This is the second book by Rosie Walsh I’ve read, and it was just as good as the first (Ghosted, or in the UK, The Man Who Didn’t Call). If you’re looking for an emotional thriller, get off the internet right now and go read this book.
Here’s the gist: Emma and Leo have a great life together: they’ve got the child, the dog, the house, and the kind of marriage their friends envy. The problem is, everything Leo knows about Emma is a lie.
Leo doesn’t know this yet. But his job as an obituary writer means that when Emma’s battle with cancer gets serious, Leo starts to draft her obituary as his way of coping. His research into her life unearths things he can’t quite explain—and he soon discovers the love of his life is not the woman he thought she was.
My thoughts: If you’re the kind of person who thinks they’re good at figuring out what’s going on way before the author wants you to, then this book will prove you wrong. It’s kind of my dream book: in-depth character development, characters you actually care about, beautiful prose, and a plot to keep you turning pages. It was, as @biancamarais_author put is, “a masterclass in specificity”—so if you’re an aspiring writer, this is a great example of how to add the little details to make the world you’re creating come to life. I want to be Rosie Walsh when I grow up.
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