ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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 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…
MY THOUGHTS: Terrifying. Imagine looking in the mirror and not recognising the face staring back at you. . . Not recognising anyone, your brother, your husband, your friends, your work colleagues. Never knowing, never being quite sure who these people are, walking past them on the street. We all fail to recognize people out of context, away from where we normally see them, but this is infinitely worse. Even more terrifying when someone is stalking you. If you do see them, you won’t recognise them…
Even more scary when you have a secret, a secret buried deep in your past, one that you can’t escape, that you will carry with you always, a secret that you have learned to live with, but one that someone else now knows. ‘It doesn’t work, does it, burying secrets? They always become unearthed: dark and dirty and ready to destroy.’
As I said, terrifying. But you are going to have to suspend belief to really enjoy The Date. And I did while I was reading. I tore through the pages. Breathless. Unable to stop to even think. Every possibility, every scenario drew me in. Imagine being trapped inside a kaleidoscope lined with distorting fun fair mirrors. That is how I felt as I was reading.
But when I had finished, little inconsistencies began to niggle at me. I wasn’t so sure any more. I have never had this happen before. I have had the opposite happen. I have read books where, having finished them, they have continued to grow on me. Whereas my pleasure in The Date diminished a little the more I thought about it.
Don’t get me wrong. This was an incredible read, one that I won’t hesitate to recommend. But there was a worm in my apple. One that, try as I might, I just can’t identify.
Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Date by Louise Jensen for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.
This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2348494132