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  • A Love Story
  • By: Jenn Ashworth
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Ghosted

By: Jenn Ashworth
Narrated by: Helen Duff
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Summary

A deeply affecting and unconventional love story, shot through with anger, black humour and grief.

One ordinary morning, Laurie's husband, Mark, vanishes, leaving behind his phone and wallet. For weeks, she tells no one, carrying on her job as a cleaner at the local university, visiting her tricky, dementia-suffering father and holing up in her tower-block flat with a bottle to hand. When she finally reports Mark as missing, the police are suspicious. Why did she take so long? Wasn't she worried?

It turns out there are many more mysteries in Laurie's account of events, though not just because she glosses over the facts. At the time, she couldn't explain much of her behaviour herself. But as she looks back on the ensuing wreckage - the friendships broken, the wild accusations she made, the one-night stand - she can see more clearly what lay behind it. And if it's not too late, she can see how she might repair the damage and, most of all, forgive herself.

©2021 Jenn Ashworth (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"There are dark and alluring undercurrents to everything that Jenn Ashworth produces, and she has a brilliantly uncanny ability to unnerve at every turn. To me, her psychologically driven work ranks alongside such singular spiritual ancestors as Muriel Spark, Jean Rhys and Shirley Jackson." (Benjamin Myers, author of The Offing)

"A vivid, blackly funny and heartbreaking portrait of a marriage and the tiny and large hurts within it, how they wear at us and haunt us despite everything, but I found it beautifully hopeful too." (Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure)

"Ghosted is fresh, darkly funny and exceptionally moving.... Ashworth folds grief and anger and love into every line." (Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground)

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Binged it

Absolutely loved it. Binged it over two days.
Would highly recommend.
Real, honest, painful, and wonderfully written.

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Love.. If that's the right word..

Emotional, beautiful.. Masterpiece in exploring grief, best book I've read in a while but still incredibly sad yet beautiful at the same time.. must read..

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Such a clever story and absolutely brilliant narration. Exploring human emotions and close relationships. Excellent

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Kept waiting for this to be a thriller - but it just limped along. Waste of a credit

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A strange unnerving story

It was almost a thriller with many twists and turns but more of an enigma. I felt it was a little rushed at the end but I enjoyed the puzzles. The narrator was very good indeed