Review: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

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. 

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/ghosted-by-rosie-walsh

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36464087-ghosted?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=bW4BVaKbmm&rank=1

My Thoughts:

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh is a compelling and original debut novel. At times I did find it a predictable read, however, there were enough surprises to keep me engaged. 

The first half of the book is told from Sarah’s POV. The start feels a bit slow as Sarah does a lot of whining and pining about a man she barely knows. However, interspersed in those early chapters are letters that are somewhat revealing. The second half of the book is told from Eddie’s perspective. This change in narrator is both revealing from a character development perspective and deceptive in terms of the plot.

While I thought there was much that was predictable in Ghosted, there were also plenty of twists. I thought I had everything figured out, and then was hit with a huge, heart-dropping, angst-creating twist. While I ended up surmising the outcome, my enjoyment of the story was not diminished. The use of letters, changing narrators and time periods makes the story layout very interesting. 

I found Ghosted hard to put down, and I can’t put my finger on why was so invested in the characters. The ending is a bit tidy compared to the messy middle, but I suppose that is part of the allure of reading fiction. Who doesn’t wish all their relationship and life problems could be neatly wrapped up in a finite number of pages?

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