When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson


‘‘Do you ever wonder if you’ve lived the life you were meant to?’ I ask her. She sighs, and dips her head. ‘Even if I do, what difference will it make?’

In 1988, two eight-year-old girls with almost identical names and the same love of ballet meet for the first time. They seem destined to be best friends forever and to become professional dancers.

Years later, however, they have both been dealt so many cruel blows that they walk away from each other into very different futures – one enters a convent, the other becomes a minor celebrity. Will these new, ‘invisible’ lives be the ones they were meant to live, or will they only find that kind of salvation when they are reunited twenty years later?


I had to write this review the minute I finished this book, as I sat there stunned by all that had happened in it.

I love all Dorothy Koomson’s books, but I feel that this is her best one ever.

Right from the start I was engrossed. It’s a book that I couldn’t wait to get back to, to see what would happen next.

As is often the case with her books, the story grabs you right from the start, even though you don’t yet know what it is all about.  The story is very cleverly woven, moving all the time between the two main characters, Roni and Nika, and between different times in their lives. Even when it comes close to the end of the book and most of the story has been revealed, there are some last minute shockers, which keep you engrossed right till the end.

This is not a pleasant, feelgood story. There are unpleasant and shocking storylines throughout the book, but it is a book that will make you think, keep you guessing, and make you want to cancel everything and keep reading until the end. Highly recommended.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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