The No-Show – Beth O’Leary

Published By: Quercus
Pages: 400
Released On: 12/04/2022

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 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 a d 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?

*****

*Contains spoilers*

Thanks to Quercus for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

I’ve got a number of Beth’s books on my shed but bizarrely have never actually read one, they’ve just become an ever-present addition to my tbr shelf. But I jumped at this one. And I’m a little on the fence.

The storyline was not what I expected from the premise. I assumed the three women in question would meet early on and find out they are dating the same man and spend the rest of the book plotting their revenge, but – I won’t spoil it completely – that’s not what happened at all.

I found the women a bit flat and a bit of a pushover; they weren’t the powerful and strong women I was expecting. I also didn’t like Joseph as a character, or even as a villain; and his redeemable features did not do enough for me. I found the three points of view of the women a bit confusing as well but I do understand why she’s written it this way.

It was enjoyable and pleasant to read, funny and sad, but it didn’t hit the dizzying heights I was expecting. It did change pace about 75% of the way through so I am glad I stuck it out, but you do have to invest in it for the payoff to be worth it. Having said all this, I do seem to be in the minority here judging by other advanced reviews.

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