When I Was Invisible

Dorothy Koomson
Publisher: Century
23rd March 2017

Do you ever wonder if you’ve lived the life you were meant to?


“Terrifically addictive” Good Housekeeping

“A suspenseful, thought-provoking page-turner” Prima

“The warmth of Dorothy Koomson’s writing and her ability to get into her main character’s head and heart are completely involving from the get-go” Daily Mail

“Suspenseful, tense and unexpected” Heat

“Another brilliant read from author Dorothy Koomson” Bella

“Packs an emotional punch” Sunday Mirror

“The author crafts novels that are complex and thrilling and that stay with you long after the book has finished” The Sun

“I’m a big fan of Koomson’s suspenseful novels and this lived up to expectation.” Woman and Home

Dorothy Koomson is a global bestselling author whose novels include That Girl From Nowhere, The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend’s Girl. Her books have been translated into 30 languages with sales that exceed 2 million copies in the UK alone.

Dorothy’s books are powerful, thought-provoking and compelling ‘emotional thrillers’ where moral dilemmas are central and where the complex emotions of family and friendships are explored. Her third book, My Best Friend’s Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006, and her novels The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach were both shortlisted for the popular fiction category of the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013, respectively. A TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was first shown on ITV1 in 2013. Her most recent book That Girl From Nowhere was a Top 5 Sunday Times bestseller. When I Was Invisible is her 11th novel.

About When I Was Invisible

‘Do you ever wonder if you’ve lived the life you were meant to?’ I ask her.

She sighs, and dips her head. ‘Even if I do, what difference will it make?’

When eight-year-old Veronika (Nika) Harper meets eight-year-old Veronica (Roni) Harper the coincidence seals their destiny. Instantly inseparable and bound by their love of ballet, they believe their futures will always be intertwined. But as their dancing ambitions grow they are caught in a world of secrets and lies that derails both their lives and eventually tears their friendship apart. Several years later, they have very different existences: Nika has become gossip column fodder as she tries to hide from real life and Roni has become a nun in a desperate attempt to find peace. Will their new ‘invisible’ lives be the ones they were meant to live? Or will they only find salvation when they confront the past and find a way back to each other?

When I Was Invisible is a powerful and compelling story about friendship, forgiveness and facing up to the painful secrets of your past.

A little more about Dorothy:

Dorothy Koomson is the author of 11 novels including The Chocolate Run, Marshmallows For Breakfast, Goodnight, Beautiful, The Rose Petal Beach and The Flavours of Love. Books and reading have always played a pivotal role in Dorothy’s life and she fell in love with the drama and fantasy of fictional worlds at an early age. She wrote her first book at 13,writing a chapter each night and passing it around her convent schoolmates the next morning.

After school, Dorothy went to Trinity and All Saints College in Leeds where she studied Psychology and Public Media. After graduating she moved back to London to study for a Masters in Journalism at Goldsmith’s university. While studying, Dorothy was long-listed for the Catherine Packenham award for young women journalists. After graduating Dorothy freelanced for various publications including The Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Red, New Woman, more! magazine and Just Seventeen. She also worked full-time on black weekly newspaper New Nation.

In 2001, Dorothy visited a lecturer friend back in Leeds and a night out gave Dorothy the idea for the main character of her first novel, The Cupid Effect, which waspublished in 2003.The Chocolate Run followed in 2004. Still working as a journalist, Dorothy continued writing books in the evenings and in her spare time. In 2005 Dorothy moved to Sydney, Australia, for two years and worked on Family Circle magazine. Her third novel, My Best Friend’s Girl was published in 2006 and was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006, and went to No.2 in the bestseller charts, eventually selling over half a million copies.

Passionate about the importance of reading and literacy, Dorothy is a regular speaker in libraries and at festivals and supports the work of the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy

Dorothy lives in Brighton and whilst writing and researching When I Was Invisible, rediscovered her love for music – especially embarrassing 80s tunes!