Ghosted – Rosie Walsh
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Release Date: July 2018
Synopsis: **Note – UK title is The Man Who Didn’t Call**
Six 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.
Review: If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Lucy Robinson and have been lucky enough to review a few of her previous books and have even interviewed her for a piece here on the blog. What does Lucy have to do with Rosie Walsh and Ghosted? Rosie Walsh is Lucy Robinson, and Ghosted is the first novel she’s written under her own name. When I started hearing about Ghosted and all the publishing world buzz, I was super excited. It sounded completely different to her previous Lucy-era books and, after what’s felt like a million years, I was ready for a new book. Let me tell you, bookworms, it’s a cracker.
Ghosted is very different to Walsh’s previous books, but in a good way. She’s “grown up” so to speak, and while there were funny moments, this book doesn’t have the same silly/quirky vibe. It’s a lot more serious and sad, but also mature.
Among the many things I loved about Ghosted was the way Walsh paints such detailed and clear imagery of the Gloucestershire countryside. You can tell she’s in love with the area–it almost turns into its own character at times, and more than once I could feel the summer sun beating down on the back of my neck, especially during the pub scene at the start of the book! Oh how I miss pub gardens!
Ghosted doesn’t disappoint in the slightest, and I’m sure it’s going to be one of those books you see everyone reading on the Tube in London over the summer. It’s so relatable–well, up to the twist at the end where we learn Eddie’s reason for ghosting Sarah, that is! I tend to think most people who ghost don’t have a legitimate reason like Eddie does. I’ll stop there… I don’t want to ruin anything!
Thank you to the publishers for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.