Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

It started with a phone call. Or, to be more accurate, a phone call that was promised but never made. There was nothing about the past week that may have made Sarah doubt Eddie, but after he left for his vacation, she never heard back from him. Is this just your average ghosting incident, or is there something deeper going on? First Look Club reviewers Katya and Jody dive into the heart of this romance-turned-mystery. Read their thoughts below.


Shaky beginnings

Katya says: Honestly, I couldn’t help cringing when I first saw the title Ghosted. But look beyond the buzzword title and you’ll find that there’s more than meets the eye. […] It took me a while to get into this book. But once I got a couple of chapters into Ghosted, I began to appreciate it… and even found myself genuinely teary-eyed at several points.

Jody says: To be honest, the book didn’t really kick off for me until a little past halfway through. The book has a mystery at its core, and the truth remains hidden for a large portion of the book. It can be difficult to keep going once you’ve reached 1/3 of the book and still have no idea where the story is going, but once the pace picks up, the wait becomes very rewarding.

Minor characters, major emotions

Katya says: While Walsh struggles with her minor characters—neither they nor their character arcs feel compelling—she captures heartbreak in all its pain and irrationality. […] Walsh also manages to handle difficult family relationships. Secrets, mental health, and trauma all make an appearance, reminding us that heartbreak happens in many ways, to many people.

Jody says: Typical minor characters play supporting roles and generally appear pretty carefree, but in Ghosted they are as complicated and conflicted as our main characters. Their own stories add another layer of complexity to the book that makes the characters pop and feel real.

Beyond prose

Katya says: As Walsh takes us through the day-to-day of Sarah’s life, she makes use of letters, Facebook messages, and even texts to weave the story together. And while these missives might seem gratuitous, even overly sentimental, at first, they bring Sarah and Eddie to life, far beyond what they know about each other.

Jody says: It’s cool how the author is able to show something I like to call, “Love in the Time of Social Media.” […] Being “seenzoned,” anxiously checking Twitter, Messenger, Whatsapp, and Viber for a reply, excitedly watching a gray typing bubble pop up, and endlessly stalking profiles are just some of the things that are normal for the characters in Ghosted too.

 

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh is available at Fully Booked stores and Fully Booked Online.


Katya has had a torrid romance with fiction for over two decades, and sneaks out in the middle of the day for clandestine rendezvous in cafés. She works in advertising and has four poodles. Read her full review here.

Jody is currently an undergraduate student taking up Education and is discovering everyday the greatest bits about reading and learning that fuel our thinking. Read her full review here.

[Thoughts and views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fully Booked. Then again, we love our authors anyway.]

 

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