Open Your Eyes
The Invisible Crowd by Ellen Wiles is a powerful contemporary novel surrounding the topic of seeking asylum. It is an intense read and one that will horrify you, break your heart, and cause you to realise that people the world over want the same thing – someone to love them and a place to call home. I would like to say that I enjoyed the novel but that sounds flippant in light of the subject matter. So I will say that it was a powerful read that totally consumed me, held my attention, invaded my life and I could not put it down.
The novel uses the microcosm of focusing in on one man – Yonas from Eritrea – to represent a macrocosm of unknown faces. We see the world from his point of view. He interacts with others. There are chapters written from others points of view. We see the impact Yonas has on lives around him.
The novel is about love, loyalty, bravery and a search to be loved and to belong. There are some big hearts out there who help and there are some absolutely awful people who abuse, take advantage or just do not care. There are some difficult to read scenes as Yonas fled persecution. There are topics of self harm, trafficking, cruelty and suicide.
The Invisible Crowd is such a powerful read – a work of fiction but based on the author’s factual knowledge. If you only read one book this year – read this one and open your eyes to the world around you. To the hardships some innocents face.
The Invisible Crowd has the potential to be the next best seller. It certainly deserves to be. This book is crying out to be read – please buy and read it today.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.