.”


This was a fun and unique read with just enough serious subject matter to keep me engaged and connected to the characters.

This could have been a really sad book with Piper losing the love of her life and clearly having a mental break, but Oakley did a great job keeping the overall tone light and fun. I had vivid images of Frick Island and the run down houses, lack of modern conveniences, and scenic beauty. It was easy to get caught up in the magic (and isolation) of the island and see how the whole community quickly went along with Piper in order to spare her heart.

The middle of the book started to lag for me as the excitement of the unique plot line wore off, but Oakley did a nice job introducing some minor twists and red herrings to hold my attention. I actually thought the book may be headed in another direction, but I was glad to be surprised.

The characters were well developed and quirky in their own ways which helped make them relatable and likeable. I loved how tight knit the community of Frick Island was, though they were a bit discriminatory and hostile toward outsiders at times.

Overall, this was a cute read and truly unlike any other book I’ve read before!

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for a copy of this novel.

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