Happy belated release day!
Big thanks to Smith Publicity for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!
GIRL GHOSTED by Lucy English – out yesterday – is another #allthebookreviews title. So be sure to check back for Chandra’s review 🙂
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
When reading the synopsis for GIRL GHOSTED by Lucy English I was immediately intrigued. With online dating being such a commonplace thing now, it’s a huge risk a lot of people take when you finally go and meet them in real life. You never truly know who you’re about to meet or the situation you’ll end up in. So following Penny trying to find love online made for a page turner.
Penny Wade is a social worker living in Boston. She and her roommate Gloria are in their 30’s and trying out online dating to see if they can find love. Both have had little luck with making it past the first date – with only a couple that made it to second dates. One day she has the first date she’s been waiting for. He’s handsome, successful in his career, and great to talk to. After not hearing from him for a few days, she worries that she’s been “ghosted” (where they stop communicating with you altogether), but when a second date happens she thinks he could be the one. She then finds herself tangled up in another mystery to solve – a killer has been scanning online dating profiles and targeting specific users.
Meanwhile, Penny takes on a new case of a young mother and her two children. She is sent in to observe and inspect the home. She wants to try her hardest to not have to separate the kids from their mother and potentially from each other (the chances of siblings being fostered together is very slim). The look into the life of a social worker is well detailed and you get to see everything through Penny’s eyes.
The characters felt real and same with the interactions between Penny and her roommate, Gloria. I’ve definitely had similar text conversations with my old roommates (not necessarily about online dating but similar enough). I enjoyed that element to it, you could relate to the characters easily. I was shocked to find out that this was book three in the Penny Wade series – it 100% reads as a standalone. I only found that out after looking better on Goodreads.
Overall, if you want a quick read with a lighter mystery, then I’d highly recommend this! Don’t let it discourage you that this is book 3 in a series, like I said, I had no clue!
I’d like to read more of Penny Wade’s series – see what the other two mysteries were that she had to help solve. They were alluded to in the beginning of the book and I guess I didn’t realize it referring to other books! Have you ever read a book far into a series and had absolutely no clue until you saw on Goodreads?