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The No-Show by Beth O'Leary: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

I'm going to be honest, The No-Show wasn't the easiest read. I just couldn't see the romance in a man dating three women at once. Regardless, I stuck it out, and thank goodness I did! Huge kudos to Beth O'Leary who completely got me with her plot twist. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)

Wondering what that plot twist is? Want the ending explained to you in a few paragraphs? Looking for another book like The No-Show to read next? If so, read on to find all of that and more. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

The No-Show by Beth O'Leary

How Long Does It Take to Read The No-Show?

According to How Long to Read, it would take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 32 minutes to read The No-Show.

Is The No-Show Steamy?

No, The-No Show is not steamy. In fact, it's quite PG compared to many other contemporary romances.

Who Narrates The No-Show?

The No-Show is narrated by multiple main characters, including:

  • Miranda Rosso - Works as a Tree Surgeon

  • Siobhan Kelly - Works as a Life Coach in Dublin

  • Jane Miller - Volunteers in a charity shop volunteer in Winchester (previously worked as a Secretary of Richard Wilson at Bray & Kembrey in London)

  • Joseph Carter - Works in IT in London/Winchester

Is The No-Show Being Made Into a Movie?

In June 2022, it was reported that The No-Show is in the early stages of being adapted into a movie by Bad Wolf Productions.

Does The No-Show Have a Happy Ending?

Good news - not only is The No-Show's ending a happy one, but it's also unexpected, satisfying, and emotional. Up until the last quarter of the book though, I wasn't particularly a fan of any of the characters or sure of how it was going to end. At that point, I was just trying to finish it because I had already come so far. But the ending, which is explained in more detail below, surprised me in the best way.

The No-Show Ending Explained

The No-Show's ending is particularly complicated due to the fact that only in the last quarter of the book are we told that our three main characters (Miranda, Siobhan, and Jane) are not all dating Joseph Carter at once. Rather, Siobhan dated him first, then Miranda, and then Jane.

Here's the order of those relationships in chronological order, along with an explanation of how each of the main character's storyline's wrap up.

2015/2016 - Siobhan Kelly

Siobhan's ending is terribly tragic. After finally admitting her feelings and officially starting to Joseph Carter, they begin a happy relationship. She meets his mom, he takes her on a surprise glamping getaway, and she even opens up about the pregnancy scare and her past. Siobhan explains that she was once in a relationship with a man named Cillian, who wanted a child, but when Siobhan became pregnant, he left her and a week later she miscarried that child.

At this point, she also feels that her life coach client Richard Wilson (nickname, Steele Blue) has crossed a boundary and she terminates the working relationship. However, Richard goes too far and begins harassing Siobhan. Going so far as to chase her off a train in London on her way to meet Joseph for Valentine's day dinner. As she arrives at the restaurant, she thinks she has escaped Richard. That's not the case though, and when he calls her name and distracts her from crossing the road, she is hit by a motorcycle and killed almost instantly. In her final moments, she hopes Joseph has enough time to make it from the restaurant to say goodbye, but she sadly dies before he gets the chance.

2018/2019 - Miranda Rosso

After discovering a letter, Miranda believes Joseph is cheating on her with Siobhan. While he tells her that the letter is two years old, this does not stop her from breaking up with him. On Valentine's day, she goes to see Joseph, hoping to get closure. When she arrives though, Joseph is piss drunk and more emotional than she had ever seen him. Miranda is able to encourage him to open up to her and he tells her the entire story about Siobhan, which provides her with the clarity and understanding she needed. This is what she needs to accept AJ's declaration of love and begin a happy relationship with him.

2019/2020 - Jane Miller

Jane meets Joseph in the year after he has broken up with Miranda and has promised to heal the wounds he has from losing Siobhan. This is why he tells her that he is "seeing someone." During the months they are not speaking, Jane attends a party with Aggie. Though it turns out that the party is sponsored by Bray & Kembrey, her former law firm. She then runs into Richard Wilson, her former boss at Bray & Kembrey who she had been in a relationship with in 2015. We find out he sabotaged her job, framed her, fired her, and then paid her off to keep her quiet.

Later, a former colleague (Lou) shows up again and tells her that Richard is under investigation by HR at Bray & Kembrey for other accusations. Jane no longer wishes to stay quiet, so she travels to London and with Aggie and Lou's support, reports the entire incident to her former company's HR team. She is relieved to know that with her help, he is that much closer to losing his job.

At this point, Joseph shows up to declare his love for Jane and tell her the full story about Siobhan.

5 Books Like The No-Show by Beth O'Leary

If you're looking to read another book like The No-Show that's sweet, endearing, and a bit emotional, then lucky for you, there's no shortage of those out there. To help narrow it down though, here are my top five recommendations for similar books:

Love and Other Words Christina Lauren

1. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

"This is not your typical lighthearted novel that we are used to. It deals with loss, grief, first love, and heartbreak. It got too much to read at times and had to come up for air and slow down. It was written so well, with so much heart and the story flowed beautifully." Doesn't this review of Love and Other Words by Christian Lauren sound like it could easily be a review for The No-Show? Not only that but both books alternate between then and now, and have a secret that is alluded to throughout the book before the big reveal at the end.

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

2. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

If there's one book that comes to mind when I think of love after loss it's Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover. Like The No-Show, a tragic death occurs that makes it incredibly difficult for the main character to move on, heal, and love again. When they do in the end though, nothing feels better. You just have to be ready to cry - a lot - in order to get there. Here's a brief description of the book: "After serving five years in prison for the accidental death of her boyfriend, Kenna hopes to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But everyone has shut Kenna out - except Ledger Ward who has become a father figure of sorts to her daughter. As the two form a connection and their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing."

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

3. One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

The thing that The No-Show and One Night on the Island by Josie Silver have in common is that they both start off fairly light-hearted and later turn a bit more serious. For those of you who haven't heard of it, it's about Cleo, an advice columnist whose boss sends her on a "self-coupling quasi-sabbatical." When she arrives on the remote Irish island though, she's told that her cabin has been double booked and that she now has to share her accommodation with the photographer, Mac, who arrived with her on the boat to the island. Yes, it's a romance between Mac and Cleo, but it also explores Cleo's relationship with herself and the true meaning of home (in a non-cheesy way), which I found so unique for a contemporary romance.

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

4. The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

If there's one thing Beth O'Leary fans on Goodreads want you to know is that if you loved The No-Show, you have to check out her other books, specifically The Flatshare. As the reviewer, NZLisaM, even pointed out, "The No-Show can be categorized as a romantic mystery rather than contemporary romance, rom-com, or romantic drama, and I 100% agree. Problem is, I wanted the latter from Beth O’Leary – absolutely adored The Flatshare, and I don’t think romantic mysteries are really my thing."

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

5. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Would you like your next book to be equally as endearing as The No-Show but without any death or tragedy? If so, Act Your Age, Eve Brown is the book for you. As Mina Reads explains on Goodreads, the book is about "Eve Brown, a spoiled 26-year-old seeking to prove how grown up she can be by getting a job without her family's help. Everything's going great until she accidentally mows her would-be employer - Jacob - down with her car. To atone for the accident Eve agrees to help Jacob run his B&B while he recovers." While this might sound like your typical romance book, it's more nuanced than that as both characters are on the autism spectrum.


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