Bookreview: Ghosted By Rosie Walsh

Posted August 3, 2018 by Renee / 21 Comments

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Published July 24, 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books 

Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

Book Quote – “I wondered how it was that you could spend weeks, months – years, even – just chugging on, nothing really changing, and then, in the space of a few hours, the script of your life could be completely rewritten.”

 

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I feel very conflicted about this review! I was dying to read this book, not only because I feel like everyone has been ghosted at some point in their lives, but I was also really intrigued about why he ghosted her. If they were in love as we’re pretty much told right from the start that they are, did he (Eddie) get killed? Was he kidnapped? Was he really a criminal? Did he have a secret family somewhere and got cold feet? Or was she (Sarah) reading the whole thing wrong and perhaps a little off? So many questions and I was completely on board with finding out the answers.

For all the above questions, I was initially very pulled into the beginning of the story but it wasn’t long before I realized the structure wasn’t quite what I expected. We’re basically told in shorter vignettes…Day 1, Day 2…etc (interspersed with present day & letters to someone?) about how Eddie and Sarah met and the development of their insta-love. I have to say, I’m ok with insta-love BUT I need to feel invested and connected with the characters and I just didn’t with these two. For me, the short time we spend with them in each section felt forced, I didn’t believe in their connection let alone the fact they were supposed to be in love so quickly; therefore, I had a very hard time with Sarah’s complete obsession and basic meltdown when he never called.

But here’s the weird thing….I read this straight through, staying up super late to find out what happened. So on the one hand it’s compulsively readable; on the other, I also did quite a bit of skimming…of the abundance of scenery details as well as the side characters’ stories because I just really wanted to know WHAT HAPPENED TO EDDIE!! I won’t say more about whether I was satisfied with the outcome as I’m still figuring out what I think about a few of the twists the author surprised me with. Rosie Walsh is definitely a talented author who can weave interesting surprises in her story.

If your interest is piqued, I highly encourage you to not read a bunch of reviews or even any more of the blurb, just jump right in and see for yourself what you think….and then come back here or send me a message on Twitter or Instagram and let’s discuss!!

 

 

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21 responses to “Bookreview: Ghosted By Rosie Walsh

    • Thanks Chrissi, yes it was an interesting read for me because I wanted to know what happened but along the way I was also very frustrated with certain aspects. I hope you’ll give it a try if you’re interested in it!

  1. Susie | Novel Visits

    I keep going back and forth on Ghosted and reviews haven’t helped much because they’ve been on both sides of this debut, too. I think with yours I’m going to skip it, unless I reach a slow spot later this fall.

    • I agree, there are a lot of mixed reviews which I didn’t read until I was finished but I can see the points on most of them. I would really love to hear your thoughts on this one if you do decide to give it a try…the good news is it’s a fast read and there’s quite a bit that you can skim through.

    • I agree, there are a lot of mixed reviews which I didn’t read until I was finished but I can see the points on most of them. I would really love to hear your thoughts on this one if you do decide to give it a try…the good news is it’s a fast read and there’s quite a bit that you can skim through.

    • I agree, there are a lot of mixed reviews which I didn’t read until I was finished but I can see the points on most of them. I would really love to hear your thoughts on this one if you do decide to give it a try…the good news is it’s a fast read and there’s quite a bit that you can skim through.

  2. Sorry….but now I’m not sure. I’m actually not a huge fan of insta-love, and then if a character’s all smitten for reasons unknown I’m not sure if I could be convinced.
    Thx for your thoughts on this one. There must be at least some merit to it though since you read it through to the end, albeit skimming some. 😊

    • I hear you, this is a tough one because I wasn’t convinced about the fast love yet I was sucked in to the mystery aspect of what happened to Eddie. I’d be interested in chatting with you if you do read it!

    • I hear you, this is a tough one because I wasn’t convinced about the fast love yet I was sucked in to the mystery aspect of what happened to Eddie. I’d be interested in chatting with you if you do read it!

  3. I just started a book last night and then this morning, I got an email from the library that my hold on Ghosted came in. All day, I have been wondering if I should put the book I just started last night aside to read Ghosted, but this settles it that I can finish this one before I start it.

  4. I understand your feeling, sometimes I read a book super fast because it’s fast-paced and you want to know what happens even though it might disappoint you… not a perfect read but entertaining! Curious about this one, but I wouldn’t prioritize it!

  5. Your new site looks great Renee. Congrats on the move.

    Fab review! I have had similar experiences with books that I just couldn’t stop reading because I needed answers. I am curious about Eddie so will definitely add this one to my TBR.

    • itsbookt

      Thanks Deanna. It’s one of those that I couldn’t wait to read, it’s a fantastic premise, and I’m glad I did even though I had issues with a few things.

  6. Ti

    Everyone seems to be reading this one. It’s gotten so much buzz. I like the premise. There are so many books about people disappearing and yet I never tire of them. Sometimes the lead-up is fun even if the payout isn’t what you expected. With this big buzz books I tend to keep my expectations low.

    • itsbookt

      I love the premise too. I have such a hard time keeping my expectations low on highly buzzed books but as often as I’m disappointed I really need to get better at that:)

  7. The cover of this book really grabs my attention, but I have to admit that I’m constantly disappointed it’s not nonfiction about the phenomenon of ghosting. That’s a book I would love to read! Perhaps for that reason, I’m not terribly excited about the story it is and it sounds like there were a number of things you didn’t love about it, so I don’t know that I’ll be giving it a try.

    • itsbookt

      Ghosting would certainly make a very interesting nonfiction book! It’s seems to be pretty universal so I think most people can relate to it, maybe someone will take on that topic for a book sometime

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