The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

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Publication – August 2019 (UK) Pan Macmillan

Synopsis

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything.

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn’t call.

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other?

The truth.

Review

After spending a week with the man of her dreams, Sarah is ghosted leaving her hurt and confused but also convinced something sinister has happened to him. While her friends try to get her to move on, not quite believing how good this week was, she insists on reaching out on messages, to friends and even turns up at his football ground looking for him. Something isn’t right and Sarah is desperate to find out what happened after she parted ways with her perfect man, Eddie.
The concept of ghosting certainly isn’t a new one in today’s society but Rosie Walsh really puts her soul into the narrative. I found it a slow start where I tried to figure everything out myself but as the story developed I wasn’t so sure and I was desperate to uncover all of the secrets keeping me hooked until the end. This novel was so well written, I was utterly convinced my theory was right all along only to be laughed at upon conclusion.
I expected a light-hearted romance novel and I got a gripping mystery thriller of a read instead. I really enjoyed this novel – it completely threw me off – I didn’t see the outcome coming at all which was a nice experience. Reading a lot of novels often makes certain tropes and narratives seem a bit tired but Rosie Walsh really pulled this one out of the bag. I’ve already recommended this to a lot of people! The characters are realistic and well developed to drive the narrative to its conclusion.

Goodreads Rating – 4/5

 

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