The Date by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture #blogtour #TheDate

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!

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Author : Louise Jensen
Title : The Date
Pages : 315
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : June 21, 2018

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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…

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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!

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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.

Author links : Facebook | Twitter | Website

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This Week in Books (June 20)

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Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Last book I finished reading

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A small, broken town sits on the edge of a frozen lake surrounded by a forest, its wounds still raw from a tragedy that tore its fragile community in two.

Beartown has lost its way. Now the cold and dark that surround the snowbound town creep in, and so do new conflicts and tensions. What was once a friendly rivalry with the neighbouring town is beginning to turn sinister and Beartown braces itself for another tragic blow.

How far will the people of Beartown go to preserve their reputations for a second, deadly time?

The book I’m currently reading

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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…

What I’m (probably) reading next

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England, 1813. Nineteen-year-old Catherine Bennet lives in the shadow of her two eldest sisters, Elizabeth and Jane, who have both made excellent marriages. No one expects Kitty to amount to anything. Left at home in rural Hertfordshire with her neurotic and nagging mother, and a father who derides her as “silly and ignorant,” Kitty is lonely, diffident and at a loss as to how to improve her situation.

When her world unexpectedly expands to London and the Darcy’s magnificent country estate in Derbyshire, she is overjoyed. Keen to impress this new society, and to change her family’s prejudice, Kitty does everything she can to improve her mind and manners—and for the first time feels liked and respected.

However, one fateful night at Pemberley, a series of events and misunderstandings conspire to ruin Kitty’s reputation and she is sent back home in disgrace. But Kitty has learnt from her new experiences and what she does next does next will not only surprise herself, but everyone else too.

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What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy reading! xx

 

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture

** advanced copy received via publisher **

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Author : Louise Jensen
Title : The Surrogate
Pages : 374
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : September 27, 2017

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Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets. And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family.

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Holy guacamole! This book is completely mental and I mean that in the best way possible!

All Kat wants is to be a mum but it just doesn’t seem to be happening for her. After two attempts to adopt a child fall through, a chance encounter with her old childhood friend Lisa may just make her dream come true. But there are a lot of dark secrets in their history.

The butterfly effect. A flutter is all it takes.

Prepare yourself for a ridiculous rollercoaster ride full of tension and suspense. There are so many twists and turns, I thought I’d end up with whiplash! This is one of those stories where I ended up not trusting anyone. With a cast of flawed and troubled characters, my sympathies shifted back and forth. I couldn’t decide where my loyalties were and almost ended up despising just about every single one of them.

The story starts out at the scene of what looks like a double murder and throughout, you just can’t help yourself trying to guess who the victims are. Every time I thought I had it figured out, Louise Jensen deftly put a stop to my ideas and led me in a completely, and usually wrong, direction. I absolutely love it when an author is able to keep me guessing until the very end. Speaking of endings, what? Let me say that again : WHAT?!

The Surrogate is the absolute perfect book to read in one sitting, which I would have done but contrary to popular belief I do actually sleep sometimes. But it was a tough decision as this really is an utterly unputdownable and mind-blowing page-turner! Absolutely brilliant psychological thriller and I can’t wait to read more by Louise Jensen!

Many thanks to Bookouture for the advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!

The Surrogate is available now!

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