“Life is too short to run around after someone who makes you miserable.”
Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.
When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.
Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.
Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth. (Goodreads)
*ghost – verb, to end a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh is another highly anticipated read that did not quite deliver. I’m afraid I have mixed feelings for this book—it’s definitely a unique story, and the author successfully delivered plot twists and reveals that completely took me by surprise. I normally like those, if I‘m reading a crime thriller. I guess the pretty packaging just did not align to the actual content and my brain is having a hard time adjusting to the experience.
“I’ve decided this must be what purgatory feels like. Perpetual postponement. Intense waiting in the key of fear minor. Nothing moving, other than the slow hands of a clock.”
Overall, it’s not a bad read, in fact the plot is intriguing and interesting. However, the writing was sort of all over the place. It’s like watching a melodramatic TV show with endless conflict, angst and plot twists (even the secondary characters had them).
I feel like my review is also a bit scatterbrained today, so to be more concise:
What I loved: excellent plot twist. Also the portrayal of how ghosting looks like in this modern age, and how it’s still possible to do so even with social media and easier connectivity
What I didn’t love: the writing style is just not for me. There was just too much going on and I was hoping to have more of the romance between the main characters. I felt the devastation of being ghosted was not effectively communicated, and so I didn’t care much for their reunion but read on just for my own curiosity.
“We are not just victims of our lives. We can choose to be happy.”
Still, I have no regrets in reading this book. The beautiful book cover is enough for it to earn a permanent place in my bookshelf. More importantly, at least now I can finally sleep at night knowing the reason why Eddie disappeared. Believe me, for all the downsides I’ve mentioned, just knowing the answer is worth the read 😆
Overall Rating: 3/5
About the Author
Rosie Walsh is a writer and former documentary producer. THE MAN WHO DIDN’T CALL (UK title) / GHOSTED (US title) is her first novel written in her own name. She has written four other books under the pseudonym Lucy Robinson.
Visit her website here.
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published May 1st 2018)
ISBN 0525522778 (ISBN13: 9780525522775)
Edition language: English
Original title: The Man Who Didn’t Call
Genres: Fiction | Romance | Mystery | Contemporary
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