Thrilled to bits to close down the blog blitz for The Date by Louise Jensen today, alongside the brilliant Sharon at Chapter in my Life! My thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the invitation to join and the review copy, which I received via Netgalley!
Author : Louise Jensen
Title : The Date
Pages : 315
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : June 21, 2018
Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor.
Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future.
By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.
Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her…
Bloody hell! Never mind the dark, monsters under the bed or a psycho serial killer! This scenario right here is the stuff of nightmares!
Separated from her husband, Ali is persuaded by her friends to go out on a date. But the next morning, Ali doesn’t remember a single thing about the previous night. Even worse, she doesn’t recognise the face in the mirror staring back at her. What on earth happened? Did someone try to hurt her and why?
Ali suffers from what’s called face blindness, a condition where you can’t tell one face from the other. Not your own, not your nearest and dearest. Who even knew that was a thing? But it is! It’s real and it’s utterly frightening! It’s incredibly easy to imagine how scary it is, to go out there and not know anyone, not be able to tell one person from the next. And in Ali’s case, it becomes even more terrifying, if that were even possible, when it seems someone is after her. But how do you find out who it is when you don’t recognise anyone? Argh!
There are a lot of secrets and skeletons lurking in the closets, some of which are truly heartbreaking. With some tough topics, I quickly found myself caught up on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I must say, I feel that Louise Jensen did a fabulous job delving into what could be quite sensitive issues without sensationalising things for the sake of an explosive thriller.
This is one twisty psychological thriller! I thought for sure I had figured the whole thing out but I kept changing my mind throughout and was still proven wrong in the end. Just like Ali, you end up suspecting just about everyone and I was completely blindsided by the reveal.
The Date is an immensely gripping, compelling and addictive page-turner! My mind was blown and I didn’t want to put it down. You will not want to either. I’m beginning to think Louise Jensen can do no wrong. Absolutely brilliant and if you enjoy your psychological thrillers, then this is most definitely a must read!
The Date is available to buy!
Louise Jensen is a Global No.1 Bestselling author of psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift & The Surrogate. To date Louise has sold approaching a million books and her novels have been sold for translation to nineteen territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award.
Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction and writing tips.