I was slightly conflicted on how to rate Ghosted by Rosie Walsh, but in the end I had to go with 3 STARS. If I gave it a higher rating, I would have been disrespectful to my other 4 or 5 STAR reads, as this one wasn’t on the same level.
I was excited to read Ghosted by Rosie Walsh as it was my July 2018 Book Of The Month choice. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good I hoped for.
I’m going to try my best to keep this review pretty. No promises.
First, a quick word from the author. . .
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.
The first half of Ghosted was very self-loathing and boring, IMO. I contemplated giving up several times but I wanted to continue since I paid for the damn thing. The middle part was a bit better and my hopes of enjoying it were on the up and up. The last 80% or so was interesting but not exciting.
I will admit that I found the characters unrelatable and teenage-like for the most part. The constant whining over, “Why didn’t he call?”, was pretty annoying for this grown woman to read. Both main characters were damn near forty acting like sixteen year olds.
I never felt invested in their outcome. I never got to a point where I cared about either of the main characters. They were very flat and lacked a true personality. I kept waiting for my head to care but it never really came.
Honestly, if you’ve read the synopsis then you already know the first 65% of the book.
- Girl meets boy.
- Girl likes boy.
- Boy likes girl.
- Boy never calls back.
There really wasn’t much more to it than that.
Later on we do find out why the BOY ghosted the GIRL and we get a better idea of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the situation. I will say that after I found out the who, what, when, where, why, and how, I started to lose interest. . . again.
Long before we find out what the deal is, she’s stalking his friends all across England, even they knew that Eddie didn’t want to be bothered with Sarah.
“I’m sure you’re very nice, and if it helps, I don’t think you’re mad, and neither does he, but. . .stop” – Martin (Eddie’s friend)
The story is told from the Sarah’s POV for the most part and then we get a few chapters from Eddie’s POV which was nice. I was excited to read his thoughts. I was hoping that I have some sort of connection with him, but it never came.
As I’m writing this review, I realized I haven’t stated what I did like.
- The cover was really cute.
- I finished it.
No, seriously, I liked the premise of the book and it did get me excited for like 4 chapters. I was interested in those 4 chapters! I didn’t get all the feels, but I had a few here and there.
I sympathized with Sarah and I liked her and Eddie together. I liked how the author attempted to tackle mental health. There were moments that I was really rooting for the side characters. Did I mention that the cover was cute?
Now, for the important questions. . .
Do I recommend this book? Yes and no. Yes, if you are looking for a light story that contain little suspense. No, if you are looking for a story that will give you all the feels.
Will I read another book by this author? No. The writing was good and I’m sure she will have long career but I’m not into her type of stories. That’s okay. Not every authors style will match what a reader is looking for.
I hope I kept it pretty and didn’t get to messy.
Remember to follow all things messy. . .
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