Ghostedby Published 24 Jul 2018
|Publisher||Pamela Dorman Books|
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.
This novel turned out to be something completely unexpected, I liked it!
Sarah and Eddie met and spend seven wonderful days together with the promise of seeing each other again, however, after saying goodbye Sarah does not hear from Eddie again. She calls him, texts him, sends him messages on facebook with no response on his part. What happened to Eddie? Well, there’s a backstory which you will find out about if you read the book.
ghost·ing | ˈɡōstiNG/
the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication.
I don’t know what else to say about the book without giving something away. When I started reading the book all I knew about it is what’s described in the synopsis (which is not much), at the moment I had no idea if this was a thriller, mystery, romance, or what and it turned out to be something completely unexpected that I enjoyed.
The novel is well-crafted and engaging, the characters are likable. Overall, I enjoyed it and recommend it to readers.
I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss
* I read this book with the Traveling Sisters. Our discussions made my experience more enriching and interesting*
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I'll be honest and say that this book has left me feeling conflicted. The concept of "ghosting" intrigued me but Ghosted ended up being something other than what I expected.
Sarah & Eddie meet, spend a week together & fall deeply in love. Maybe my romantic heart has hardened with age but the fact that this thirty-something year old woman became OBSESSED with Eddie after 7 days just didn't seem romantic to me. It felt unstable. All her frantic, unanswered attempts to reach out to Eddie crossed a line in my mind. She appeared desperate, unbalanced and stalkerish.
I found myself feeling annoyed with Sarah's behavior. I simply had no sympathy for her as a character, mostly because of the way she was acting. She was very self-centered not even noticing what her friends were going through around her due to her "Eddie Tunnel Vision". Yet, I admittedly was still intrigued by what could have actually led to Eddie "ghosting" her. Walsh laid out several breadcrumbs and my curiosity was definitely piqued. There was no doubt that I had to know what was actually going on. Was Eddie married? Was he a criminal? Was Sarah actually mentally unbalanced and imagining the connection they had?
So, back to my conflicted feelings regarding Ghosted . Sarah genuinely annoyed me and I found the whole insta-love aspect far-fetched. Yet, I have to also admit that I found the book compulsively readable. I couldn't put it down because despite its failings, I did want to find out what was actually going on. I couldn't look away from Sarah unravelling before my eyes. Her actions were reminiscent of a character in a bad Lifetime movie. If you're like me, you can't flip the channel on one of those either so you understand! One surprising aspect was that I really connected with the grief aspect of the story. The loss of a loved one is palpable, raw & real. I thought Walsh's portrayal of the way various family members handle grief differently in response to tragedy was empathetic, honest & very well done.
I enjoyed some of the twists this book took and it definitely wasn't what I expected going in. Unfortunately, I just never had a big enough connection to Sarah & Eddie's insta-love relationship to feel fully invested in what happened with them and that was the bulk of the book. If I'm going to be honest, it was definitely more curiosity than anything else, that kept me turning the pages to the end.
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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The first half of Ghosted was very self-loathing and boring, IMO. I contemplated giving up several times but I wanted to continue since I paid for the damn thing. The middle part was a bit better and my hopes of enjoying it were on the up and up. The last 80% or so was interesting but not exciting.
Honestly, if you’ve read the synopsis then you already know the first 65% of the book.
* Girl meets boy.
* Girl likes boy.
* Boy likes girl.
* Boy never calls back.
There really wasn’t much more to it than that.
Later on we do find out why the BOY ghosted the GIRL and we get a better idea of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the situation. I will say that after I found out the who, what, when, where, why, and how, I started to lose interest. . . again.
Long before we find out what the deal is, she’s stalking his friends all across England, even they knew that Eddie didn’t want to be bothered with Sarah.
“I’m sure you’re very nice, and if it helps, I don’t think you’re mad, and neither does he, but. . .stop” – Martin (Eddie’s friend)
I liked the premise of the book and it did get me excited for like 4 chapters. I was interested in those 4 chapters! I didn’t get all the feels, but I had a few here and there.
I sympathized with Sarah and I liked her and Eddie together. I liked how the author attempted to tackle mental health. There were moments that I was really rooting for the side characters.
Do I recommend this book? Yes and no. Yes, if you are looking for a light story that contain little suspense. No, if you are looking for a story that will give you all the feels.
Will I read another book by this author? No. The writing was good and I’m sure she will have long career but I’m not into her type of stories. That’s okay. Not every authors style will match what a reader is looking for.
Remember to follow all things messy. . .
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Ghosted was a frustrating read--The majority of my frustrations stem from the book’s structure. While there are some wonderful pockets, as a whole this book did not work for me.
Sarah and Eddie met by chance. They spend seven glorious, passion-filled days together and make plans for the future. But then Eddie “ghosts” Sarah, who cannot comprehend why the love of her life would vanish without a trace. Sarah verges on obsession trying to find out what happened to Eddie and begins to question whether or not there time together was real.
My reading experience:
It took until I reached the 50% mark for me to get into this. I found the first half boring and Sarah’s obsession with Eddie began to grate on my nerves. Since the reader only gets glimpses of her time with Eddie vs. being immersed in their time together, I didn’t feel their connection and began to wonder if Sarah was mentally ill. I was going to DNF and began scrolling through my tbr to plan my escape. But I had some questions about Sarah and came up with a crazy theory, so I kept on reading to see if I was right about her--I was completely wrong.
There’s a major twist, which threw me for a loop and finally drew me into the book. But then more and more twists come, which I just didn’t find necessary. Why couldn’t we just get a straightforward, heartfelt read and have characters face their fears and emotions instead of putting things off continuously?
Since I never felt the romantic tension between the characters, I could care less about whether or not they got together and the air of mystery keeping them apart just made me more frustrated. Had we seen them together, perhaps my feelings for them would have grown. But alas, they did not.
Lastly, there were some weird transitions and time jumps. I read an ARC of Ghosted, so the final version might read a little differently. In the version I read, I had to keep going back to see if I missed certain events (I did not) or if the author just skipped over some important events (it appears she did).
I feel like Ghosted has a lot of potential, and I was intrigued by parts of it. However, I have a read a few romances recently that kept me reading all night to see if the characters would get together (or back together) and sadly Ghosted just doesn't compare.