As an adult, finding time to read for pleasure can be tricky. Long gone are those summer reading lists outlining what you must finish before the new school year begins. Now, for most of us, it’s all about reading to advance our careers and to expand our professional development. Up until a few years ago, the thought of reading fiction for fun seemed like a chore to me. And when it came to selecting a good book to read, I had no clue where to start.
So, when my recent vacation to the Cayman Islands came up, I knew I would have a little downtime on my hands and was in need of the perfect beach read. Before even heading to my local library, I did a little online research—namely, I looked at what everyone else was reading, read some book reviews on Amazon, and looked at the bestseller list. In a few minutes, I had a short list of books to look for at the library.
One book that kept appearing in my online must-read search (and was actually available at the library) was Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. The premise? A chance encounter on a significant day leads two people to fall in love. But what they don’t share about each other ultimately tears them apart. That simple premise was enough to make me check the book out to bring along on my trip.
I was down on the beach in the Cayman Islands only about an hour before I grabbed the book from my bag and immediately dove in to the story. With short chapters, colorful characters, and a plot that seemed to tell itself (but still left room for the element of suspense), I was halfway through the book in no time.
By day two, and after finding out what the big secret was between the two former lovers (and still rooting for them to work it out), it became my mission not to move off my lounge chair until I got to the end of the book. As the description on the inside jacket promised, this is a book that is “impossible to put down.”
Without revealing too much, ultimately, the book is about the power of secrets, struggling with past grief, learning how to overcome it, and what happens when you are finally able to move forward. The story is easy to relate to and a very quick read.
If you are making a summer reading list, I highly suggest putting Ghosted on it!