Invisible Barbara Copperthwaite

 

514FNoqa6mL._AA160_Pub: Amazon Media.

There’s one victim of crime no one notices.
Something is wrong. With her marriage, with her husband, with her. But as she pours her heart out to her diary, it’s clear she doesn’t know what.
Until one explosive night she finds a possible answer.
Suddenly hated and vilified by everyone, she clings to her relationship – even while wondering if she really knows her husband at all…

Having Just read The Widow by Fiona Barton, I was intrigued by this novel by Barbara.

I am surprised that I have not come across this fabulous read before,but I have just read and reviewed ‘Flowers for the Dead’ by Ms Copperthwaite and couldn’t wait to read more of her inimitable style of story-telling.

Invisible is unusual, in that the reader never gets to know the name of the narrator, but does get emotionally involved in her tale.

‘She’ has a uneventful, mundane marriage, Daryl, her husband is a forceful, controlling man, but not in the way that this type of person usually behaves. He calls her ‘babe’ and ‘gorgeous’,  but when she makes plans he often wrangles a good enough excuse to break them, making her feel upset and moody. ‘She’ then feels as though she is ungrateful as he is a good husband and is working so they both can benefit. He is rude about her friends, but ‘she’ knows he loves her and ‘she’ clearly adores him.

This book is written in diary form, telling of her feelings and is not unlike most women’s journals, she speaks of her efforts to lose weight, her hopes for a baby, something she wants more than anything and her disappointment that Daryl does not feel the same urgency to start a family.

Daryl finally surprises her with a holiday to Turkey and a declaration that he is ready for a baby. ‘She’ is ecstatic and happy. Finally her wishes are coming true.

Then she is arrested.

This is one book that is totally and utterly convincing. It has the reader torn between what is really happening and what you might be feeling and thinking if you found yourself in the same situation. ‘Her’ reaction to the evidence and truth and her love for her husband are in two different camps. It is a dream from which ‘She’ can’t wake up.

It is a pacy read, and captures life as you think it would be like. The behavior of her friends and work colleagues, the general public and the media add to her nightmare.

It does make you wonder though, do we really know the person we love??

5*/5

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