Book Review

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN by Erika Robuck (Out 2/9/2021)

I received a gifted galley of THE INVISIBLE WOMAN by Erika Robuck for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!

Publication Date: 2/9/2021

Rating: 4 / 5

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN is historical fiction based on the very real Virginia Hall. Virginia was an American woman who fell in love with France as a young woman. In the midst of World War II, she is determined to do everything she can to help the French resistance drive out the Nazi occupation. With the expectation that she’ll likely only have six weeks to live under cover as an Allied spy, she heads into France to do the work that needs doing.

I didn’t know a lot about this one going into it, but I was quickly hooked and flying through it much faster than I expected. Knowing that Virginia was based on an actual woman history who accomplished so much made the story even more engaging! Virginia meets a colorful cast of characters in her work and I loved that the author even included notes in the end about the original people she based the characters on.

This isn’t Virgina’s first mission and her past mission did not end well. We get to see the impact of PTSD on Virgina’s life and on the lives of the people around her, both Allied spies and French resistance. Virginia also has a prosthetic leg named Cuthbert, something that is a challenge at times (including the fact that the Nazis are on the look out for a limping spy) but also occasionally a benefit in the way she shows her resilience. I appreciated the layers of disability rep in the story!

Writing a story centered around a woman who was good at keeping herself and her life secret was no doubt a challenging project, but the author really pulled together an engaging story! Look for this one when it is out on 2/9/2021!

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