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 recognize the person who is trying to destroy her…
Have you ever read something so dark that still made you so happy? This book made me so happy that I wanted to walk down the street high 5-ing people. The Date by Louise Jensen reminded me why I love this genre so much. I haven’t had much luck with psychological thrillers of late and had even started feeling burnt out. All that changed when this book came my way.
Ali wakes us after a date with no memory of what happened. Not only has she lost her memory but she is also suffering from face blindness. If you are like me and have never heard of this condition, it basically means that a person doesn’t have the ability to recognize faces. Can you imagine how scary that is? Ali could no longer identify anyone by their face. In addition, she forgot faces even after meeting people. It is evident that something bad happened to her. She had bruises, a damaged car, there was blood and then she started receiving threats. Somebody had done something to Ali and this person wasn’t going to leave her alone. Worse still, she has no idea who it was and what they did to her.
The premise of this book was brilliant. I absolutely couldn’t have guessed what happened to Ali. In addition, her face blindness made her an unreliable narrator. Her memories were all jangled up and she couldn’t even identify the people in her life. The suspense heightened as it became clear that someone was still after her. In addition, there were a few chapters narrated by an mysterious character. They were sinister, dark but captivating. I was going nuts trying to guess what was going on and why.
The Date by Louise Jensen has everything that makes thrillers entertaining. It was so captivating that I ended up reading it in just a day. This book is unpredictable, enthralling and definitely unputdownable. Guys, please read this book. Actually, just read all books by this author! She is brilliant, all her books are amazing and her writing is pure magic!