336 pages ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Ghosts was one of my most anticipated releases for 2020, I’ve followed author Dolly Alderton for a few years through her podcasts and non-fiction writing. Ghosts is her first fiction novel and I was so pleased to get my hands on an early copy.
Nina is in her early thirties and lives in London, at the beginning of the book she’s just been convinced to give dating app ‘Linx’ a go by best friend and serial app user Lola. She quickly matches with Max and after their first date can’t seem to believe her luck that she’s landed such an ideal man. Over the next few weeks their relationship goes from strength to strength then suddenly Max disappears, initially claiming to be busy with work which turns to a string of texts from Nina which aren’t getting replied to.
I found the character of Nina to be a little difficult to relate to at times but I’m not entirely sure I should have related to her; Nina is in her early thirties, self-employed, single and living alone in London. Personally I’m approaching thirty, but I’m married, have never really lived alone or worked for myself. This did make the book slightly more difficult to get into at first but looking back on it that was my own expectations getting in the way – Nina is a really well written, believable character with all the depth and flaws a good protagonist should have.
On the face of it this is a novel about dating in your thirties but I thought it was so much more than just another rom-com. There are some really funny parts to this, including a super organised hen do, her mother’s seemingly random want to change her first name and a difficult downstairs neighbour as well as some very tender, emotional moments with Nina’s aging father who’s battling dementia.
Ghosts∆ is set for UK release on 15th October and you can pre-order your copy now. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.