My Thoughts On: The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary
Published by Berkley / April 12, 2022
Contemporary Fiction
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I absolutely loved this one. When I first started reading, I kept having to stop myself from flipping ahead to see how it was going to get resolved. I didn’t want to spoil it for myself though, so I gathered up every ounce of my willpower and did not skip ahead. And I’m so glad I didn’t.

The chapters alternate between the three points of view of the women (Siobhan, Miranda, and Jane), but you’ll have no trouble keeping things straight as each character is so unique and individual. I was equally interested in each of their stories and could have read an entire book just focused on each of them alone. There was so much underneath the surface with Joseph, and I wanted to peel back each of his layers until his story was unearthed. (It is eventually! Don’t fret.)

I wasn’t sure how O’Leary was going to put all the puzzle pieces together – although I did try to guess along the way. I think if you’re an avid reader and/or watcher of TV and movies, you will eventually see what’s coming – although at a couple points I tried to deny that’s how it was going to play out. But the beauty in O’Leary’s writing is even if you think you know how it’s going to go, you don’t know for certain until it actually happens.

This is such a surprising read full of depth and complexity, and thankfully also some laughs. It packs a big punch, and I found myself sobbing reading late into the night one weekend, but I couldn’t stop until I had finished the very last page. I stayed up way past my bedtime, and it was worth every minute.

If you liked O’Leary’s The Flatshare, I think you’ll really like this one, too.

I read a copy of this book through work.


Three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they’re involved with the same man.

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?


Beth O’Leary studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.

You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).

You can find Beth online @BethOLearyAuthor.

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