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"The Invisible Ones is nothing short of superb!"

Historical Fiction USA

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0D2NX164M
  • Publisher: ‎ Pegasus Publishers (April 24, 2024)
  • Publication date: ‎ April 24, 2024
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 272 pages
  • Genre: Historical Fiction USA


The BookViral Review:

A powerful exploration of hope and resilience The Invisible  Ones certainly isn’t an archetypal tale of abuse, loss and resilience with Jaime Grookett giving us a story that, despite its historical setting, feels immediate and real.

There’s real soul to Anna Wilson’s story as Grookett beautifully renders the sights and sounds of a bygone era. All are meticulously observed as she explores a dark and harrowing period of turbulent change in Anna’s life with the dice seemingly loaded against her.

Tackling a story like Anna’s is never easy but the physical abuse and emotional anguish never borders on overkill, and The Invisible One’s strength lies in the fact that, even though some of the characters and events depicted seem archetypal at first, they turn out to be so much more.

Grookett’s writing is light and easy to read, her plot clear and a pleasure to follow, but what sets her novel apart is a clear understanding of how relationship dynamics, in their differing guises, shape our years, with character development at the heart of her narrative.

To this end, Grookett gives us wholly endearing characters that exude strength of personality and purpose. Each of them, the good and the bad, touching upon one universal truth, that irrespective of our standing in life, colour or creed, we all have the power to make a difference in someone else’s life as Grookett subtly skewers the absurd rules and hypocrisies of class and psychiatric institutions where many of the committed remain for life.

A polished story that exudes insight, it challenges those fears we all invariably come to dwell upon – that we will never be enough. And in following the burgeoning friendship between Anna and Miss Millie we come to the realisation that our relationships are ultimately defined by the choices we make and the people to whom we give our trust. The years come and go and society changes but in Anna’s story, we find a life-affirming quality and a celebration of fearlessness that has become far too rare. 

There are parts of The Invisible Ones that are heart-achingly sad, but Grookett is ever mindful to keep a kernel of hope alive. Reminding us of the different spheres we inhabit as our lives evolve and not to take any given day for granted. 

A timeless telling with, The Invisible Ones is nothing short of superb. A must read for fans of moving Historical Fiction it is an unreservedly recommended Golden Quill read.

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