The Man Who Didn’t Call
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?
When Sarah Harrington meets Eddie David, her life quite literally changes. On a quite lane in rural Gloucestershire, their paths converge and for six glorious days fate conspires to give them something special and rather remarkable. Both hindered by their own struggles in life, a spark of something bright pulses between them and fills them with the confidence to explore it. Over the six days, they shrug of the mantle of strangers and become lovers, their feelings tying together and making them certain that they have quite literally stumbled upon some extraordinary in one another. When they are forced to part, Eddie promises to call.
But he doesn’t.
Befuddled and hurt, Sarah waits patiently for him to contact her, the days stretching into one another until weeks have passed by. At first she believes the worst, that Eddie is hurt and unable to contact her. Then realisation hits her. He is ignoring her. Only her. Determined to extract the truth from this sudden turn of events, she messages him. But once again he ignores her. Advised by her friends to forget and move on, Sarah is caught between their logical suggestion and her own feelings. How could Eddie ignore her? How could he have gone from the kind, charming man he was then to the man he is now? Convinced there must be a reason, Sarah perseveres. But will the outcome be worth it in the end? What is he hiding? And if he isn’t the man she thought she knew, who is Eddie David?
This book will resonate with many readers, not only for the sense of confusion and hurt Sarah feels with regard to her relationship with Eddie but more prominently, the raw grief and heartbreak following a tragedy in her past. That single event split her life apart and no amount of time has healed the pain, or managed to stitch up her broken heart. That is until she met Eddie and finally she felt a semblance of her old self return. For me, Sarah wasn’t only searching for Eddie in the days following his disappearance but also for that part of herself. A way of forgiving herself and finding happiness. Rosie Walsh captures a broad scope of emotion in these pages and draws the reader in seamlessly. I really enjoyed following Sarah and Eddie’s journey! That twist at the end knocked my socks off. It gave the book an edge that will lodge it firmly in the reader’s mind.
The Man Who Didn’t Call is a book about falling in love, the impact of loss, learning to forgive and finding a new way in life. It’s at times uplifting, others devastating. Woven through are strands of humour that will have you giggling away to yourself. Rosie Walsh brings to life a diverse set of characters, each one perfectly imagined and stunningly written. Fantabulous!
Emotional. Twisty. Fantastic!
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About Rosie Walsh
Rosie Walsh has lived and travelled all over the world, working as a documentary producer and writer.
The Man Who Didn’t Call is her first book under her own name.
She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.
You can find Rosie on Twitter here!
Huge thanks to Rosie Wilson, Sam Humphreys and Mantle for my review copy!