Your Preview Verdict: The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

Your Preview Verdict: The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

Three women. Three dates. One missing man…

8.52 a.m. Siobhan is 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 on Valentine’s Day surely means something … so where is he?

2.43 p.m. 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 life is falling into place: she’s been dating Carter for five months now and things are getting serious. But why hasn’t he shown up?

6.30 p.m. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane’s fake boyfriend at an 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.

Read some great reviews from our Preview readers here:

The No-Show had me laughing, crying, feeling happy, sad, annoyed and relieved. Three women three dates and one missing man. How could this man have three dates with three women and them not know about each other was my first thought. This novel has three amazing female lead characters . They are each unique and very different from each other but connected to each other through Joseph Carter. To be stood up on any day is annoying, to be stood up on Valentine’s Day is disappointing. Why did he stand them up and why are three women involved? I loved this book, the emotions were real, I felt them all. The journey this book takes you on will tug at your heart and your mind. Plot twists and turns are attached to each person and as each persons life is revealed a little bit more plot twist is known. Beth O’Leary has delivered a book that will leave you second guessing your first impressions. Ann-Marie, SA, 5 Stars

The No-Show was definitely not what i was expecting it was even better. Told through the eyes of 3 women who all unsuspectingly get stood up by the same man on valentine’s day. Not your usual romance. The characters were fantastic and each of their stories told so well. This story made me laugh and cry and I didn’t see the twist coming. Would recommend it to other without hesitation. Renee, VIC, 5 Stars

I thought this book was brilliant! The author weaves together three storylines in a new and unexpected way that keeps you guessing until the end. The characters are warm, and the situations they find themselves in are creative and interesting, although a little unrealistic at times (but that’s fiction right?), making this a thoroughly enjoyable read. Loved it! Ruth, NSW, 5 Stars

Beth O’Leary does it again! I have listened to Beth’s previous books on audio but I really enjoyed reading the hard copy of this book. We are taken into the dating world of Joseph Carter and three different women separately, Siobhan, Miranda and Jane. At the beginning this feels like a light feel good read. While it was a pleasure to read it also explored real life issues of dating, relationships and grief. The style of writing was very easy to read and hard to put down. It was interesting to read the different stories of the women with Joseph Carter. It was delightful to read about other characters such Mary, Joseph’s mother and other characters we read about throughout the book. I connected with all three women and also Joseph Carter. As the story unfolds it was hard to put down. This is a deep a meaningful, feel good book with humour thrown in. I highly recommend this book and you will not be disappointed. Maryanne, VIC, 5 Stars

This is my first book by Beth O’Leary but it certainly won’t be my last. The pace was great and the writing fantastic. The plot was well developed, original and engaging with an unexpected twist. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The No-Show and highly recommend it. Natalie, NSW, 5 Stars

I was so excited to read Beth’s new novel and this has been my favourite by far. The stories of the three female love interests are interwoven beautifully and the characters so relatable. I particularly loved how she showed different sides of Joseph building his character across the storylines so that you couldn’t help but love him by the end of the book. Beth addresses a number of delicate issues with great sensitivity, and a little humour along the way. I was left wanting more. Karyn, WA, 5 Stars

A really well written book. You think you know what is happening, but then the twists start. I loved the multiple storylines. Kay, 5 Stars

I enjoyed reading it – it’s my first novel by Beth O’Leary. A love story between one man, three women. I find it very entertaining with a surprising ending. At first, my impression of Joseph is a total jerk, always late, and can find an excuse. A very mysterious personality. I love the plots, characters, and places. The three women have different backgrounds and personalities. Each chapter is the story from their perspective. It’s like reading their diaries of what happened with their relationship with Joseph. Siobhan is a life coach, Miranda is a female tree surgeon and Jane loves books. The common thing between them is they are looking for romance and are in love with one man. The timeline of each story is interesting and full of surprises. I kept on reading because I am wondering why Joseph is a bad man. It’s very heartbreaking in the end. It’s a story of finding love and how to cope with grief. It’s a great read. Margaret, NSW, 5 Stars

Loved it! Great plot, likeable characters, and a good twist. Very satisfying read, highly recommended. I’d like to read more of this author. Ros, ACT, 5 Stars

This is my first novel by Beth O’Leary and it won’t be my last. I absolutely loved this novel. O’Leary has masterfully woven a plot full of emotional suspense and surprise twists which kept me hooked trying to figure out where the author was taking me. Who is Joseph Carter and who are the three women he loves? All will be revealed, and in the most delicious and satisfying way. Monique, QLD, 5 Stars

Well I thought this was going to be a fairly good read given I was quite taken with The Flat Share. Chick-lit with a twist I like to think of it. The No-Show sets you up thinking of the poor three girls and one complete bastard! Written in an engaging and lively manner, it kept me guessing almost to the end when I suddenly exclaimed “wait…what?’’ closely followed a few pages later by ‘OH I KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW”. Well I was almost right. My emotions went from zero to confusion to understanding to, it has to be said, a wee sense of dread when you realise what must be going to happen. I’m not ashamed to say a few tears were shed. If I explained the plot to you it would be wasted, as only Beth O’Leary can bring this one to life. I sense there will be similar attempts by other authors but they would be hard pressed to improve on this one. As I said at the start – I thought this was going to be a fairly good read – I was wrong. This is a gobsmackingly brilliant read! 5 stars! Katrina, VIC, 5 Stars

