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?
I’m pretty excited about The Man Who Didn’t Call… oh ok I’m VERY excited about this novel! I went into this novel thinking it would be a mystery but it turned out to be quite an emotional read and so beautifully written! The majority of it is a romantic love story type of book of two people who can’t be together, with just a bit of mystery mixed into it in the beginning to get you really hooked. Maybe some might find the resolving of his disappearance a bit slow-going but be patient, it’ll be so worth the wait!
Sarah and Eddie met and I’m normally not fond of instalove, I don’t buy it so easily, but I felt it, Eddie was everything Sarah missed in her marriage, and they do seem perfect for each other, everything goes so naturally with them. But then Eddie had already planned a holiday and Sarah didn’t want him to give up his plans, and what’s two weeks anyway… Only he doesn’t stay in touch and he doesn’t call her at all when he should be back. Her friends try to convince her that she got cold called or ‘ghosted’ (as the US version of the book is titled) but she doesn’t believe that’s possible. She felt their connection so she’s already thinking the worst, him being in a hospital, losing his phone, anything to explain his silence. I was inclined to say at the time that the mystery wasn’t really a mystery to me, I thought I knew the underlying reasons through a few hints I thought I picked up on but the author is so talented that she still managed to give me an OH NO-moment and turned the world on its head for me. Brilliant!
I was in the mood for losing myself in a novel and this one was really perfect for it. Rosie Walsh writes with so much sensitivity that you get Sarah and Eddie and how they feel and you want to reach out and kind of hug them both.
The plotline also touched on several other sensitive issues as depression and mental health issues, grief, an unfulfilled child wish, and clowndoctors. There was drama but also hope and love and that overruling question if love can overcome in the end. I only knew I wanted to see them back together again, despite… everything.
I’m sure you’re dying to know why he didn’t call but all I can say is that he had very good reasons and you’ll have to read the novel to find out!
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.