Rosie Walsh's American debut Ghosted was my Book of the Month pick for July. I am deeply saddened to admit that I FINALLY picked a BOTM that I did not enjoy. I guess it was bound to happen eventually so it's really nothing to cry home about.
First, let me start by saying I NEVER recommend that you not read a particular book simply because I did not enjoy it. I personally believe everyone should read everything.
Secondly, my reviews are just my honest opinions. Many people have read and enjoyed Ghosted. I've seen lots of reviews praising the novel and plenty of posts gushing over Ghosted as well. The only way to truly know if Ghosted is something you will enjoy is to read it for yourself.
Apparently, this is a real thing actually happening to people all over. According to Wikipedia Ghosting is breaking off a relationship (often an intimate relationship) by ceasing all communication and contact with the former partner without any apparent warning or justification, as well as avoiding or ignoring and refusing to respond to the former partner’s attempts to reach out or communicate.
I learn something new every day.
Girl meets boy. Girl sleeps with boy. Boy doesn't call. Girl goes bat-ish crazy.
A tale as old as time. lol.
Throw in some major family dysfunction, tragic loss, and stalker-like tendencies and VIOLA you have Ghosted.
Sarah (poor Sarah) meets the man of her dreams and instantly falls head over heels in love. Eddie is perfectly content to admit that she has not fallen in love by herself and spends a full week showing her he feels the same. And then nothing. Eddie falls off the face of the Earth and Sarah falls apart. Blindsided by Eddie's disappearance there's almost no limit to the crazy Sarah is willing to inflict on herself and her friends in an effort to locate Mr. Eddie David.
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When it rains
Poor Sarah is stuck trying to stop her downward spiral as she deals with ailing family members, the loss of her sister that still plagues her, the scrutiny and judgment of her friends and co-workers, as well as her pending divorce. The harder she tries to move on, the harder it gets for her to maintain her sense of normalcy.
That one week with Eddie ripples through her entire life like a boulder thrown into a calm river.
And another one.....
Talk about the plot twists.
About mid-book things take a shift and just keep on shifting. Majority of the people who didn't enjoy the first half of the book ended up absolutely loving the second half and the ending.
Unfortunately, I was so annoyed by Sarah's foolishness that by the time I made it to the second half I was already over it. I could see those plot twist coming a mile away and was like "just end it already".
I will say that I did enjoy the second half more than the first. It just wasn't enough to win me back over. Rosie Walsh did a good job of making you think one thing was coming and then BLAM plot twist. Of the 27 plot twist, I will give her credit for getting me with one of them.
Questions, Questions, Questions
Ghosted will make you wonder if you can really love someone instantly. Can you really love the man you've known for a week more than the man you've loved for nearly two decades? It'll also make you wonder if there is anything horrible enough to keep you from true love.