This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Pamela Dorman Books
Released on July 24, 2018
There are some books that right out of the gate grab you and pull you in. Ghosted is not one of those. Rather, Ghosted tends to be somewhat offputting and meandering until about two-thirds in and then it takes your heart, squeezes, and then it is you who can’t let it go.
Ghosted is a standalone that doesn’t like to be categorized so it crosses with romantic suspense and women’s fiction. British author and British setting, mostly. The whole first half is a woman desperate and needy, not exactly likeable though more pitiful than anything. She’s the forty-year old newly divorced woman who has a week long love affair and then gets ghosted. Meanwhile, the reader is treated to hints that before her blase’ marriage, she was involved in a family tragedy and before she was ghosted this was truly a case of instalove and connection. She’s convinced that Eddie wouldn’t just leave her stranded and not knowing that if he was really not into her that he’d say so even when her bestfriends tell her to let him go. She can’t. Did something dire happen to him?
Yeah, it was the mystery of Eddie’s sudden disappearance and those odd little things like the silent calls and the person spying on her that kept me reading. The big reveal was a doozy though the hints were there if the person was looking. Thing is? It was tough to pick up on the hints or anything else the way the first half of this book was structured. I got turned around between the storyline of present day, dips into the near past of her time with Eddie, and then her memories of the distant past when she was a teenager all rotating plots around each other. I did much better when all the past was caught up and we were back on a linear time line for the plot.
Once it got past the half-way point and into the last third, this was an emotionally engaging story that broke my heart a little. Poor Sarah! Poor Eddie! Tragedy strikes a second time for Sarah. But, don’t flee in fear, there is hope at the end.
So, in the end, instead of DNF-ing like I thought might happen, I was riveted and utterly satisfied with the latter half of the story. It’s a tad convoluted for the first half, but I think, worth it for fans of women’s fic crossing over with romantic suspense.
My thanks to Penguin Viking/Pamela Dorman books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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