Sunday 24 April 2016

Review: When I was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson

When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson
Publisher: Century
Release date: 5 May 2016
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb: In 1988, two girls with 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 and unexpected 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?
Dorothy Koomson is an author that I've only become familiar with recently, I'm not entirely sure where I've been if I'm honest? 
But to date, I've only read one of her other novels; the Ice Cream Girls (also brilliant) and I wish I had read more.
Veronica Harper (Roni) knows instantly that she is going to be best friends with Veronika (Nika) Harper when they meet at school. They are bound together not only through their names, but also their love of ballet. 
Both are destined to be professional dancers. 
Both are torn apart by the actions of someone close to them, tearing their friendship apart in the process. 
In the present day their lives could not be more different, Roni has found God and is a former Nun, whilst Nika has been a minor celebrity and is now a cleaner in an upscale hotel. 
Their paths are destined to cross again and some might say that fate has drawn them back together. 
But can either of them truly forget the past in order to truly live in the present?
When I was Invisible is a gritty, emotional and beautifully written novel about love, loss, friendship, heartache and the ultimate betrayal of trust. 
When I Was Invisible is available from 5 May 2016.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online.

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Thank you to who sent me an advanced proof copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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