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…
*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads
*Thank you to the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
It is my first book from the author, Louise Jensen, and I must say, I am more than impressed. The blurb alone is intriguing and it immediately drew me in. I knew it will be one crazy ride and I wasn’t disappointed. The Date is one gripping novel that will seize your attention from the first page until the end. Alison Taylor has been separated from her husband for months. And although she’s hoping they can still patch things up, Matt is not showing any indication that he wants the same. So when her friends convince her to go on a date with a guy she met online, she reluctantly agreed. It’s just one date, anyway. The next day when she woke up, she’s alone and in a disheveled state. She’s hurt, bloodied and even dirty. Worse, she can’t recall everything that’s happened the night before. She knew she’d been on a date but she can’t remember any of it, not even the guy named Ewan that was her date. And if that isn’t enough, Ali doesn’t recognize the person staring back at her in the mirror and so are the people around her, her family and friends. And from that point on, her life irrevocably changed. She was diagnosed with prosopagnosia or face blindness, which is the inability to recognize faces as a result of her head injury. A condition which most likely to be permanent. But it’s not the end of her worries. Because someone is out to get her. Someone who knows everything that’s happened that fateful night and won’t let Ali get away with something she supposedly did.
Going into the book, I wasn’t aware that face blindness condition exists. And so was Alison. That’s why everything is so intriguing and fascinating. I was hooked right from the start. There’s a right amount of suspense and mystery that gets me reading until the end. The mystery surrounding Ali’s date, not to mention the person tormenting her, is a puzzle that keeps me guessing from start to finish because the author managed to cast doubt on every character around her. From Ali’s husband to her housemate and even her best friend. I had a couple of guesses as to who’s the perpetrator and still ended up wrong. Alison’s character is somehow interesting. Her fears and struggles about her condition feel realistic. Her distrust of the police force is strange but the juggling between the present and her past memories gives off better understanding as to why. It also reveals a great part about her that she’s been trying to run away from. A past that she thought was long buried but is creeping back into the open and is now out to get her.
It started pretty solid with Ali’s condition laid out early on and the mystery was immediately presented. It got a bit repetitive after that, though, everything still unfolds smoothly. The twists and turns totally caught me off guard and the ending is truly fantastic. In all, The Date is a unique psychological thriller and definitely a page-turner. A thrilling and exciting read that most would surely enjoy. Props to the author, Louise Jensen for weaving this remarkably gripping novel.