Review: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Posted October 13, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
Ghosted

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Pamela Dorman Books
Released on July 24, 2018
Pages: 337
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

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.

Review

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole Rae
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romantic suspense and women’s fiction? FUN!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, this was definitely a winning mash up, Carole. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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Being ghosted sounds rude as hell. I’ve heard people talk about that and being ghosted on social media where someone can just block you on social media. So rude. Sounds like it turned out to be a good read.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I agree. It sure caused a lot of pain with this one. Although, the reason turned out to be something well out of the ordinary and worth all the build up when I stuck it out.
I’m with you, though, that it would be awful to be left hanging and not know why when in a relationship.

ShootingStarsMag
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I was curious about this one, so I’m glad you didn’t DNF and it got better in the end. That’s good to know!!

-Lauren

Sophia Rose
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Yes, go into it like it’s women’s fiction and a slow mover, but be prepared for a big twist and then it gets riveting. 🙂

Lorna
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Lorna

I have seen this one around and wondered about it. The cover sure doesn’t hint that it’s romantic suspense though. I don’t think I want to read 2/3 of a book before it gets good though so thanks for the heads up!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I put it down a few times, but the mystery of why he ghosted her nagged at me so I had to find out what happened. LOL But, I don’t usually have the patience for things to get to the point, either.

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!
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I had no idea about social ghosting. Sounds awful. I have to give this one a read. Glad it picked up in the latter half.

Mary

Sophia Rose
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It really does sound awful especially when you’re at the height of a relationship like these, too. Hope you enjoy it when you get the chance, Mary.

Lola
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The mystery and suspense sounds well done, but it seems like it really takes some time before that part of the plot gets started and that’s too bad it’s hard to pick up on the hints with the way the first half was structured. The last third sounds really engaging. That’s great it ended up being a great read for you instead of a DNF like you thought at first.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, it was very different from what I was used to and I just couldn’t get in the rhythm with this book until near the end. Glad I stuck with it to find out the solution to the mystery because it was a big one.