The No-Show

Books on Tape. Apr. 2022. 10:47 hrs. ISBN 9780593558690. $85.50. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
In O’Leary’s (The Road Trip) latest engaging romance, three women are stood up on Valentine’s Day by the same man. The women are Siobhan, Miranda, and Jane, all of whom were hoping to deepen their relationship with Joseph, who is clearly not what he seems. The audio features brilliant performances by four skilled narrators—Evanna Lynch, Heather Long, Kathryn Drysdale, and Luke Thompson. Although it is sometimes distracting to hear the narrators voice the characters so differently, they work together to bring O’Leary’s unconventional premise to life. The novel is billed as romance, and listeners will get plenty of that, but they will also be intrigued by the unexpected twists and turns and the women’s fascinating backgrounds. O’Leary skillfully weaves clues and foreshadowing together to keep listener’s emotional tensions high, without revealing her final hand too soon. Narrators Lynch, Long, and Drysdale are evenly matched in skill, making each perspective shift welcome and unique.
VERDICT Although they may have a favorite character, O’Leary’s surprising romance will keep listeners invested in each gripping journey as they try to puzzle out a happy ending for all.
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