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

Rosie Walsh has written four books under the pseudonym Lucy Robinson. The Man Who Didn't Call (or Ghosted in USA) is her first novel under her own name. Here is my review for this stunning story of love and grief:

Title: The Man Who Didn't Call 
Author: Rosie Walsh
Published: June 14th 2018 by Mantle 

Blurb: The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh is a heart-wrenching love story with a dark secret at its heart, for anyone who's waited for a phone call that didn't come.

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.

Review: It's been a few days since I finished The Man Who Didn't Call and I am still thinking about it. In fact, I haven't been able to start a new book yet. This is how invested I became in this stunning story.

But let's start at the beginning, the story focuses on Sarah and Eddie. They have just spent a week together and have completely fallen in love with each other, they know there is something really special between them. But Eddie doesn't call. He doesn't respond to any messages, he is not online, he has disappeared. Sarah doesn't understand, she needs to know what happened to him. From here, we follow Sarah in this slightly crazy journey of trying to find out what happened.

Many times I thought I could guess how the story was going to pan out, and every single time I was wrong. I was shocked, surprised but above all, intrigued. I wanted to know what had happened and two nights in a row I went to sleep way too late. Sarah's story completely captured me and the more I knew about her, the more I rooted for her.

The cast of secondary characters was also spot on. Sarah's friends, both in the UK and US, were such interesting, supporting and complex characters on their own. They had their problems but were always there, ready to listen to Sarah and anchor her while she was losing her way. I also found fascinating Sarah's job and how she and her ex-husband had founded their charity.

Both Sarah's and Eddie's families played key roles in this story and added and even deeper dimension to it. Their struggles, their fears and their challenges felt completely real. I think Rosie Walsh painted a very clear picture of what it means to care for a loved one who is not well, how grief can affect your life and especially, what you are ready to go through for love.

A truly stunning story that I am planning to re-read very soon. It broke my heart but it also healed it. This story is going to be huge, and trust me, you don't want to miss it.

Rating: 5 stars

I would love to thank the publisher for sending me copy of this book via NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.

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2 comentaris

  1. I loved Lucy Robinson's writing and had no idea! I've just bought a Kindle copy Alba. Thanks for sharing your fabulous review on Talk of the Town. x

  2. I, too, have just bought a Kindle copy! Great review Alba :)