I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.The No-Show by Beth O'Leary
Published by Berkley on 2022-04-12
Length: 348 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2022 New Release Challenge, COYER 2022
Three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they're involved with the same man in this smart new rom-com by Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare.
Siobhan is a quick-tempered life coach with way too much on her plate. Miranda is a tree surgeon used to being treated as just one of the guys on the job. Jane is a soft-spoken volunteer for the local charity shop with zero sense of self-worth.
These three women are strangers who have only one thing in common: They've all been stood up on the same day, the very worst day to be stood up--Valentine's Day. And, unbeknownst to them, they've all been stood up by the same man.
Once they've each forgiven him for standing them up, they let him back into their lives and are in serious danger of falling in love with a man who seems to have not just one or two but three women on the go....
Is there more to him than meets the eye? And will they each untangle the truth before they all get their hearts broken?
Cleverly written, The No-Show by Beth O'Leary introduces readers to three women who have little in common except that they are all stood up by the same man on Valentine’s Day. On the surface, this book seems to be a women’s fiction centered around our three main characters as they delve into their own lives and relationship with the elusive Joseph Carter. In reality, it is much deeper than that, addressing mental illness, grief, and trust. O’Leary brilliantly weaves these women’s lives together proving that what’s on the outside doesn’t always match the inside.
Siobhan Kelly is a life coach who needs to take her own advice and prioritize her life before things get to be too much for her. Miranda Rosso is a tree surgeon who isn’t used to being the role of girlfriend but happily relates to being “one of the guys.” Jane Miller is a quiet character who works for a charity shop after leaving a scandal behind her in London. The only thing these women have in common is Joseph Carter.
Joseph Carter is handsome, charming to a fault, and always late. On paper, he’s the perfect boyfriend. Attentive, sweet, endearing, and quite lovable. But there is a mystery about Joseph that as the reader you are desperate to solve. Why is he with all three women? And AT THE SAME TIME?! This personally drove me batty trying to figure out because it didn’t match his character. He is devoted and loyal to each of these women and was not at all the sleaze I was beginning to think he was. This mystery drives the story, and y’all I could not have predicted the twists and turns along the way.
Overall I really enjoyed The No-Show. While I was expecting a romcom, this is more a women’s fiction with a romance side plot. I loved all three women. Each one had a distinct voice in the book, and I found I couldn’t chose a favorite by the end. And Joseph…I’ll be honest I was hating on him pretty much through the first three-quarters of the book (I do NOT like cheaters in my stories), but he won me over in the end as well. If you enjoy a little mystery and romance, I highly recommend you grab a copy of this one as it will not disappoint.