“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…
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.”
I am absolutely thrilled to welcome you to damppebbles today because I’m kicking off The Date blog tour, eeek! The Date is the fourth book written by one of my very favourite authors, Louise Jensen. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s publication day too so a very happy book birthday to Louise and the folk at Bookouture! I’ve read and reviewed all of Jensen’s previous books and I can’t recommend them highly enough; The Sister, The Gift & The Surrogate. If you want a guaranteed emotive, twisty, shocker of a read then look no further than Ms Jensen.
With this in mind, I was really looking forward to making a start on The Date. Ali is heading out on her first date since reluctantly separating from her husband, Matt. The following morning she wakes dazed and confused, slowly realising that something terrible has happened, that she’s been subjected to an unknown trauma. The effects are devastating, the doctors tell Ali that she now suffers from prosopagnosia; face blindness. Now I have to be honest here. I have recently read another book where the main character suffered from the same condition. I have no experience of face blindness myself and struggle to visualise how sufferers live their lives but I think, having that previous experience (albeit reading a book!) did diminish the shock factor. The news of Ali’s new condition didn’t hit me as hard as it would a reader coming to prosopagnosia for the first time. However, what really resonated with me was how utterly terrified Ali was. She has no memory of the date which changed her life forever. She’s broken and bruised and suddenly, thanks to the face blindness very, very alone and she can’t trust anyone. Absolutely terrifying.
Jensen is a master at making you think one thing whilst doing some clever sleight of hand under the table so you’re never really sure what to expect. I don’t think I have ever been as surprised as I was at the end of The Surrogate, Jensen’s previous book. Which put me on my guard this time around. I was obsessed with looking for clues and hints. I’m delighted to confirm that once again the author worked her seemingly effortless magic and I was miles out in my predictions. I had concocted all manner of possible scenarios, all but the one it actually was!
Ali’s past is a lot more complicated than it first seems and I enjoyed reading the flashbacks to her childhood. As childhoods go, Ali’s wasn’t the greatest but again, for reasons you do not expect at first. It was fascinating to see the events which made her the woman she is, the birth of the guilt she carries so heavily as an adult. I felt enormously sorry for her many times throughout the book but strangely, I struggled to like her. Ali is a character who will be loved by many readers but for me, she lacked gumption; I wanted her to be a little more kick-ass and a little less whiny and timid.
Would I recommend this book? I would, but then I would highly recommend ALL of Jensen’s books as she is a step above most other writers in the same genre. The Date is bursting at the seams with shedloads of delicious intriguing suspense. The ending was an absolutely perfect fit for the story and I can’t stop picturing that final scene in my head and wondering to myself….
Four and a half stars out of five.
I chose to read and review an eARC of The Date. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
The Date by Louise Jensen was published in the UK by Bookouture on 21st June 2018 and is available in paperback and eBook formats (please note, the following links are affiliate links): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Book Depository | Goodreads |
Louise Jensen is the 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.