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Summary

The funny, heartbreaking and uplifting new novel from the best-selling author of The Flatshare

Three women. Three dates. One missing man....

8.52. Siobhan's been 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 with Joseph on Valentine's Day surely means something...so where is he?

14.43. 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 grown-up life is finally falling into place: she's been dating Carter for five months now, and things are getting serious. But why hasn't he shown up?

18.30. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane's fake boyfriend at a colleague's 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, heartbreaking 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. 

This audiobook includes an exclusive interview between Beth O'Leary and Evanna Lynch.

©2022 Beth O'Leary (P)2022 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"Sweepingly romantic, bursting with character and so, so clever; I gasped out loud." (Gillian McAllister)

"Audaciously clever, full of O'Leary's trademark warmth, and it will break your heart in a million different ways. It's phenomenal." (Louise O'Neill)

"A truly brilliant book." (Lucy Vine)

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Story is underdeveloped and the narration is poor

I initially found the story quite dull and slow to be honest and only carried on listening because I enjoyed the author’s previous books. I think it improves but the story and some of the characters are not developed enough. And the repeated descriptors of Joseph by the different leads gets really boring and unbelievable. Based on how the story plays out and connects all the women how is this character so dull.

The narration really doesn’t help either - Siobhan’s narration isn’t too bad but, overall it’s so slow I had to listen at 1.2x just to get through it and lacks emotion / performance. I heard in the author interview at the end that this is a Rom-com and honestly was shocked, if there were any jokes they died in delivery.

Finally when listening you could hear the narrators swallowing while reading, it’s distracting and lazy editing really lets the author down (I found the same issue on The Switch’ by the same author). I got this on pre-order but, wouldn’t recommend it.

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Fantastic, funny, heart breaking

Beth does it again. Probably the best book so far at that. Extremely well written, fabulous narration.

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Another Wonderful Book

Absolutely loved this new book by Beth O'Leary. I couldn't stop listening!!!!

Always enjoyed books by Beth O'Leary and yet again she has knocked it out the park.

Full of love, pain, and a plot twist I wasn't expecting!

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not what I was expecting.

Glad Beth has returned with another fabulous book. this was not what I was expecting and I was very surprised. great book, but then what did I expect from the marvellous O'Leary.

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Not my fave

I always look forward to Beth O’Leary’s books but this wasn’t my favourite. Felt quite different to her other books; I didn’t feel invested in any of the romances or any of the characters really which was a shame. I ended up not really caring what happened in the end

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Don’t bother

Characters were very irritating, not much of a story and nonsensical! Usually like Beth O’Leary books but this was awful

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Why did it have to end?!

Honestly, this book was a pleasure to read throughout! It had so much depth on each character that you feel part of it. I loved it and can’t wait for her next novel. As a writer Beth O’Leary is compassionate with an extraordinary outlook on reality.

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The swallowing .....

Clever but overly drawn out. Let down by the narration - the swallowing made it almost unbearable to listen to Jane's story in particular.

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Lovely book, daft listener

Ok bear with me. I’ve read books by Beth O Leary before and enjoyed them so I have no idea why I got totally the wrong end of the stick with this one. It’s a great story about three women and the significant man in their lives. His name is Joseph Carter, and I decided the twist was that he was actually Jesus Christ. After all, Jesus’ father was called Joseph, a carpenter. Joseph’s mother is also called Mary, and there is a suspiciously angelic character called Aggie (an angel! Obviously!). And remember that phrase ‘Jesus, Mary and Joseph’ ??
Spoiler alert. It’s not that. (If you’re after that sort of thing, I recommend Sally Vickers).
In fact though, now I’ve written all this, I have convinced myself it’s a smart, modern day allegory and I was right all along.
Anyway for non- weirdos, it’s a great book, and the performances are fab. 😁

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Absolutely brilliant!

I think this maybe one of my favourite
Beth O’Leary books. It flipped so much from the book I thought it was going to be. Once things started slotting into place and I realised it wasn’t going to end the way I thought, I couldn’t stop listening. I had to know how each of these characters progressed.
The narration was brilliant too, I especially loved Evans Lynch as Siobhian.
Can’t wait for the next book!

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A satisfying roller coaster of emotions

I think I ran the gamut of emotions. Not in any order, I was happy, sad, touched, thrilled, disappointed, curious, puzzled and I laughed out loud in public. This story just swept me away and I loved every minute. A word of warning, don't start it in the evening because you won't be able to leave it long enough to get some sleep. Loved the plot twist... read and find out. A very satisfying read.