This book was truly too much for my addled brain to keep up with at times. I swung from theories about the ending to total confusion about what was happening. However, against this backdrop, the three female main characters each truly resonated with me. Siobhan, Miranda and Jane were ALL me – in one form or another and I obsessively picked the book up (whenever possible) to read about their journey with Joseph. The ride might seem baffling at times, but the destination is worth every twist in the road. Lee, ACT, 5 Stars

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the twists and turns the reader will take as the characters evolve. Miranda, Jane and Siobhan are instantly relatable and I feel we all know someone like them in our lives. My opinion of Joseph started to change about half way through the book as questions popped into my head about his motives and actions. I won’t spoil the ending but amazed at this authors skill in weaving this tale together without letting the ending leak before it should. Looking forward to the next book. Thanks for a great read. Shelley, NSW, 5 Stars

I really enjoyed of Beth O’Leary’s previous books so I was thrilled to receive a copy of “The No-Show” from Better Reading to review. This is a story about 3 women who each have a date with Joseph Carter on Valentine’s Day and are all stood up by him. So where is Joseph Carter and what is his story? It took me a little while to get into this one – I think it was because it takes some time to determine Joseph’s true nature and I like to either love or hate my characters from the beginning – that’s my issue though! However, once I did get into the book I stayed up very late one night to find out what had happened. This was an enjoyable read and if you liked Beth O’Leary’s previous books you are likely to enjoy this one too. It is a change of pace from her previous novels – more suspenseful and mysterious – but equally enjoyable. I recommend reading it snuggled up by the fire with a glass of wine! Kylie, WA, 4 Stars

This is a story that will sit with me for awhile. I had a little bit of trouble keeping all the strings straight while reading, however it all fell together beautifully at the end. I feel like a re-read would be magical. Beth O’Leary has done a wonderful job at navigating friendships, life, love and grief throughout The No Show. Samantha, NSW, 4 Stars

A really enjoyable read with a memorable cast of characters. Perfect holiday reading. Lisa, WA, 4 Stars

Where is Joseph Carter and what’s he playing at? One man and three women he has stood up on Valentine’s Day is just asking for trouble. Siobhan regularly travels from Dublin to London for business and usually meets up with Joseph in her hotel room. This time he suggests a breakfast date but doesn’t turn up. Miranda is celebrating a new job and has been dating Carter for five months. She’s to meet him for a lunch date but is left disappointed when he’s a no-show. Jane volunteers at a charity shop in Winchester. Joseph promised to be her fake boyfriend at a colleague’s engagement party but again is a no-show. Jane has her own secrets. Why is she hiding in Winchester when her father thinks she’s still working in London? All three are falling for Joseph but he lets them down time after time. As the story unfolds we learn more about Joseph and the women in his life and there’s so much more going on than first impressions would suggest. How do Siobhan, Miranda and Jane fit into Carter’s life? At times this story is heartbreaking but a great cast of supporting characters keeps things fun. Loved it. Sarah, NSW, 4 Stars

I thought I had it all figured out – how “nice guy” Joseph had 3 dates on Valentine’s Day… Well I did, kind of, but there was another twist that I didn’t see coming! A great read & a bit of a roller coaster of emotion so strap in… Ayesha, NSW, 4 Stars

This story follows the lives of three women who are all dating the same man. The characters are very likeable and the author made them all very different. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for chick lit which is easy to read. Holly, NSW, 4 Stars

A book I read with a smile. It’s funny, gorgeous and uplifting, and I just adored the friendships in this story! This book is a sweet and gentle slow burn that makes you laugh out loud, and is such a joy to read that I flew through it, mainly because the characters are just so loveable. I really loved the surprise. You’ll see, it is so well done! This charming and delightful book really is a must read. It’s the perfect book to curl up and lose yourself in. I love that the characters are brought to life beautifully, with realistic quirks and insecurities, and the kind of friendships that every person needs in their life. Read this book because you will love it, and you’ll finish the last page with a smile on your face! Chryssie, QLD, 4 Stars

I happily dipped back into the world of sweetness, heartache & love with this latest Beth O’Leary release. And let me tell you, The No-Show brings all that and more! This was not the story I was expecting… in the best possible way! Beth O’Leary might just be at the top of her game with this clever and sweet novel. The multiple viewpoints are an O’Leary standard and she does this particularly well in The No-Show. There wasn’t a character whose chapters left me eager to move on. (Though I did have a favourite & I’d love to read more about this character!) The evolution of this story was quite artful and this is a book you’ll need to discover for yourself. O’Leary fans in particular should be rushing to pick this one up! Jessica, NSW, 4 Stars

