Book Review: The No-Show By Beth O’Leary


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?


The No-Show by Beth O’Leary was so intriguing and took me on a journey to a place I didn’t see coming.

First off, in the synopsis this says it’s a rom-com, but let me tell you… it is not. I would not consider it a rom-com at all. I would consider it more of a contemporary fiction with some romance in there.

Joseph Carter was a hero I spent so much of the book conflicted about. I didn’t think I liked him, until I began to see some of his reasons why. But he is far too feminine for my pleasing. There is so much I want to say about his situation with Siobhan, Miranda, and Jane, but I don’t want to spoil this book. Let’s just say each character definitely does has their flaws and just because something sad happens doesn’t make me like the said character.

I’m so glad I didn’t know what was going on. This is Beth’s latest work however I prefer her earlier works as I found them more enjoyable.

Anyway there’s a reason this author is popular; Her writing is so developed, the characters were great, and the story its self had so much emotion, angst, and a touch of humour. It’s one of those books that was equal parts heart-breaking and heart-warming and kept me on the edge of my seat. I definitely recommend checking this one out. It was not what I expected in the best way possible.

4/5 Stars

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