Review: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

by Rosie Walsh
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by 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.

My Thoughts

Sarah meets Eddie. They have seven perfect days together, and then without any warning he disappears from her life. Sarah is convinced something must have happened to him. After all, people get ghosted all the time. Her friends try to convince her that's what happened. I thought so too. I thought Sarah was losing her mind. I started to think this book was about an unhinged woman, but then Rosie Walsh throws her readers a curve ball, and the whole game changed.

I don't believe in love at first sight. How can you love somebody without knowing them? I do believe in attraction at first sight though. I also don't believe that love conquers all. It'a nice sentiment, but not realistic. Because there's always something, some sort of deal breaker that always hangs in the air, a line that shouldn't be crossed--ever. And that's sort of what this book is dealing with. 

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh starts out a bit slow, at least for me, as the story unfolds leaping from the past to the present. The author uses the combination of the two to tell Eddie and Sarah's story. Her friends and the events that surround her all giving subtle clues to what's really going on, but nothing really made sense until I was two-thirds of the way through. The story didn't really start to come alive for me until I was about halfway through. But I'm glad I stuck with it because the ending had me on the edge of my seat.

Ghosted is an intriguing mystery with romance at its heart that brings up some thought-provoking questions about love. After it was all said and done, I thought the story was done well. I thought I had it all figured out, and then there was a major twist full of emotional turmoil. For a book that started out slow, it definitely ended on a high note.

*I received a copy of Ghosted for review purposes by the publisher. This in no way influenced my opinions of the book.