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Invisible Threads


Sara, a psychotherapist, always thought her husband died in Afghanistan – but when she learns he was actually killed in India, her desire to uncover the truth leads her to a clinic in New Delhi.

On arriving in India she discovers ‘Devidarsi’, where women who have traditionally acted as prostitutes do so at temple – a practice which is meant to be illegal. Digging deeper, Sara then learns of a man who was instrumental in rescuing trafficked women in Bombay. She soon finds out that this man was, in fact, her husband. Killed in a 2008 terrorist attack on a Bombay hotel, he was also with another woman on the day of his death..

As Sara’s quest continues, she becomes increasingly attached to the clinic and her work. And, when her favourite patient is kidnapped by a local temple, her plans to return to England are put on hold.


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Dimensions 216 x 138 cm
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  1. Spectator

    ‘On the surface, Invisible Threads is a novel about an English woman on a personal journey to India, and comes with many of the trappings we’d expect … The deeper issue of Invisible Threads is the terrible position of girls and women in India, and Beresford skilfully weaves visceral examples of their plight into Sara’s experience while she is there investigating her husband’s death … The book’s great strength is the plurality of the title’s Invisible Threads. These allude to the marital bond that pulls Sara along in her quest to discover how her husband died, and also to her links with the abused women of India she tries to help on the way. Beresford’s novel is both enjoyable and eye-opening, alluring and appalling; it is a call to respect the ties that bind us all’

  2. The Literary Review

    ‘Beresford tells a taut, complex story, no less compelling for its compassion. Readers looking for a well-written psychological thriller could turn to Invisible Threads and not be disappointed, but this is a much more ambitious novel than that. Invisible Threads is du Maurier-esque at best; Beresford rarely sets a foot wrong.’

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