#TsundokuSquad Book Club – January 2022 – The No-Show

Hello fellow bookworms!

At the start of the year I announced that I had joined a book club (#TsundokuSquad) and today I am sharing our groups thoughts on our first read of the year. We split the book up into four sections and chat about the book every Saturday, giving our thoughts and predictions about what will happen. I find it’s very amusing to see who amongst us has a good eye for detail, mainly Bex, and whose theories will be proved right.

Title: The No-Show

Author: Beth O’Leary

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Rating: 4.21

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

#TsundokuSquad Average Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: ARC


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, heart-breaking 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.

#TsundokuSquad Review:

I first discovered Beth O’Leary last year and absolutely loved The Flat Share & The Switch. When I saw the this one was available I couldn’t resist requesting it. Turns out a few of the other ladies in the book club also enjoy her books so it quickly became our first book club read of the year.

When we first started reading this one a lot of us had very strong feelings about Joseph. What kind of person not only stands up his date but stands up three of his dates, on Valentine’s Day? Suffice to say we all had some very choice words to describe our thoughts at this point. Of the three ladies Jane held the most mystery for us, we were all desperate to know what happened in her past and why she was so closed off to everyone.

As we dived further into the story we had more and more questions. Some of us were starting to warm to Joseph a little and thought there was more to him than we first thought. Some of us were a little worried about how this story was going to turn out and us Beth O’Leary fans were slightly worried that this wouldn’t be as good as her previous books.

By week three everything had changed. In true Beth O’Leary style she had knocked out a cracking revelation that changed the whole concept of the story. We were all eager to finish this and desperate to get our much needed answers. I can’t say too much on the plot line but trust me when I say, that things are not as they seem!

For our first read of the year I think it was a great pick and one I absolutely adored. Of all the women I think Jane was my favourite, aside from being a complete bookworm I loved her story the most and how it planned out for her.


4 thoughts on “#TsundokuSquad Book Club – January 2022 – The No-Show

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  1. I already have my name on the list at the library for this one, long before they even get a copy. I love the discussion and comments, Lucy. How great that such a large group all had the ARC to read and discuss.

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