Sarah doesn’t think she will ever find love again, but then Eddie comes around. Sarah is from California, but she is back in London after her recent divorce for her yearly trip home when she meets the man she knows she could actually spend the rest of her life with. She doesn’t know Eddie for long, just one week, but she knows it’s different than anything she’s ever felt before. Until he ghosts her. Ghosted is about feeling a love that is so real you can’t explain it — it’s a love you can feel in your bones — a love you’re willing to look absolutely crazy to find, but you don’t know if it’s willing to be found.
“Something was going to happen. Something had already happened. We both knew.”
Walsh’s novel is not everything it seems on the surface. The reader can think they have it all figured out until one little sentence changes everything.
The use of ambiguity mixed with specificity is what makes this novel so powerful — it’s such a good mirror to how so many people live their lives. They give you an inch, but you take a mile. For instance, the reader knows Sarah has been involved in an accident for much of the novel, but they aren’t entirely sure of the details of said accident. The reader also knows that Sarah lost her sister as a result of the accident, but again, some of the details are a little more than fuzzy. Walsh lures the reader into a sense of understanding when it comes to Sarah and what she’s been through, but they don’t know all the intricacies of her past — much like new relationships and friendships in life. You may think you know the whole story, but you’re really only getting what someone is willing to share with you. From that information, we construct our own versions of their lives, but we could be completely wrong — like I was with this book.
“Nineteen years since that day. Nineteen whole years! And I’m still looking for you. I will never stop looking for you.”
Ghosted was a book that shocked me. It left me turning page after page to find out the whole story — a story I thought I had figured out but, in actuality, knew nothing about. As people, and readers, we have a funny way of thinking we know everything there is to know about a person — until we don’t. Until they reveal something about themselves that completely changes the way we look at them, and that’s exactly what Walsh does with Ghosted.
It’s a story about finding love in the most unexpected places, but really it’s a lesson to never assume to know a person’s entire story.