From the moment I read the opening lines of, ‘Invisible in a Bright Light,’ by Sally Gardner I knew that this story was going to be something special and I was completely enthralled. This dark and magical fairytale begins deep in the watery depths in the cave of dreamers and then swiftly transports us to the Royal Opera House in 1870. A girl finds herself trapped in a cruel game, the Reckoning, with an impossible riddle to solve. She holds the fate of her family and friends in her hands and nothing makes sense. Haunted by a past she can barely remember, her mind is in a haze. Can she find away through the gutter of time and outwit the man in the emerald suit who is controlling her destiny?
I was totally spellbound by this story, such exquisite, intricate storytelling that is bound to delight readers. Sally’s doesn’t make this story easy for the readers, echoing the girl’s experience, we find ourselves lost and confused at times. But for me the bewilderment we experience, truly enhances the enjoyment of the book. You never know what is going to happen next, there is an element of foreboding that runs throughout keeping you firmly on the edge of your seat. The characterisation is sublime from the truly awful Madame Sabina, to the brave and resilient Celeste, it’s a magnificent cast. Wonderfully atmospheric and incredibly poignant in parts, we feel her struggle so intensely as time begins to run away with itself and it looks like all could be lost. For me this is a really unique and intriguing tale, that completely captivated me from start to finish.
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Thank you to Jade and Head of Zeus for sending me a gifted copy of this gorgeous book and inviting me to join in with the blog tour. ‘Invisible in a Bright Light,’ Is released on the 17th October and is available to pre-order online or from any good bookshop.