by Walsh, Rosie

An idyllic romance between Sarah and her boyfriend, Eddie, is shattered when Eddie abruptly disappears, prompting Sarah to ignore her friends' advice and investigate what really happened. A U.S. debut.

Rosie Walsh traveled and lived all over the world, working as a documentary producer, before settling in Bristol, England, where she lives with her partner and son. Ghosted is her American debut.

*Starred Review* Sarah fell head over heels for Eddie the moment she saw him. A chance roadside meeting led to a drink at the pub, which led to a 12-hour date, which led to a week so full of memories she didn't think she'd be able to forget any of the details. They tore themselves apart long enough for Eddie to promise to call her after he returned from an already-planned trip, and Sarah knows he can't come home soon enough. When Eddie doesn't return any of Sarah's texts or calls two weeks after he was supposed to return from his vacation, she can't stop reliving that one perfect week over and over again. What was she missing? Had he really felt nothing for her? Or was he hiding something from her, and did it have anything to do with the secret that she'd been hiding from him? A perfectly paced domestic drama centered on two lovely, lonesome people, Ghosted is a brilliant debut novel that explores the power of fate. Writing like a British cousin of Liane Moriarty or Maria Semple, Walsh has a gift for blending complex characters, intricate backstories, and neck-snapping plot twists. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

In Walsh's American debut, a woman desperately tries to find out why the man she spent a whirlwind week with never called. Sarah has just separated from her American husband and is visiting her hometown in England when she meets Eddie. He's kind and charming, and although they only spend one week together, she falls in love. When he has to leave for a trip, she knows they'll keep in touch—they're already making plans for the rest of their lives. But then Eddie never calls, and Sarah's increasingly frantic efforts to contact him are fruitless. Is he hurt? Is he dead? As her friends tell her, there's a far greater likelihood that he's just blowing her off—she's been ghosted. After trying to track Eddie down at a football game, Sarah starts to become ashamed of herself—after all, she's almost 40 years old and she's essentially stalking a man who never called her. But as Sarah slowly learns, she and Eddie didn't actually meet randomly—they both have a conn ection to an accident that happened years ago, and it may have something to do with why he disappeared. The tension quickly amps up as the secrets of Eddie's and Sarah's pasts are revealed, and the truth behind their connection is genuinely surprising and heartbreaking. The barriers between Sarah and Eddie seem insurmountable at times, and although their issues are resolved in a tidy manner, the emotions behind their actions are always believable. Walsh has created a deeply moving romance with an intriguing mystery and a touching portrait of grief at its heart. A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that's perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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