THE DATE kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page . . . all too believable (Jane Corry, bestselling author of THE DEAD EX)
The ending will chill you to the bone (Sun)
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 hate to leave poor reviews and can see I am a minority as every other reviewer has loved this book, so it must just be me. I currently have over 600 books on my Kindle and this is one of the worst books I have ever read. Even speed reading to get to the end felt like an eternity. It starts off well but then seems to get stuck and a bit rambly before, in my opinion, the fudgy ending. Apologies to the author and everyone who has raved about this book, but I really didn't enjoy reading it at all.
If I was in the state that the main character was I would be screaming from the hill tops for the Police. Instead, she blindly ( literally) stumbles from one disaster to the next. Absolute rubbish with a weak, pathetic main character; padded out with so much unnecessary back story, I literally skipped whole chapters. I guessed the ending before I was even half way through. It was a relief to finish it and a MASSIVE disappointment!And there IS no twist!
Oh my God, I thought I was purchasing a jewel of unputdownable (sic) psychological thriller. I ended up with a jewel of predictable non sense and far fetch fantasy. Gosh I so wanted to put this book down and end the torture. As usual I thought it would get better and it did not. An act of pure love was not understood by some kind of imbecile set on a very stupid revenge for something he did not grasp. A husband that the author tried as hard as possible to turn into a suspect to no effect. Honestly, I value the 5 stars reviewers but if you are thinking of purchasing that book my advice is.. don't bother.
Sorry, but I couldn't finish this. It started so well, but I soon found myself skim-reading through waffle presumably written to drag out the suspense. Despite 'secrets' being threaded into the storyline and given as the reason why Alison refuses to go to the police after waking up to horrific injuries following a date with a stranger, it just didn't ring true. The newly-estranged husband doesn't visit her (surely things weren't so bad that he would ignore someone he'd so recently loved?). Friends are mentioned, but don't appear at the hospital either. And then, once discharged home, Alison is on her own, suffering permanent 'facial recognition blindness'. Her apparently caring brother, despite his sister's horrific injuries and awful experience, has pressing business in Scotland and has to leave her. That was when I put the book down. Would somebody honestly go through such horror, refuse the police, and embrace being on their own with a life changing disability knowing that a nutcase could turn up on the doorstep? Nope! I appreciate it takes a lot of time and effort to write a book, and I don't like to review less than 3 stars.
did i really read the same book as all the reviewers that gave this book five stars?!! The story was unbelievable and so far fetched, this author(and many other authors of of psychological thrillers) is pushing the boundry of plausibility. sorry but i cant think of anything good to say about this book.
One of the most talked about books of the year, this didn’t disappoint. Louise Jensen leaves the reader with plenty of questions within a short space of time, adds a few more later, and keeps you guessing all the way through, with twists and turns that are hard to predict – and there are plenty of them. The opening starts steadily enough, then you’re hit with the first shock, and yet more follow. It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be unable to recognise faces – even your own – but Louise skilfully incorporates that into the story, to the point that this inability means the main character, Ali, can actually look straight at the bad guy (or is it a girl?) without knowing it’s them. I will confess to finding the final pages quite emotional to read so, by the time I closed the book, I knew it had hit home. Cracking read!
I love a good psychological read and The Date didn’t disappoint. With a unique and well thought out plot, it had plenty to keep me turning the page. Written in the first person, we really get to see the story unfold through Allison’s eyes and it is packed with her emotional ups and downs. I would have liked to have seen more from the person who turns out to be causing her all the difficulty, just so we could understand the sudden change in their character. I don’t know anything about the facial blindness that is touched on in the story but I felt the author did a wonderful job of helping us to understand how difficult this must be, so much so it made me wonder if someone in their life has suffered from this.
I cannot give this book more than 2 stars. It starts well and then becomes completely unbelievable. I won’t give away too much but for me the culprit in the story was ridiculous. For me a character has to be believable and too many in this book weren’t.