EXCERPT: I misjudged her. She’s not as stupid as she looks. I wonder how much she knows about me. They’ve got my name. There can’t be many Madeleine Crosbys in England. Maybe just one. I close my eyes and my body starts to shake, not with DTs this time, but with fear. What if they’ve got records? what if they know what really drew me to London? What if they’ve found out what I did?
ABOUT THIS BOOK: I know you. I know you in a way you can’t even imagine. I have been searching for you in the years since you wrote that letter – the letter that told me you were looking for me too. But now that I’ve found you, I don’t know if I can say the terrible truth of what I am. It would ruin your perfect life. It would hurt your beautiful daughter.
So, I hesitate – bide my time, for now. This morning, you’re running late and your little girl, tugged by the hand, scurries to keep up with you. She’s clean but a little scrawny. Maybe that’s because you struggle with the bills; maybe she’s just made that way.
I know what it is to have lost a child. I pray you never learn how that feels. But I can’t wait forever… and when I finally tell you my secret, will it break you like it did me all those years ago?
MY THOUGHTS: It is impossible not to like Maddie….but this book challenges a lot of things. Homeless people are becoming more common. Even in our small town, we now have people sleeping in the doorways of shops and under bridges at night. They roam our small main street during the day looking for handouts, begging for money. Like most I have tended to avoid them. But now I will be looking at them in a different light. What brought them to this point? What is their story?
This is Maddie’s story. It is not a pretty story. It is the story of a life that spirals out of control, a woman who loses sight of herself, but a woman with a mission.
Jill Childs is excellent at taking issues in our communities and weaving a story around them. Her writing is gentle, but thought provoking. She doesn’t set out to shock, or provoke, but to make us think. And she succeeds.
THE AUTHOR: Jill has always loved stories – real and imaginary. She’s spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does.
Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Invisible Girl by Jill Childs for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my personal opinions.
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