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Invisible Girl

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  44 reviews
A heartbreaking story of family secrets from the USA Today bestselling author of Gracie’s Secret. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain.

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 kno
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Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Bookouture
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
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
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Robyn
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Invisible Girl by Jill Childs is quite an emotional read. Although this is the first book I have read by Childs, it certainly will not be my last.

Maddy is a homeless alcoholic living in the streets of London. Maddy’s life has not been an easy one and she blames herself for things that have happened in the past, not sure if she can ever make things right again. Things slowly take a turn for Maddy when five year old Rosie takes a liking to her much to the dismay of her mother Becca. As their lives
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Shalini
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a tough read in certain parts. A homeless woman Maddy meets Becca and her daughter Rosie who takes a shine to her, soon invites her home for Christmas dinner. Soon Maddy becomes a part of their lives and their neighbors Sarah and daughter Ella's too. But both Maddy and Sarah seem to hiding their secrets.

My third book by Jill Childs, every book had its own charm. This dealt with family and losses in it. How one act can cause a ripple effect and destroy them all. The characters had their
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Adele Shea
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book more then 5 stars then I would.
You can not help but fall in love with Maddy. She is such a lovable character who has fell on hard times alot during her life. Throughout the book you are hoping and praying for a happy ending but will she get one?
Lisa Aiello
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-fiction
4.5 tragically beautiful stars! This is truly the story of Maddy - a middle-aged homeless woman. You might think it's about Becca and her children Rosie and Alex. Or even Becca's friend, Sarah, and her daughter Ella. However, the story centers around Maddy, who has been living rough on and off for years. Becca's daughter, Rosie, takes a shine to Maddy on the street one day. There is just some connection between the two, and that starts the journey all these characters take together. I have alway ...more
Christina Spicer
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so amazing. It was thought provoking and wonderfully well written. A little girl finds a homeless woman and strikes up conversation with her to the absolute horror of her mother. As time goes on this relationship builds and secrets are revealed. How far will you go for your children and your family? How do you start life again? How do you find forgiveness if you can’t forgive yourself? This book makes you think and gives you so many feelings. I will spend many days thinking about t ...more
Els
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
How to deal with a tragedy? Sadly there is no manual for it to help you cope. Some people are strong enough to pick themselves up after a (short) period of grieve. Others however are completely lost and let themselves go. Nothing can bring them back from the deep tearfilled pit they have fallen in and in the end drastic actions have to be taken.

Suddenly you see a little pinprick of light at the end of the long and dark tunnel. Are you being given a second chance? Are you brave enough to take tha
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Farshana
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vr-lib
Thank You Bookouture, Net Galley and Jill Childs for the chance to review this book.

Some books renders the heart to pieces. My first book by Jill Childs and she's thoroughly managed to leave me teary eyed with the wonderful tale that encompasses a mother's love, the pain of addiction and the struggle of the homeless.
A perfect book for Mother's Day, Invisible Girl is the story of Madeline or Maddy who is a bag lady living on the streets. We see homeless people all around us and sometimes we are a
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
As it says in the blurb this is perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain. I went through a phase of devouring books by these authors and I totally agree.

This story is told through three female points of view...Maddy, Becca and Sarah. Each have their own issues to deal with.

This is a really well written story with relatable characters. I found this to be a story that makes you stop and think about what you’ve got yourself. An ideal book club read. I read this in a day as I didn’t
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Lady Delacour
Stared out thinking
I don't know ???
To my delight
I fell in Love
with the Characters
as each grew and
filled my heart.
4 Warm Loving Stars.
Listened with TTS.
Clean.
Foul Language.
Mandie
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Invisible Girl tells its story from three different viewpoints, Maddy a homeless woman and friends Becca and Sarah, single parents who live in the same apartment block, whose daughters attend the same school and are best friends. What starts with a random act of kindness ends up bringing changes to all their lives, bringing up secrets from their past and exposing links between them.
How many times have you walked past someone living on the streets or turned the other way pretending you haven’t s
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Vicki
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I’m not going to lie, my initial interest in this book was completely down to the cover. How cute is that child? Seriously, I’m not that much of a kid person – I like my own (most of the time!) and that’s about it. But I’m going through a sort of pre – empty nest syndrome phase at the moment. My youngest is fifteen this year and I’m missing all those things we did together when she was small. So yeah, the cute child captured my heart.

