Ghostedby Rosie Walsh Published 24 Jul 2018
|Publisher||Pamela Dorman Books|
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"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.
2.5 rounded up .
This is one that I thought I would love - what’s not to love about a love story? But I just didn’t connect. There were several things that rang true in this novel- marriages don’t always work, accidents happen and handling grief is difficult and different for each of us. There definitely were some tough things that happened to the characters and I felt for them over their losses, over the burdens they carried. But the premise of the book that had a woman falling apart after a one week affair with a man who disappears from her life just didn’t work for me, mainly because there just wasn’t enough of their time together shown to reflect a realistic connection between them for me. If I had felt that connection, I could have gone with the flow and accepted all of the coincidences that made this feel a little contrived with a predictable ending. It’s barely 3 stars for me. Bottom line is that I’m not the audience for this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this does well with fans of romance. I upped it to 3 stars in spite of the things I didn’t connect with because I did connect with the grief expressed by Sarah and Eddie for their sisters in the letters they wrote. This was my first read with Traveling Sisters and I enjoyed getting the perspectives of others who read this, even though we all didn’t agree.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Pamela Dorman/Penguin Publishing Group through Edelweiss.
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.
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.
GHOSTED by ROSIE WALSH was such a beautifully written love story that had a hint of mystery to it and a few surprising twists, that I absolutely adored! This book was extremely gripping, intense, and a heartwarming story that had me totally engaged and interested right from the very first chapter to the very last page. I was totally intrigued and emotionally invested in this whole story and I really appreciated that I went into this one blind. Some parts of this novel I had an intimate and emotional connection to.
ROSIE WALSH delivers an original, well-paced and well-written read here with believable and convincing characters. I could totally relate to Sarah & Eddie’s characters and their short and intense relationship. My relationship with my husband was so similar to the love story in this book. So for that very reason I found this story both intense and beautiful and had me choked up quite a few times. I was totally entertained and flew through those pages!
Publishing Date: July 24, 2018
This was another extremely compulsive read for me as I was emotionally invested and gripped right from the beginning which followed through to that extremely touching and stunning conclusion. Would highly recommend!
Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books / Penguin Publishing Group and Rosie Walsh for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.
Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading.
Coulee: a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley.
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.
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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