Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
Pub. Date: July 24, 2018
Source: ARC via publisher (Thank you, Pamela Dorman Books!)
Summary: 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.
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery

Having returned home for the anniversary of a day she’d rather forget ever happened, Sarah meets Eddie. Unexpectedly (and much to their mutual delight) the pair instantly hit it off and spend the next seven days together. Eddie nearly calls off his already-booked holiday in Spain in order to spend just a few days more with Sarah, but she urges him to go; she’ll be right there waiting when he returns. After all, she’s fallen in love and is certain he feels the same way about her.

Although Eddie promised to call the moment his plane lands, a hour goes by without word. Sarah’s content to brush it off, he just landed and was surely busy unpacking. Then hours turn into days and soon weeks go by without any word. Despite her friends’ protests, Sarah insists something isn’t right. Those seven days were life-changing, he wouldn’t – couldn’t – act like they didn’t mean anything! She’s convinced there’s an explanation for why he hasn’t called…or texted…or emailed, and she’s not going to stop until she gets answers.

Just two chapters into this one, I mentioned in my IG stories that it was going to be a one-sitting read. I was wildly impressed from the start, but little did I know what was in store! Some might be a bit turned off by the premise: a woman nearing 40 who can’t let it go that a guy she’s known for a week won’t call back, but oh. em. gee. This one was good. Crazy good. Forget-to-eat-dinner-and-stay-up-too-late-reading good.

Rosie’s friends are the voice of reason. Of course she should let it go. Sarah spent a fantastic week with Eddie, but he’s clearly not interested. Sarah refuses to accept his rejection though and her hunt for the truth had me glued to the page. As her search progresses, so does her descent – not into madness, but this frantic, compulsive need and I was absolutely hooked.

Woven throughout the novel is a good bit of backstory (namely Sarah’s reason for returning home) and her history with her two closest friends, the business she runs with her ex-husband, and an employee who’s struggling to come to terms with her infertility. There are some seriously heavy topics in Ghosted, but not once did I feel weighed down. Instead, every plot, every character, spurned the story on at a breakneck pace!

On a slightly unrelated note, I totally related to the immediate connection Sarah and Eddie had. Four years ago I shared my own instalove story: just a week after we met Matt and I started dating and one short month later we moved in together! Seven years later and I’m so grateful I make an impromptu stop that night. Admittedly, we were in our mid-20s, not 40, but still! Instalove must run in my family: a mere nine days after meeting, my aunt and uncle married! That was 40 years ago. Team instalove over here!

Ghosted was a fun, intense read that made the jump to a fantastic read after a twist I truly didn’t see coming. The twists aren’t anything alike, but one of my favorite reads of 2017 also started out as a good read that became great because of a tiny reveal. Ghosted‘s completely changed the story for me and I knew then and there I wasn’t going to stop until I reached the end.

It’s hard to discuss specifics and details of Ghosted without spoiling anything. Already electrifying, Ghosted turned into an un-putdownable read during one reveal and I was completely captivated. This was a one-sitting read that’s stayed with me long after turning the final pages and I can’t believe this is a debut! Rosie Walsh is off to a phenomenal start and I’m so excited to see where she goes next.

3 thoughts on “Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

  1. […] GHOSTED BY ROSIE WALSH was a fantastic, engrossing debut. After a whirlwind week-long romance, Eddie leaves for a holiday in Spain, promising to call once his plane lands. …only, Sarah doesn’t hear from him. As the hours turn into days and then into weeks, she becomes convinced there was a reason for his abrupt vanishing act: he’s not replying to texts, not answering phone calls, not even responding to facebook messages. Her friends think she needs to move on, after all she’s only known the guy a week, but Sarah wants answers. I blew through this one and it deserves all the praise and hype it’s getting! And that twist!! […]

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