Invisible by Barbara Copperthwaite


When I read the blurb of this book it didn’t give me any clear ideas of what it was about. It was intriguing and mysterious. If you want to read the book without knowing anything but the blurb then please don’t read this review as I am going into detail. When I finished this book I was seriously impressed. It was such a powerful psychological thriller. This book is about a woman and her unhappy marriage to her husband. She is unfulfilled by him but she doesn’t realise that she is actually being emotional abused by him and has been for the nine years that they were married.

There was so much that I liked about this book. The writing was brilliant. The way in which the author takes us through every thought and emotion this character feels without losing the reader or making the entire book any less gripping is really impressive. The epistolary form was a perfect way for us to be able see a totally raw and uncensored account, as people write diaries to express the things that they can’t say out loud. It was really amazing to experience such monumental character development. I got a bit annoyed in the beginning at how weak and naive the protagonist seemed. For instance she irked me when she would complain about her husband not doing something, then she would complain when he did and then she would ultimately end up blaming herself. It made me think that she was writing in a way that if her husband read it, it would be okay. But the more I thought about it I realised that that this is her internal monologue and she is trying to work things out through writing and we all see things in a certain way and don’t tend to acknowledge our own flaws. I then also got to know the extent in which she is manipulated by her husband. In addition to this, a lot of the concerns she had are very realistic. There are a lot of people that don’t have good self esteem and people that need people to like them, I’ve sometimes struggled with over-thinking things and needing to please people so it was interesting to be inside the head of someone else that struggles this way. As we go along not only do we discover the husband’s behaviour, but we watch her hit rock bottom but then shows remarkable strength as she slowly picks herself up again. It was an amazing journey to take with her. One of the most in depth and interesting demonstrations of character development and the strength of the human spirit.

As the title implies this book is about the main character being invisible. It was interesting to see that not only was she invisible to her husband, we also never learn her name. Even her husband never calls her by her name it was a clever way to accentuate the idea of her being invisible. Even more than this I especially liked the idea of the invisible victim later on in the book. When you read about crime you do think about the family of the victims but not much attention is given to the family of the perpetrator and so this really opened my eyes to it and I really enjoyed the exploration into this. It was a unique disection of the consequences of violent crimes. We all love the people closest to us but that doesn’t mean that we know everything about them. The phrase ‘love is blind’ epitomises this book and what it explores.

I really enjoyed this book, it kept me gripped even though not that much happened throughout it, I especially liked the way that the protagonist was signposting what was going to happen without even realising she was. It had realistic representations of the courts and legal system and it was just captivating. A definite must read for psychological thriller lovers. It has a powerful message and fantastic characters. I’m really looking forward to reading more work from this author.


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