The Date by Louise Jensen

My review

“Mirror, mirror on the wall

Who is the fairest of us all?

Wait a minute, mirror

The face I see, fills me with terror”

What do you do when you get up and don’t recognize the face in the mirror? When you don’t recognise You as You ?

Facial recognition is needed for survival, but there are many of us for whom this is not possible some by birth and some due to trauma – this is prosopagnosia. Ali gets up one morning and cannot remember her face. In fact she knows her face but what is seen in the mirror is unrecognizable to her. And there is a bump on head, marks of being restrained on her arms, and blood on her fingers…

What did happen on her date??

My first book by Louise Jensen, and I am so glad that I started with this book. The book was a crash, boom, bang into suspense with nary a moment to breathe or think. There is only free fall into the darkness along with the main character Ali, when she goes through the terror of not recognising anyone, the panic which strikes her when she realizes there is someone stalking her, and the sheer loneliness which prosopagnosia leaves her with. And there is also the amnesia of the date, thanks to the bump on her head. How does one deal with all of this and more?

That is the sheer brilliance of author Louise Jensen who holds me firm to the book without letting go. This is how a true thriller should be written. She beckons me with prosopagnosia, gently caresses my fingers with the amnesia, and then pulls my hand with the stalker. Everytime I think I know, Louise sees to it that I really don’t know. The pages of kindle went flying every few seconds, fastest I have ever read. Fabulous!!

The story is told in Ali’s POV, so every single emotion she goes through is felt. There are times when I want to hold her hand and tell her to think and analyze, but the massive overload to her brain is overwhelming. But yet, she persists and gets to the truth… slowly and steadily

The last scene has so many possibilities…is it, isn’t it?

“Mirror, mirror on the wall

Who is the fairest of us all?

Wait a minute, mirror

Face unknown, hair and voice are faintly dearer”

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 5 stars

About the Author

Louise is a USA Today bestselling author, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, dog and a rather naughty cat.

Louise’s first two novels, The Sister and The Gift, were both No.1 bestsellers, and have been sold for translation in sixteen territories. The Sister was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016.

Book blurb

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…

Product Details

Publication date : 21st June, 2018

Publisher : Bookouture

Language : English

Available on Amazon

Watch her forget, watch her remember

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72 thoughts on “The Date by Louise Jensen

      1. I mailed WordPress and akismet, they asked me to request the bloggers to put me on the approved list. I tried contacting people whose blogs I remembered commenting on, Yours was one of them

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      1. No worries. I’m just trying to find balance between work, family, blogging, some ME time and quality time with my hubby and friends… Help, I need a clone! I can’t wait for my Summer vacation. I will go diving with the kids and hopefully be able to read under a parasol. 😄 Hope you will have a great summer too. xoxo

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