Christine: I am very flattered! With Invisible it was mostly the scenario, but also the setting. It was inspired by a three-week trip to Sweden with my husband. I decided that I very much wanted to set part of a novel there and as we were driving around on a rare trip with no children in tow, I thought about how difficult it is to keep a relationship fresh in everyday life, clogged up as it is with cooking and cleaning and negotiating who puts the bins out or picks up dry-cleaning. I had an idea about a woman and a man who meet once a month for a week-end and have absolutely no involvement in each other’s day to day life. It is pure escape for her, but he has a different and more sinister reason for not wanting more. And then one day he fails to turn up . . .
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