But actually, inside, this book proved it wasn’t just a pretty
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Robin Loves Reading
Maddy is a bag lady - as she is oft-described in this affecting ready by Jill Childs. More than that, she is a watcher. Just who is she watching and why? She catches the eye of a five-year-old little girl, Rosie.

In the very first chapter, written in first-person, which is in Maddy's voice, it is stated: "I know you. I know you in a way you can't imagine." These two sentences set the tone for the entire book. Quite swiftly, however, we get Becca's and Sarah's chapters. Each chapter is named afte
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Sharon
This is an emotional story of a homeless woman who is befriended by a single mother and her young daughter. Maddy is an educated woman who has, because of tragedies in her life, ended up an alcoholic on the streets. One day she meets Rosie, a young girl, who goes to talk to her, much to the horror of her mother, Becca. When Rosie invites Maddy home, Becca and her friend Sarah forge an unlikely friendship with Maddy. As Maddy develops a bond with Rosie and Sarah’s daughter, Ella, the story of Mad ...more
Joann
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
There are a lot of reviews out there where they mention emotional and gut-wrenching and yes, I did find some of that in this novel. My only problem with this book was that it seemed like parts of the book were done with what I call "filler fluff." Some parts just went on too long about Maddie's battle with the bottle. Some of these issues just dragged down the novel for me, personally. This book wouldn't have been on my radar had I known what it was about. I'm just not into these tear-jerker typ ...more
Barbara Rohde
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maddy is homeless and an alcoholic. One day a young girl stops to talk to her and then insists her mother bring her home for a meal. From there an improbable relationship begins between the young girl, her mother, and her mother's friend.
I nearly didn't read this book because the premise is just not believable. As a former teacher of young children, I know how much the smell emanating from a drunk homeless person would prevent any child from initiating such contact. If you've ever seen how child
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Rebecca
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed being able to preview this book thanks to NetGalley. The three narrators of this story, while not always likable, are believable. I struggled just a little at first to keep the three characters straight, but it was soon very easy to tell them apart. Becca and Sarah are neighbors who are both single moms. Then there is Maddy, a homeless woman who quotes Shakespeare. It is interesting to see the dynamics develop between the three women as they learn more about each other. Some readers mi ...more
Savanah Rae
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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Windi
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
How much i wanted to enjoy this book....rather disappointed that i didn’t. Sigh. Thats on me though. The writing was good, in my opinion, good enough for me to finish in spite of not really liking the characters or the theme.
Why did i choose this one? Im a fan of several authors that Jill Childs was likened to. I also enjoy good dramatical fiction .... stories about real life. At the same time, i want to gain something from it.... learn about another perspective, a different lifestyle or way of
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Jennifer Shanahan
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
Sad story of homeless woman Maddie who has a clear interest in a woman and her daughter who walk and live near where she lives on the streets. The chapters alternate views between the women in the story and initially it is really hard to figure out how they are all connected. The woman, Becca, and her daughter Rosie eventually invite Maddie to their home for Christmas dinner and they become friends, including the neighbors, Sarah and here daughter Ella, as well. It really seems as thought Maddie ...more
Judy Odom
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Invisible Girl is a sad story of secrets , of lies, of heartbreak of kindness and of hope and renewal.

Jill Childs still draws you in and you want to know what happened to Maddy, what is her secret and then there is also Rosie and Becca and their neighbours Sarah and her daughter Ella.

Will the secret destroy lives? Will she even tell her secret and her story?

