Synopsis from NetGalley:
One night can change everything.
‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’
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…
From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister, The Gift and The Surrogate, The Date is a gripping page-turner that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep.
About: The Date is a psychological thriller written by Louise Jensen. It was recently published by Bookouture on 6/21/18, 320 pages. The genres are psychological thriller, mystery, and fiction. The author has other popular books that I want to read called The Sister, The Gift, and The Surrogate. NetGalley indicates that Bookouture is “a digital imprint providing entertaining, emotional stories that effortlessly transport readers to another world and keep them turning the pages.” Bookouture is based in United Kingdom. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Date on 6/29/18 and finished it on 7/7/18. This book is an okay read for me. I like the suspense of finding out who is behind it all. I like the ending because I couldn’t guess who it was. I like that there are many potential suspects. The story started out interesting but it fizzles out for me.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Alison (Ali) Taylor as she prepares to go on a date with a guy she found on a dating app. She has been separating from her husband Matt and been living with her friend Chrissy. Her younger brother, Ben, comes to her rescue and takes her to the hospital for examination the next day after her date. Something happened on her date but Ali could not remember it. When she wakes up the next day, the visible signs left on her body appears to tell a story and worser is when she couldn’t recognize anyone’s faces including her own. This book is organized by days of the week following her date. There is a mystery italicize narrative after every few chapters and a mystery to Ali’s past that she keeps it a secret. Following the days after her date, she started receiving threatening messages in different forms: a package, texts, notes, etc. It scares her but she couldn’t report to the police because of her secret.
The Date is well written and it introduces readers to a new but not rare medical condition that will keep readers turning the pages. I haven’t heard of Face Blindness before so it’s interesting for me to read about it. I like the mystery with Ali’s family. At first I didn’t think the daddy issues would have anything to do with the story and the read was not very interesting to me. Ali’s friends, neighbor, and Matt are mundane as well. I do like the twists though so it definitely helps spin the story around.
Pro: fast paced, cover, suspense, mystery, medical condition, dating
Con: too much narrative for my liking
Spoiler (Highlight to read): Ali’s brother Ben is mad at Ali for helping their mom ended her life and he has to find out through Ali’s housemate/friend Chrissy. Ali’s date was with James, a friend next door. Chrissy is actually the daughter of the mom that died from a robbery Ali’s dad participated in. Chrissy and Ben dated. Ben accidentally killed Chrissy.
I rate it 4 stars!
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About the Author:
Louise Jensen always wanted to be Enid Blyton when she grew up, and when that didn’t happen she got a ‘proper’ job instead.
Several years ago an accident left Louise with a disability and she began writing once again, to distract her from her pain and compromised mobility. But writing turned out to be more than just a good distraction. Louise loves creating exciting worlds, dark characters, and twisted plots.
Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, sons, a dog and a rather naughty cat, and also teaches mindfulness. (Photo & Info obtained from Bookouture’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the publisher Bookouture, author Louise Jensen, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.