The No-Show

The No-Show by Beth O'Leary

There is so much I want to say about this book, but I don’t want to give anything away for future readers, so will have to try and be cryptic.

At first, I was a bit dubious about whether I liked it or not. It is about a man called Joseph Carter who is involved in some way with three different women, Siobhan, Miranda and Jane. So really how could the story go anywhere good? He can’t keep stringing them all along and more than one of them is going to get hurt.

The women were all a bit pathetic when it came to Joseph, they literally melted in his presence and charisma and even when they began to have doubts about his honesty and secrets, he would somehow manage to always avoid answering anything he was asked, and they all just let him. So that really annoyed me, massively.

But as the story develops, things change for all of them and their individual relationships with Joseph. I preferred Miranda the most out of the women, she was stronger and fun and more down to earth. But I could see she was better suited to AJ, heck, I wanted to date AJ! Siobhan was ok, she had a lot of past emotional issues that affected her in the present, but I couldn’t see where she would fit in with Joseph and there were no other men in her life. I thought Jane suited him best, though I liked her the least, she was too bland and blah to be interesting.

But then the story takes a massively unexpected direction, and you don’t see it coming and it is so intriguing. It starts to make more sense now and all the little connections start to add up. It was a heart-breaking ending. Nice in a way, but really sad too. Once I was halfway in, I was hooked and flew through it. Really enjoyable and I would highly recommend.

Submitted by Stephanie