Book Review: The Date by Louise Jensen

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4.5 stars to the thrilling mystery novel, The Date, written by Louise Jensen and published in 2018. I always look forward to savoring a creepy and well-written suspenseful story, and this one definitely delivered a strong and fantastic punch. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy.

Have you ever woken up and forgotten what happened the night before? I’m sure it’s happened to all of us at some point. Most of the time we recover those memories. Then again, most of the time we also recognize our own face in the mirror. Unfortunately for Ali, neither is happening when she wakes up one morning after a date with some online mystery man that her friends convinced her to finally take a chance with. She’s separated from her husband, trying to figure out how to move forward after some problems, and suffers from something traumatic in her childhood. All three of these things remain center stage as Ali tries to piece together the night without telling her friends or brother that she doesn’t have a full memory or can’t recognize people’s faces anymore. Something happened to her and the blood and head wound must be the place to start.

This is a psychological horror of a novel — in a good way. It’s well-written and not medically technical on any level. Enough details are explained so readers know why she can’t remember and what type of reality this is in the world. Although rare, if a certain part of the brain is injured, it’s possible to not continue to remember what someone looks like. Ali’s other senses need to step up, but it doesn’t seem to be happening quickly enough. When her roommate disappears, Ali starts wondering if maybe she’s the one who did something bad and not the other way around. Even the police grow suspicious, but she continues to receive support from 3 or 4 people. We all know one of them is lying, but it’s not easy to tell what’s happened behind the scenes. Is it the brother? The aunt? The best friend? The guy next door? The hypnotist? The soon-to-be husband? Or someone else lurking in the night and scaring her with notes and messages all over the house.

I read this book all in one day. I started in the morning before the gym and assumed I’d read 30 or 40 pages to see if I liked the book. Next thing I know, I’m 200 pages in and late for the gym. I had to finish reading later in the afternoon and I’ve held off writing the review because it’s so hard determining what to say without giving away the plot. I kinda figured out what was going on, or at least who was behind it all. But the reason blew me away. I wasn’t expecting to find out the true details of the past so late in the game, but as soon as they were revealed, the whole story made sense to me. Great job, Jensen. I’m definitely going to be reading more of your novels.

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30 thoughts on “Book Review: The Date by Louise Jensen

    Lisa@LismorePaperCo. said:
    July 10, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Very good review! In fact, I’m going to get a copy. As always thank you for these wonderful reviews, you are feeding my need to read addiction. 💞😊

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    Book Club Mom said:
    July 10, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    Sounds really great – I love this genre! Thanks for the teaser review w/o spoilers!

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    Awesome review Jay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this too. I just posted my review a couple of days ago and it was pretty similar to yours. This is the 3rd book I’ve read by Louise Jensen and she hasn’t let me down once.☺️

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    Cozynookbks said:
    July 11, 2018 at 6:16 AM

    Keep hearing good things about this one Jay. Only one blogger said it was just okay. Based on your review I might have to try reading it if I can ever see past my toppling tbr pile. 😊

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 11, 2018 at 6:49 AM

      It’s a strong plot and has lots of psychological moments. If you can suspend a bit of disbelief, it’s worth it!

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    Carrie said:
    July 11, 2018 at 6:55 AM

    Great review Jay! I’m always hoping for something different with every book I pick up and this one certainly answered that request. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 11, 2018 at 7:17 AM

      Thx! I agree, it had a good balance of traditional thriller and something quite new.

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        Martie said:
        July 11, 2018 at 7:46 AM

        I am in the mood for a good horror story. I’m up in the mountains in VT. It is fun to scare myself by reading at night, in the pitch black sky. You sold me on this one.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 11, 2018 at 8:55 AM

        Ooh. I’d love to be in the mountains at night in a scary place! I hope you enjoy.

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    Jessica Rachow said:
    July 11, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    I definitely need to pick this one up. I’ve read a couple reviews, and now I need to read it. Great review! 🙂

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    July 11, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    So good it made you late for the gym… hmm…. I’ve been seeing pretty positive reviews for this one.

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    July 11, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Bwahahaha if you knew all the time that I’ve been late to the gym because I was reading or taking bookstagrams LOL

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    watchingthedaisies said:
    July 12, 2018 at 7:58 AM

    Thanks Jay. This sounds like a great read. Will add to my tbr list.

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    July 12, 2018 at 9:25 PM

    I keep hearing awesome things about this book! It’s so weird that these books involving females with prosopagnosia are suddenly coming out!!

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    carhicks said:
    July 13, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Wonderful review Jay. I have read some good reviews on this one, but yours pushed it overt the top for me. When you are late for something because you are reading, tells me that it was gripping.

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