You want to find out so the pages turn quickly

Thanks to Net Galley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read Invisible Girl
Gaye Teather
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maddy, the main character in the book, appears to be an intelligent, well educated woman but she is homeless, living on the streets, drinking heavily and with little prospect of a better life. What happened in her past to lead her to this terrible existence is the basis of this engrossing novel about loss, guilt, recrimination and, ultimately, hope. Rosie is a little girl who, whilst out with her mother, spots Maddy on the streets and has an instant bond with this unfortunate soul and sets out t ...more
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
This book had me hooked, but in a completely different way to the usual!

We’re introduced to a homeless lady, Maddy, who sits in her sheltered doorway watching the world go by….learning about the people that she sees. But is she there for a reason? And what has she been through to end up where she is today?

We meet Becca, a single Mum who has recently split from her controlling Husband, getting used to a life of tight purse strings and Christmas approaching….

And we meet Sarah, another single Mum l
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Mechthild
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking and emotional
"Invisible Girl" is the third heartbreaking and emotional book by Jill Child, and the first book of hers which I read. It is published by Bookouture and takes place in London.
Becca, the mother of Rosie (5 years old) and Alex (14 years old), had been married to Mark who became subtly controlling and manipulative. She lives in a small flat and works part-time as a cook in a wine-bar. Rosie is the one who actually sees Maddy first and develops a relationship with her. Mad
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loopyloulaura
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Motherhood, broken relationships, mental health, suicide, alcoholism, , shoplifting, adoption.
Big subjects but all sensitively dealt with in Invisible Girl.
Three women are brought together through a twist of fate. Becca is struggling financially and emotionally after leaving her husband. She accidentally leaves her money at the cashpoint and fears the worst but the cash has been kept safe by a homeless woman Maddy.
Becca invites Maddy back to her home for the night as thanks. Her friend Sarah has
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Vanessa
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here's an author that will play with your emotions! Jill Childs writes her books with so much passion and beautifully written throughout, You become apart of the book. So when her lastest book came available I had to request it.

WoW......What a beautiful Book Invisible Childs was...........This is Jill's third book and it was a tough read in parts but so beautifully done.

Maddie is the main character of this book and you will learn of her life, what has happened to her to become living on the st
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Lisa Phillips
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maddie is watching and waiting. Living on the streets she is invisible to most people passing until a sweet girl named Rosie show interest in her. This is not the child she is waiting on but she at least realizes she is a person. She has been on the streets for years and is now looking for the one thing she lost years ago her daughter. Sometimes things happen we have no control over and we have to find away to regain control. When she lost her husband, she also lost her heart and mind. The bottl ...more
Angela  Mellor
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Invisible Girl was a thought provoking and at times hard read but one that had me hooked from the first page. This is my first book by Jill Childs and definitely won’t be my last.
Maddie is homeless, she is struggling with life and booze, living in bushes in the park and shop doorways. She does a good turn for Becca a young separated mum whose daughter takes an instant like to Maddie and before long she has been invited for Christmas dinner and then becomes nearly a constant resident until she ta
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Mommy Reads
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
What an incredible book! It is well written and thought-provoking. It will give you all the feels.

The story is divided in three POVs which took a few chapters to get them all sorted and be able to follow the story. It seemed like the women were connected in a way but I couldn't quite figure out how. I was immediately intrigued by the story and I couldn't stop reading. I wanted to find out how it would all end. Will the secrets destroy lives?

I found it interesting to see the dynamics from betwee
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SusanS
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Book Court - Where I'm the Judge and Jury

CHARGE (What was the author trying to say?): To explore whether broken relationships can be restored.

FACTS: This book is written from the viewpoint of several different characters. That seems popular right now, but I find it annoying. Choices have long-reaching consequences. Sometimes those choices splinter relationships. What are we willing to risk for our children – or in what ways are we willing to expose our children to risk? “Ah the tales within a fa
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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 stori
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