Suddenly, there was all this buzz about a book: The Man Who Didn’t Call. Or, if you’re living in the US: Ghosted. Yeah, it’s one of those books with a completely different title in the States. Anyway, it just came out this month. This is the first novel by Rosie Walsh under her own name, so it’s a debut of sorts. Since there was so much buzz and since I could buy the e-book for less than €3,- (yes, I am a cheapskate) I decided to read it. And I went in blind; all I did was read the blurb.
What does the blurb say?
Thank you Goodreads, for helping out as ever. Here’s the summary for The Man Who Didn’t Call/Ghosted:
Imagine you meet a man, spend six 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?
This is not a thriller
Because that’s what I thought, going in. Ha ha, jokes on me. Because this is obviously not a thriller. It’s a feelgood/chicklit novel. But the tagline is ‘Six perfect days. Then he disappeared.’ So maybe going in blind wasn’t the best decision ever. I thought it would be a whodunnit kind of book, or a mystery about that man. But it’s about love and loss and ultimately, these aren’t the kind of books I tend to read. It’s just not my genre. So, I have nothing much to compare The Man Who Didn’t Call with. Since I did buy it and since there was buzz, I read it anyway. I think this is the perfect beach book; it’s very light, it reads like a train and you don’t have to think about difficult plot lines/ a lot of characters.
Here’s the thing though: this book reminded me why I hardly ever read this genre. Even though it is a very well written book with a nice pace; it didn’t do anything for me personally. I didn’t like the two main characters and I didn’t like knowing from the start (or, as soon as I figured it wasn’t a thriller) they would (DUH) get a happy end. Because that’s how books like this go right? There’s some drama, there’s some separation and in the case of The Man Who Didn’t Call, also a bit of a mystery.
The mystery is not such a big mystery
There are hints throughout the story to figure out what happened – why the mystery man doesn’t call. And it’s not very hard to figure out. The exact details are, of course, a bit of a revelation. But ultimately, it was pretty clear what had happened in the past. So maybe because I didn’t have the element of surprise, this also wasn’t the book for me. But, I am a big plot guesser; there aren’t a lot of books that really surprise me with a big plot twist. So I can imagine there are tons of readers who were shocked to find out what the backstory is. For them, I kept this review spoiler free. I really hope this book does surprise you. I reckon it would make it ten times more better.
So ultimately, maybe I should have done more research. But still, as the book was so very cheap, I don’t feel I wasted any money or time. It was a pleasant read for sure, but for me, that was all it was. This book won’t stick with me for a long time. I would only recommend it to people who actually love this genre or who are looking for the perfect summer read. Don’t read this as a negative review though; as I said, this just isn’t the book for me personally and I can understand why it speaks to others and why it has a 4.18 rating on Goodreads.
+ Perfect summer read
+ Fast paced
– Forgettable plot and characters
– Not such a big mystery
– Ultimately, just not my kind of book.