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary is exactly the kind of light, feel good fiction I have been needing in my life. A tightly plotted, well written, uplifting escape from reality, which in 2022 has so far been a bit of a downer. Loved that not all is as it seems in the first instance, and events unfold in just the right way. Recommend to anyone after a light read but one that is clever and engaging, with the one thing we all need right now – a happy ending. Bonny, QLD, 4 Stars

The No Show was a lovely book that I couldn’t put down. The three different stories were woven together with a central character who you can’t help but like. The story takes many twists and turns, some which I wasn’t expecting or ready for. A delightful story that was well written and characters I would like to meet again. I highly recommend this book. Nicole, NSW, 4 Stars

Three women all linked to one man, their connections vary but all three have feelings for Carter. Carter can be serious, funny & loving but never fully reveals his feelings to anyone which makes him all the more alluring and confusing. Frequently Missing dates but always having a tangible excuse he is often forgiven, but will he use up all his last chances forcing hm to come clean? Siobhan, Miranda & Jane battle their love and loyalty throughout the chapters and the reader will make their own mind up whether they love or hate Carter along the way. One things for sure, you won’t stop turning pages until you find out who Carter is and what his own battles are. Beth O’ Leary’s The No-Show is an easy flowing read for all. Wendy, SA, 4 Stars

A very clever, heart-warming & at times heart-breaking story about relationships, friendships & the way we are connected to others in ways we don’t even realise. Siobhan, Miranda & Jane are three completely different women connected by one man who stands them all up on the same day – Valentine’s Day. Who is Joseph Carter? Is he a horrible person, is there more to him than we realise, who do we hope he will end up with? I loved all three of the main female characters, but I also enjoyed the minor characters in their lives – their friends & family really helped bring each of the main characters to life. A very thoughtful story with some great twists. Karen, NSW, 4 Stars

I feel in love. I had my heart broken and repackaged back together. A wonderfully warm and delicate story touching so many emotions and the fear of being. Highly recommend this as a read! Dan, VIC, 4 Stars

Beth O’Leary’s fourth book has an intriguing premise – three women stood up by the same guy on Valentine’s Day. That’s really all the summary that’s needed, as the rest of the story flows from this and it is in the aftermath and consequences that we the reader are encouraged to think about who is a good person – and who may not be. What fans will want to know is whether the story is more like her first outing – The Flat Share, a heartwarming romcom – or The Switch and The Road Trip – both more contemporary fiction with a smattering of romance. All however, have deep and serious themes, with her characters working through current life crisis’ and past traumas. The No-Show falls more squarely into a category with her more recent works. Though the main theme of this book is love, it’s by no means light and fluffy. Disparate jigsaw puzzle pieces finally fit together into a devastating portrait and I was impressed with O’Leary’s plotting. Ultimately I felt that this book wasn’t just about life-changing love, but instead much like The Road Trip, it explores just how messed up relationships can be, and how they can have such a huge impact on us. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention content warnings for controlling relationships, emotional abuse, miscarriage, grief/loss of a loved one and a parent with dementia. Sarah, QLD, 4 Stars

Having never read a book by Beth O’Leary I was looking forward to reading this one for its quirkiness and humour. I was not disappointed on that respect! Three women each one excited for their Valentine’s date, each one stood up by the same man! This is the start of a journey that most women have experienced at some time in their lives. This is the story of not only these three women but also of the one man they all know (or think they do) and we find things are not always as they seem. Quirky, creative, funny, heartbreaking with a twist you will not see coming. Meeting each woman is an experience in itself, each character different, bringing something unique to the story. There is everything you want from a good book although I found it a bit slow to start but once it got going it held my attention (although I’m not a big reader of romance). The climax was a great way to end which made it a bit more worth reading. But I did find it a bit long at 400 pages (not quite exciting enough for this length of book!) for my liking! Donna, TAS, 3 Stars

I like the author’s portrayal of all 3 women in this story. Sure, they have vulnerabilities but underneath they all have a deep strength. It is from this place of strength that they are each able to cast a critical eye over the actions of Joseph. It was hard to see Joseph as anything more than a narcissistic lying womaniser…….until the unexpected twist. The pieces of the puzzle then fell into place. All loose ends were then tied up into a neatly packaged ending. This was an easy read, but an enjoyable one. Joanne, QLD, 3 Stars


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        Publisher details

        The No-Show
        Beth O’Leary
        05 April, 2022


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

        8.52 a.m. Siobhan is 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 on Valentine's Day surely means something ... so where is he?

        2.43 p.m. 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 life is falling into place: she's been dating Carter for five months now and things are getting serious. But why hasn't he shown up?

        6.30 p.m. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane's fake boyfriend at an 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.

        Beth O'Leary
        About the author

        Beth O'Leary

        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 in reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare,on her train journey to and from work. She is now writing novels full time, and if she's not at her desk, you'll usually find her curled up somewhere with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather). 

        Books by Beth O'Leary


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