The Date by Louise Jensen
Reading Level: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: June 21, 2018
Book Summary: 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…
My Review: Can you imagine waking up and not being able to recognize anyone you know? I sure can’t. It’s a traumatic diagnosis that would surely change any life. For Ali, in just one night, everything turned upside down. And the sad part is, she’s in danger and she can’t remember why! I mean if this doesn’t sound like a perfect formula for an addictive thriller, than I don’t know what is.
Ali’s emotional turbulence towards her separation was relatable. One day you’re happy and married and the next you’re separated and confused. On top of all that, she is dealing with a stalker and trying to piece together parts to an unfamiliar night.
Louise did a superb job in giving all the secondary characters meaning as well. I was constantly suspicious and paranoid as to who was trustworthy in Ali’s circle. By the end, I was so flabbergasted that I yelped, “no fucking way!” I was not expecting the outcome at all. It made me want to shake the person involved in Ali’s horrible nightmare.
The Date was a well-written story that kept me wanting more as it escalated. Louise’s mysterious plot grabbed my attention and didn’t let go until all the answers were revealed. I highly recommend this thriller if you’re looking for a fast paced novel that’ll hit all the right buttons!
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
About The Author:
Louise Jensen is a million copy author of Global No. 1 psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift, The Surrogate and The Date. Her novels have also been sold for translation to twenty territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. The Gift has been optioned. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award and The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize 2018. Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers.
3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Date by Louise Jensen”
Great review. Glad that you also enjoyed this one. Like you, I was surprised by the reveal.
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Thank you! Yes that ending was crazy.
Thank you and yes the ending was definitely surprising!