Today I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of The Date by Louise Jensen as my stop on the blog tour. Many thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me!
About this book…
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…
Louise Jensen is an author that I’m always excited to read and as soon as I got my grubby little hands on The Date, I settled down to immerse myself in her latest creation. And this one absolutely blew my mind!! What a fantastic premise for this psychological thriller!
Imagine waking up one morning unable to remember what happened the night before. Sounds like the hangover from hell doesn’t it? But what if there were more to the memory loss than just alcohol after a big night out? What if you looked in the mirror and couldn’t recognise your own face? That’s the awful predicament facing Ali, a young woman recently separated from her husband, when she awakes the morning after her first date with a new man. Not only does she remember nothing of the date, she is now suffering from prosopagnosia (face blindness) which is scarier than her memory loss! I had heard of this condition before but never seen it used in this way as the main plot point in a psychological thriller. It worked perfectly though!
I always love how much I become involved in Louise Jensens books and I quickly found myself swept along by the storyline here. I had no idea where it was heading so I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns it threw up at me along the way. I really felt for Ali, her fear at discovering she could no longer recognise the people closest to her was palpable and I found myself wondering about how much life revolves around a simple thing such as recognition of friends, loved ones and enemies.
The Date is a wonderfully engrossing and intriguing book. Louise Jensen delivers a beautifully descriptive narrative full of emotional ups and downs, building up a storm of tension ready to come crashing down with the shocking and unexpected denouement. She is definitely one of my favourite authors around at the moment and continues to both delight and surprise me with her ability to create believable, character driven psychological suspense.
Highly recommended by me!
Meet the author…
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.