I realize this doesn’t look like a scary book. But that’s because it’s specifically designed to frighten ME personally.
(The book is Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray.)
In this story the protagonist, a doctor’s wife and mother of nearly-grown children, suddenly turns invisible. And no one in her family notices.
As long as they get their dinners cooked and laundry washed, they don’t care if Mom is there or not. Wow, huh?
I’m pretty sure this could happen in my house rather easily.
This idea REALLY scared me, so I asked my husband and daughter:
- Me: Would you notice if I turned invisible?
- GG: What?
- Hus: Are you kidding? What are you talking about?
- Me: Well, there’s this book I’m reading. I wondered… Like if you kept getting your food on time and stuff, would you notice if I just disappeared?
- GG: Of course I would.
- Hus: Where’s the food coming from?
- Me: Well, from me. I’d just be invisible.
- Hus: That’s stupid.
- Me: But would you notice?
- GG: I mean, it might take me a while, but by nighttime I’d be like, Where’s Mom?
- Hus: I’d call the police. I’d say, Hey, my wife is gone and some stranger freak is putting out food.
- GG: Yeah that’s creepy.
- Me: But, I mean… would you notice? That I wasn’t there?
- Hus: What kind of books are you reading anyways?
- GG: So…what’s for dinner?
Needless to say, these were not reassuring answers.
But I guess it’s about what I would have expected.
So I guess I’ll go make dinner now…