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Ghosted
A Novel
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"I absolutely loved this book and didn't want it to end." —Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies
"This is an 'accidentally stayed up until 4 a.m. because it's impossible to put down' kind of novel." —USA Today
Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call.
Sarah's friends tell her to forget about him, but she can't. She knows something's happened—there must be an explanation.
Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she's right. There is a reason for Eddie's disappearance, and it's the one thing they didn't share with each other: the truth.
Instant New York Times bestseller!
"I absolutely loved this book and didn't want it to end." —Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies
"This is an 'accidentally stayed up until 4 a.m. because it's impossible to put down' kind of novel." —USA Today
Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call.
Sarah's friends tell her to forget about him, but she can't. She knows something's happened—there must be an explanation.
Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she's right. There is a reason for Eddie's disappearance, and it's the one thing they didn't share with each other: the truth.
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  • From the book ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

    Copyright © 2018 Rosie Walsh

    CHAPTER ONE

    Dear You,

    It's exactly nineteen years since that luminous morning when we smiled and said good-bye. That we would see each other again was never in doubt, was it? It was a question of when, not if. In fact, it wasn't even a question. The future might have seemed as insubstantial as the curled edge of a dream, but it unequivocally contained us both. Together.

    And yet it didn't. Even after all these years I find myself stunned by that.

    Nineteen years since that day. Nineteen whole years! And I'm still looking for you. I will never stop looking for you.

    Often you appear when I expect it least. Earlier today I was trapped in some pointless dark thought or other, my body clenched like a metal fist. Then suddenly you were there: a bright autumn leaf cartwheeling over a dull pewter lawn. I uncurled and smelled life, felt dew on my feet, saw shades of green. I tried to grab hold of you, that vivid leaf, cavorting and wriggling and giggling. I tried to take your hand, look straight at you, but like an optical black spot you slid silently sideways, just out of reach.

    I will never stop looking for you.

    CHAPTER TWO

    Day Seven: When We Both Knew

    The grass had become damp. Damp and dark and full of industry. Stretching away toward the blackened ridge of the woods, it quivered with battalions of ants and ponderous snails and tiny, gossamer-spinning spiders. Underneath us, the earth drew to itself a last residue of warmth.

    Eddie, lying next to me, was humming the Star Wars theme tune. His thumb stroked mine. Slowly, gently, like the clouds moving across the fine clip of moon above us. "Let's search for aliens," he'd said earlier, as the violet sky had thickened to purple. We were still there.

    I heard the distant sigh of the last train disappearing into the tunnel farther up the hill and I smiled, remembering when Hannah and I used to camp out here as children. In a small field in this same small valley, hidden from what still felt like a small world.

    At the first sign of summer Hannah would beg our parents to put up the tent.

    Sure, they said. As long as you camp in the garden.

    The garden was flat. It was at the front of our house, overlooked by almost every window. But it was never enough for Hannah, whose spirit of adventure— even though she was five years my junior—had always exceeded mine. She wanted the field. The field straggled up the steep hill behind our house, flattening just enough at the top to fit a tent. It was overlooked by nothing other than the sky. It was speckled with hard Frisbees of cowpat and was so high up you could almost look down our chimney.

    Our parents were not so keen on the field.

    "But I'll be perfectly safe," Hannah would insist, in that bossy little voice. I missed that voice.

    "I'll have Alex with me." Hannah's best friend spent most of her time at our house. "And Sarah. She can protect us if any murderers come."

    As if I were a well-built man with a reliable right hook.

    "And you won't have to make our dinner if we go camping. Or our breakfast . . ."

    Hannah was like a tiny bulldozer—she never ran out of counterarguments—and our parents inevitably gave in. At first they camped in the field with us, but eventually, as I fought on through the knotted jungle of adolescence, they allowed Hannah and Alex to sleep up there alone, with me as bodyguard.

    We would lie in Dad's old festival tent—a lumbering thing made of orange canvas, like a small...

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  • Library Journal

    March 1, 2018

    Sarah meets Eddie, and they have six fabulous, love-drenched days together until he heads off on a scheduled vacation and fails to call from the airport as promised. Despite what her friends say, Sarah knows something has happened to him. Big in-house excitement for this English author's American debut.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    May 15, 2018
    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 connection 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(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 2, 2018
    Walsh’s bittersweet debut tackles the perils of modern dating. When Sarah meets Eddie in London, she’s sure she’s met the love of her life. After a whirlwind week of romance, Eddie leaves for a trip and tells Sarah how excited he is to see her when he returns. Then he stops returning her texts and calls. Sarah’s friends tell her she’s fallen victim to that terribly modern method of break-up, ghosting. But when she discovers Eddie’s friends haven’t heard from him lately, either, she worries something horrible may have happened. Little does she know that reason for Eddie’s radio silence might be worse than a cowardly breakup, and, indeed, the truth is gut-wrenching, truly surprising, and heartbreaking. Flashbacks to Sarah’s magical week with Eddie provide ample justification for her refusal to just let it go, but she’s also self-aware enough to know how desperate she looks as she keeps searching for Eddie. Though the ending comes abruptly, this tale of heartbreak will please readers who enjoy a good twist.

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