By Rosie Walsh
Author Website: www(.)rosiewalsh(.)com
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. (Goodreads)
It took me awhile to get interested in the story. The synopsis instantly caught my attention, but the way the first chapters of Ghosted are presented to the reader can be confusing. The first chapters are written through present and past events storytelling mode. One chapter will describe a day in Sarah and Eddie’s lives and then another chapter will switch to the present where Eddie is already gone and Sarah is looking for him.
I feel that this was the author’s way of giving the readers clues to find more about Eddie and the reason he might have disappeared, but for me I just wanted to get to the point. I knew we would get there, but I just wanted it now. Eventually, half way through the book, it got really interesting. Without spoiling it too much, Sarah is visiting her parents in the UK and is also there to cheer for her best friend as he is trying to land a fitness program deal with a local school. Sarah meets Eddie, they have a wonderful week together and then he disappears. Sarah has several secrets she kept from Eddie, one being that she is in the process of getting divorced which makes her think that maybe Eddie found out through her Facebook and he doesn’t want anything to do with her.
The only problem is that Eddie hasn’t given any signs of being alive to Sarah or any of his acquaintances. Sarah begins to believe that Eddie could have gotten hurt in his trip and somehow he can’t communicate to ask for help. But the true reason Eddie disappeared is because of why Sarah visits home every year. Not just to visit her parents but because it is the anniversary of certain event. At this point in the story it is when past and present meet and the story divides into two point of views: Sarah’s coping with the idea that Eddie is gone, and Eddie telling why he left Sarah.
Sarah, Eddie and the rest of the characters are unique in their own way. I loved Rudi, Sarah’s best girlfriend’s son, he was a mature kid for his age and the one always breaking the ice. There were also several events that I liked throughout the book, but my favorite was reading about Sarah and her life in California when she moved as a teen, how she met her husband and started her foundation. Apart from that I liked when her grandfather told her his life’s story. I did not see that coming.
Ghosted is a contemporary romance novel with a dash of mystery, it starts calm and then it gets exiting. If you like mystery this is the book for you. If you like romance this is also the book for you. And if you’re like me and want to know what is the reason for Eddie’s disappearance, be patient, everything is well planned.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*