Thursday, 5 July 2018

Book Review: The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh




Title: The Man Who Didn't Call (aka Ghosted - US version)
Author: Rosie Walsh
Publisher: Mantle (UK) and Pamela Dorman Books (US)
Publication Date: 1 May 2018

Twitter: @TheRosieWalsh

Blurb

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 you 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 by 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

The Man Who Didn't Call is a wonderfully entertaining and enthralling tale, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So huge thanks to Rosie Wilson at Pan Macmillan for providing a review copy of the book.

The US title for this book is Ghosted and that one word explains the premise perfectly. Sarah Mackey and Eddie David's first meeting starts with a sheep and ends after the perfect few days together, when Eddie is due to fly away with friends on a pre-booked holiday. They arrange to meet up again on his return, with Eddie promising to call Sarah from the airport. Yet he doesn't call....

Sarah is a great protagonist. She's strong and warm and very relatable. Whilst her obsession with Eddie's silence lasted longer than one would expect (it has to of course, otherwise there wouldn't be a story here!), I could fully sympathise with the thoughts running through her mind. If someone simply doesn't call, you need to know why otherwise it's difficult to let go.

The story has great pace to it and grips the reader from the very start.  It deals with some serious topics - bereavement, guilt, mental illness and forgiveness - in a compassionate and sensitive manner. The story raises the question of whether love really can overcome all obstacles or whether there are some things that even love can't fix.

The Man Who Didn't Call is beautifully written and full to the brim of warmth and wit. The author has a gentle manner to her writing which lulls the reader into thinking that they know where the story is heading, before throwing out an unexpected twist or a sudden moment of drama that enthralls the reader and makes this book a real page-turner.

Overall, The Man Who Didn't Call is a touching and heartfelt love story with a wonderful dash of humour, that will keep you guessing until the end. I loved the book and I would happily recommend it as a perfect choice for fans of love stories with a slight twist.

About the Author

Rosie Walsh is a writer and former documentary producer. The man who didn't call (UK title) / Ghosted (US title) is her first novel written under her own name; under the pseudonym Lucy Robinson she has written four other books. 

Having grown up in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Rosie now lives in Bristol with her partner and son.

Before having a baby, Rosie played violin in an orchestra, did yoga, dancing and running, volunteered at a literacy charity and enjoyed cookery, coastal walking and theatre. She now spends most of her time fantasising about lie ins and a clean kitchen!



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