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

What’s it about?

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.

My thoughts

I’m not a huge reader of ‘chick-lit’ as I’m not a light and fluffy predictable ending kinda gal, which is what I look at this cover and think I’m going to get.  However, I bought this book on another book blogger’s recommendation whilst it was on a 99p Kindle offer.  I read it on holiday and in all honesty I couldn’t read it quick enough to get through all the twistiness. No such predictably here, thank you very much!

It was definitely not the typical light-hearted boy meets girl romance I was expecting, it was so much more, with the added mystery element which was soooo good!  I found both Sarah and Eddie to be such relatable characters and I love it when the characters are of a similar age to me…this always makes me feel hopeful.

I’d seen this term ‘ghosting’ surrounding the book which I’d not heard of before but am now fully up to speed:

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 ignoring the former partner’s attempts to reach out or communicate.

I have to wonder if Sarah’s reactions were over the top batshit crazy or would you have done the same thing? I think I kind of sit on the fence here, I’m pretty sure I would have made all the calls and left messages texts etc but I’m not sure I would have turned up at his football club – different folks, different strokes!  I was just cringing for her!

At the heart of the book is forgiveness and moving on against some quite big odds.  I enjoyed the writing, the pace and this book is surprisingly twisty and quite intense in places – I thought it was a great read.

I’m just now looking forward to my seven days 😉

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Author links: Twitter | Website

Small print for info
Source: Purchased
No of pages: 352
Publisher: Mantle

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