Review of If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton
If You Could See Me Now is a women’s fiction book about a young featuring Izzy Haris. Izzy should have everything, but she doesn’t. She is stuck in a job where she is constantly overlooked, and in a relationship with someone who clearly isn’t interested in her. Izzy’s best friend Tash is drop dead gorgeous and turns heads everywhere they go, which leaves Izzy feeling second best. In short, Izzy is one of those women who simply blends into the background and it’s clear to see why she feels like she is invisible.
After a drunken and dreadful attempt at seduction one night, Izzy wakes up with a raging hangover and a terrible case of invisibility. Yes, you read that correctly, actual invisibility. She calls her best friend Tash over and they desperately try to make Izzy reappear, but the affliction appears to be permanent. I don’t want to spoil the story by giving away too many details, but the strange turn of events are life changing for Izzy.
She dumps her oblivious boyfriend and starts working on an incredible work pitch that she is sure will lead to the promotion that she has been dreaming of. However, when you’re completely invisible the chances are that things don’t always go to plan, especially when you add a sexy work colleague and a broken heart into the mix.
My thoughts on If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton
Having known Keris Stainton as a writer of young adult fiction, I wasn’t sure what to expect from her debut novel into women’s fiction. However, I found If You Could See Me Now to be a really enjoyable story.
The plot, in which a young woman wakes up and finds herself invisible offered something completely different to the more general stories found in women’s fiction. I loved the fact that Izzy’s invisibility was a real hurdle to overcome, rather than focusing on the other issues in hand which on their own would have filled the novel. I really don’t want to spoil the plot, but Izzy’s ex-boyfriend Max turns out to be a bigger prat that we originally believed and this causes some problems for her. However, the invisibility also turns out to be a blessing as Izzy stops coasting at life and is forced to act. In fact, invisibility appears to be the making of Izzy and she sets upon sorting out her problems with a furore that she lacked previously.
I really liked the character of Izzy and I’d like to think that there is a little bit of Izzy in us all. She is a fun and engaging young woman, but doesn’t have any idea of her own self-worth. The story centres around Izzy refocusing her energies into the things that matter, and having a little fun on the way too. But the longer that Izzy remains invisible the more complicated her life becomes. She needs to find a way to reappear, and fast!
Izzy’s friend Tash is instrumental in the story, particularly as she is the friend who everyone wishes that they had. Loud and brazen, Tash turns heads wherever she goes, but for all the right reasons and she also knows exactly what to do in a crisis. Initially, I wasn’t sure where Tash’s character would go in the story as she was initially a little too brazen and a little too brash. However, as the plot develops and she turns to Tash for help, we see a much softer side to Izzy’s friend.
Throughout the story there are a lot of laugh out loud moments and the book is a light and funny read, whilst still tackling a number of important themes. The plot itself was very easy to follow and I was kept guessing right up to the very end. The only criticism I have is that I would have liked to have seen more mischief. There are a couple of scenes in which Izzy uses her invisibility to get revenge on those who have wronged her. However, I would have liked to have seen more escapades, but that’s just because I love a good prank.
Overall, I thought that Can You See Me Now by Keris Stainton was a really good debut adult novel and perfect for those who enjoy a light and funny read. The story tackled issues that are actually very relevant for many young people today, but in a light hearted manner.
I’m looking forward to Keris Stainton’s next offering.
You can pick up your copy of If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton from Amazon for just £5.99.