Bloggers Book Club – ‘When I was Invisible’ – Dorothy Koomson

‘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?’


Dorothy Koomson has to be one of my favourite writers ever.

Bold statement I know.

‘When I was Invisible’ is Dorothy Koomson’s eleventh published book and I have to say, most definitely one of the best.

The book follows two young girls Roni and Nika and their subsequent stories following a harrowing experience that changed the course of their lives forever.

A gripping page turner from start to finish, Dorothy takes her readers on an emotional rollercoaster as we find ourselves invested in the journey of the two lead characters. A series of twists and turns keeps readers enthralled and inspired by the courage and strength of Nika and Roni in the face of heart-wrenching trauma.

Dorothy Koomson has an innate skill for allowing the reader to connect emotionally with the characters and really believe and empathise in their problems and heartbreaking circumstances and the same is true for all of her other books.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants something a little more then your average novel. But be warned, unless you actively enjoy shedding a few tears whilst you read, this story is not for you.

Other Dorothy Koomson books I have read and particularly enjoyed:

  • My Best Friends Girl
  • The Ice-Cream Girls
  • The Woman he Loved Before
  • The Rose Petal Beach


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