Thursday, May 19, 2022

Book Review: The No-Show by Beth O'Leary

Pages: 352
Genre: Adult Fiction /Audio Book
Pub. Date: April 12, 2022
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher for review
Other Books By Author: The Switch
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads says, "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?"



It's Valentine's Day and Siobhan is waiting for her date, Joseph Carter, at a restaurant. He never shows up. Things were just starting to transition from a simple hookup to something more, that is until he left her alone on Valentine's Day.  Then there's Miranda who also has a lunch date with Joseph. He also doesn't show up.  See a connection here? Lastly, there's Jane, a bookish girl, who has told her coworkers that Joseph Carter is her boyfriend so they would stop trying to set her up.  Joseph agrees to help Jane out, but then he doesn't show up to a escort Jane to her event. All three ladies, seemingly different in every way have one thing in common: they have all been stood up by Joseph Carter.  As the story unfolds O'Leary gives us a glimpse into each relationship and has readers questioning how these three unrelated women might have a connection to one another.  More importantly, should any of them waste their time on Joseph and what's his deal? Beth O'Leary's rom-com, The No-Show, will tug on your heartstrings while keeping readers guessing.

O'Leary did a good job developing all three women in The No-Show.  Siobhan is a life coach, but she is being played by Joseph, so that's a bit awkward.  She is the most confident of the three women though and the most successful.  Then there's Miranda, who is an arborist, and finds herself in a male dominated industry in which the men often treat her as one of the guys.   Lastly, there's Jane, who I enjoyed the most, but that should come as no surprise as she is a bookworm, volunteers at a charity shop, and is quiet sort of person. But don't underestimate Jane! She is hiding some major secrets.  All three women were stood up by Joseph and O'Leary slowly unravels the story for us and also takes us through how their relationships play out.  I kept wondering how all three women's stories would blend together, but without a doubt, O'Leary does a good job of piecing it all together.

At first The No-Show read like my favorite type of rom-com. It made me laugh out loud, but then it took a quick turn. Surprisingly, it turned into a mystery of some sorts and even included some suspense. I wasn't expecting this! The story did tug on my heartstrings as well.  O'Leary somehow made me feel for Joseph, too.  I think that illustrates how good of a writer she is as I really didn't like him in the beginning, but once his backstory is fleshed out a bit more I found him to be surprisingly likeable.  

I alternated between the audio book and the e-galley of The No-Show and I have to say that I preferred the audio version. The audio book narrators did a great job bringing each woman to life as there was an excellent cast of narrators that captured each character perfectly. It was truly well done.  So, if you are looking for a heartwarming story that does tackle some deeper issues, check out The No-Show this summer. At the heart of the story, The No-Show is about second chances.

So, are you a fan of Beth O'Leary? Have you read any of her other novels? Is The No-Show on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments below. 


  1. I like that's there a bit of a mix in there, with the mystery and the romance!

    1. It was definitely a good mix! Thanks for visiting, Angela!


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