Ghostedby Published 24 Jul 2018
|Publisher||Pamela Dorman Books|
"I absolutely loved this book and didn't want it to end." --Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies
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.
I’ll preface this by saying that many readers will be enthralled by Ghosted. It may be my cold, dark heart but I am not among them. After spending six days together, Eddie and Sarah fall hopelessly in love. Both are pushing forty and I can’t help but think this is quite a stretch. Poof! Eddie disappears; Sarah is devastated and spends an inordinate amount of time trying to find him. This was tedious and rather pathetic. Eddie’s side of the story is equally insipid. Again, blame my cold, dark heart not the novel. Coincidence and contrivance continue until it’s wrapped up with a big shiny bow. As a debut novel, it’s fine and I think Walsh will have a successful romance writer’s career. If you are a romance reader, keep her on your radar.
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Mi-a stârnit interesul titlul, curioasă fiind să descopăr povestea. Este o carte a emoțiilor, a bucuriei, tristeții și a fericirii. O poveste de viață ce are loc în Anglia, unde autoarea reușește efectiv să ne poarte. Bazată pe suspans și mister, “Bărbatul care n-a mai sunat” este asemănătoare cu un labirint. Cititorul este tot timpul în ceață, indiferent ce presupune că se va întâmpla...constată că nu se întâmplă.
Personajele mi-au plăcut, sunt reale. Cu calități și defecte, ca orice om de pe stradă. Am avut impresia că îi pot întâlni oricând.
Subiectul cărții mi-a plăcut, este ceva aparte, cu care nu te întâlnești zi de zi.
Toată cartea am avut senzația că sunt un detectiv pornit să rezolve o enigmă. O enigmă a cărei explicație este cheia întregului roman.
Mi-au plăcut cele două personaje principale. Sunt capabili de sacrificii , se pun pe ei înșiși pe locul doi...în ziua de azi nu prea mai vezi așa ceva. Sunt capabili să sufere în tăcere, să-și accepte vine și să facă tot posibilul pentru a fi fericiți. Până la final am fost convinsă că situația lor nu are nici o rezolvare.
Am avut parte de o poveste incredibilă! O poveste de dragoste imposibilă, o lecție de viață, suspans cât cuprinde!
Singurul minus al cărții a fost coperta, care nu atrage vizual atenția. Dacă o văd pe raft, nu mă face să iau cartea în mână. În rest... am avut parte de o lectură captivantă!
O autoare de care voi ține cont pe viitor.
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Ghosted is a spectacular debut novel; it is beautifully written and perfectly paced, and I could not put it down until I was finished reading it. Walsh kept me guessing the entire time, and I thought the book was truly perfect from beginning to end. The plot and storytelling are unique, the characters are highly likeable, and the ending is both satisfying and believable. My one small complaint is that the book cover is not great; it bears no relation to the story and is not very appealing. Other than that little detail, I loved the book. I highly, highly recommend it, and I cannot say enough good things about it.
This is one of my favorite fiction reads of 2018. I think it helped just jumping right into the book without rereading the synopsis that I had long ago forgotten. Really all you need to know is Sarah and Eddie spend an incredible week together even though they have just met, make plans to see one another after Eddie comes back from vacation, and then Eddie ceases all communication with Sarah and she is left wondering what happened.
I just really love how the author used the whole "ghosting" concept in the book. I think it is totally relatable as a dating fear, that you will connect with someone and then the person just mysteriously vanishes from your life and you are left to wonder what went wrong. It brought a level of mystery to the story as you wondered what exactly happened to make Eddie stop contacting Sarah. The pacing of the story was excellent as the author did not drag the mystery until the last 5 pages to reveal what happened. Instead the story unfolded naturally and went in all these interesting and unexpected directions.
What I find both strange and amusing is I actually found the background of Sarah and Eddie first meeting and spending time together to be the weakest part of the story. And yet I still felt invested in their relationship and getting to the bottom of what happened. Kudos to the author for such an entertaining read!
I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
Ghosted is a new novel that presents a love story with quite a twist. A thirty something couple meet and spend six unforgettable days together. Their time is cut short by a long planned holiday overseas, but both vow to reconnect upon return. Only the phone call that is meant to reconnect them is never made. Ghosted is the tale of two people finding love, falling in love trying to recover after losing love. Ghosted is the latest absorbing love story from Rosie Walsh, who has previously written under the name of Lucy Robinson.
Touted as a book for Jojo Moyes or Jane Green fans, Ghosted introduces us to the writing of Rosie Walsh, who has a number of other books under her belt, published in the name of Lucy Robinson, her pseudonym. Walsh also has a background in the blogging sphere, working for Marie Claire, where she touched on topics such a love and dating. All this has put her in good standing to release a new novel under her own name and it is a beauty at that. Ghosted is about finally making that leap, delving head first into the love of your life, only to have it all whipped away – after only six days together. Sarah finds herself bereft and in a state of both longing and confusion, when the man of her dreams, Eddie, fails to contact her after a booked holiday. All sorts of scenarios are conjured up in Sarah’s mind, but after a relentless search, Eddie cannot and perhaps does not want to be located. As Sarah tries to move on with her life, she cannot shake Eddie’s silence and the real reason for his distance. When the truth is discovered it rocks the very foundations of Sarah’s world.
If I could issue an award to the most surprising novel of the year it would be this one, hands down. Ghosted is a book that taught me a lesson about not judging a book by its cover, author endorsements and blurb. I have to admit that I wasn’t terribly excited at all going into reading this book. Of late, I have struggled to connect to British chick lit, the genre this book seems to be compared against. However, Ghosted sure does take the cake for the novel that startled me. I wasn’t expecting to love this book to the degree to which I did. I will attempt to illuminate why I adored his novel and why ever since reading it I have been sharing it around with my book worm friends!
Ghosted initially reads as a fairly standard British chick lit style love story. Boy and girl meet, fall in love and we are swept away for six love filled days with the leads of this novel. Then it all comes plummeting down in quite the dramatic fashion. With promises made to call and reunite once Eddie reaches his holiday destination, all hope seems to be lost. No matter how hard she tries, Sarah cannot get hold of Eddie, all sorts of scenarios bounce around in her mind, which we as the reader are privy to. Then we learn of the real significance of the title of the story, Ghosted refers to someone who blocks contact with another, so all tempts by phone and social media are refused. It is a concept I only just introduced to thanks to this book.
Although the love story sequences between Eddie and Sarah are relatively short, we still feel completely invested in their love story. I genuinely felt devastated for Sarah and her ‘ghosting’ by Eddie. Initially I thought this book was going to take a supernatural element, by I was way off the mark! There are some wonderful twists to Ghosted, which I refuse to discuss in any form of detail as I would feel terrible if I ruined this book for anyone. What I will say is that when the dots are joined together, everything kind of makes sense. I know I did a great big ‘ah’ sigh when I realised what I had missed. Rosie Walsh is one clever author, who not only diverted my attention elsewhere, but she also served to draw me into chick lit again! But I would much prefer to class Ghosted as a ‘life lit’ style novel.
I do apologise if I come across as vague, but I feel Ghosted is one of those novels that slots nicely into a ‘do not discuss’ category, due to the nature of the plot and the twists that occur. But what I will stress is this is a book that delivers. Ghosted is a fine domestic based family drama. It is also an everlasting love story that puts a great big spotlight on the role of fate in our lives, as well as our ability to forgive and forget.
I loved it and I hope you do to!
*I wish to thank the publisher, Pan Macmillan for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.