The funny, heart-breaking and uplifting new novel from the author of The Flatshare
*The instant Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller*
'Ingenious, heartwarming and romantic' SOPHIE KINSELLA
'Surprising and deeply satisfying' EMILY HENRY
'The kind of book that leaves an impression on your heart' HOLLY MILLER
'Such a clever, finely woven, sweet and heart-rending story' BOLU BABALOLA
Three women. Three dates. One missing man...
8.52 a.m. Siobhan is looking forward to her breakfast date with Joseph. She was surprised when he suggested it - she normally sees him late at night in her hotel room. Breakfast on Valentine's Day surely means something ... so where is he?
2.43 p.m. Miranda's hoping that a Valentine's Day lunch with Carter will be the perfect way to celebrate her new job. It's a fresh start and a sign that her life is falling into place: she's been dating Carter for five months now and things are getting serious. But why hasn't he shown up?
6.30 p.m. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane's fake boyfriend at an engagement party. They've not known each other long but their friendship is fast becoming the brightest part of her new life in Winchester. Joseph promised to save Jane tonight. But he's not here...
Meet Joseph Carter. That is, if you can find him.
The No-Show is the brilliantly funny, heart-breaking and joyful new novel from Beth O'Leary about dating, and waiting, and the ways love can find us. An utterly extraordinary tearjerker of a book, this is O'Leary's most ambitious novel yet.
'The kind of book you want all your friends to read so that you can talk about it non-stop' LIZZIE DAMILOLA BLACKBURN
'A brilliant, multilayered, romantic stunner' LAUREN HO
'Sweepingly romantic, bursting with character, and so, so clever' GILLIAN McALLISTER
'A superb rom-com with a heart wrenching twist' DAILY EXPRESS
'Perfect escapism: romantic and uplifting with a twist you won't see coming' LUCY DIAMOND
'Charming and delightful!' LAURA WILLIAMS
'It will break your heart in a million different ways' LOUISE O'NEILL
'A truly brilliant book' LUCY VINE
'Fresh and surprising yet still so distinctly Beth O'Leary' CAROLINE HULSE
'This book will stop-start your heart with plenty of tears and plenty of laughter' LIA LOUIS
'Fresh, clever, superbly plotted . . . A triumph' MIKE GAYLE
'Beth O'Leary at her very best' LINDSEY KELK
'Achingly clever, another fabulous read from Beth O'Leary' SOPHIE COUSENS
A Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller w/c 24/04/2022
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From the author: “Unusually for me, I wanted to write an ensemble piece—a bit like Love Actually, where everyone is tied in ways you don’t expect. I think it was perhaps because The Road Trip is, in lots of ways, a very claustrophobic book with lots of tension and it’s about intense drama between two people. After that, I wanted expand and meet a whole cast of characters again. I love writing secondary characters and this book has so many characters. I was looking at different ways to connect people and then hit on this idea of them all being stood up by the same guy, Joseph, and it immediately lends the question of, ‘Where is he then if he’s not with them?’ That felt like the question that excited me and that I hoped would excite other people. But I didn’t want it to be about one man. He’s the connecting point for the women, and I found it very helpful to think of this novel as almost three novellas about three different women. It meant that they needed their own story arcs, I wanted them to have that depth. It wasn’t until I was two-thirds of the way through the book that I realised what I wanted it to be. And then there was a moment where I was writing a scene where an idea came to me. I was like, ‘I can’t do that. Could I do that?’ I was so hyped I sent my friend a voice note where I was really trembling. And I just felt like I had to do it because I felt so excited by it. I found writing the twist for this novel really hard—it’s the only time I’ve used a proper plan and I only did it towards the end, because it felt like I couldn’t keep it all in my head.”
Three distinctive women unknowingly fall in love with the same man in this captivating romance from bestseller O'Leary (The Road Trip). Life coach Siobhan Kelly meets charismatic Joseph Carter in London and falls hard after a passionate night together. Miranda Rosso, a free-spirited professional tree surgeon, also feels committed to Joseph despite suspecting that he's keeping secrets. And shy, bookish Jane Miller is determined to keep her flirtatious relationship with Joseph platonic, though deep down, she wishes they were something more. When Joseph doesn't show up to his Valentine's dates with any of the three women, his erratic behavior casts doubt on his relationships, and his partners wonder if there's more to Joseph than he's letting on. O'Leary pulls off an impressive balancing act, unraveling each woman's backstory while meticulously drawing connections between them and celebrating them for their differences. The attention to detail adds depth to each character even Joseph will win readers over and the twisty plot keeps readers both guessing what will happen next and rooting for happy endings across the board. This is a knockout. Agent: Tanera Simons, Darley Anderson Literary.
Clever, painful, special
You think you know what you’re getting- a story of a man who’s juggling three different women. You assume you’re going to root for the girls and hate the guy. You surely know where it’s all going to ultimately end up- one big righteous girl power bust up and maybe some new friendship formed for the women scorned. But the hairpin turns and clever timelines of Beth O’Leary’s writing mean that you don’t get the predictable. Instead you get interwoven narratives, complex characters, stories of love, loss, healing and so many more raw human emotions all in a few chapters. Sometimes it feels hard to keep up with it all which is clever because in a book where you’re reading about three different women, you see them through the gaze of the man who knows them all. It was painfully sad at certain points but a wholesome and uplifting ending which left me admiring O’Leary’s writing even more than I already did.
Honestly one of the best books i have ever read. The TWISTS and turns had me gasping.
Sometimes all you need is a little love
I cried at this book, it was lovely! I started off believing Joseph carter was a love scam artist and I wondered who he would end up, I loved all the women and couldn’t figure out who I was rooting for to get the happy ending! It kept me guessing right until the penny dropped with the dates. I loved the characters especially AJ and decided I would like to marry him. Would love to see this on the big screen. Tom hardy or would be a fantastic AJ or Charlie Hunnam 🤣 for Carter I’m thinking Jamie Dornan, Margot Robbie for Miranda, for Siobhan - Rachel le fevure and for Jane - carey mulligan or Michelle Williams. I even thought Emily blunt would be fab as Fiona. Ok I have thought about this book a lot 🤣 I really loved this book. It was what I’ve needed the past few days. There’s nothing better than experiencing love. This wasn’t cringey at all or cheesy. Highly recommend ❤️