Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: June 21st, 2018
Synopsis: 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 step into her new future.
By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognizable. She wakes, and she knows 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 recognize 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…
The Date is the third book I’ve read by Louise Jensen hasn’t disappointed me once. While you definitely have to suspend disbelief right from the beginning, as long as you’re willing to do that, this proves to be another exciting psychological thriller.
I was unfamiliar with the medical condition of Prosopagnosia (face blindness) before picking up this book, but it was an interesting twist on amnesia. I can’t even imagine not being able to recognize people faces, even those of your friends and family, or your own. It made Ali, who’s the victim of an assault even more sympathetic. She tends to run headlong into danger, but I liked her refusal to stay a victim.
As for the mystery of her assailant, I honestly had no idea until the big reveal toward the end. This, despite the tantalizing passages where you hear directly from the villain. There’s a well-rounded cast of secondary characters and all of them have moments of suspicious behavior, so I was kept guessing throughout the novel.
The action begins on the very first page and the pace never slows down which had me eating this up in one day. There are enough twists and turns to make the most talented armchair detective’s head spin. There were a few times I thought I had figured things out, only to be proven wrong. And although the ending completely caught me by surprise, it also made sense.
The Date is an exciting tale that will captivate fans of mysteries and psychological thrillers. Louise Jensen has fast become one of my favorite authors in these genres!