Every so often an author comes along and you just know that no matter what they write about, it will be phenomenal. Louise Jensen is one such author and I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for her latest psychological thriller, The Date.
As seems to have become a bit of a tradition, my #blogtourtwin today is the gorgeous Emma Welton over at damppebbles so make sure you pop over there to see what she thinks too.
So, The Date … It’s frigging amazing!
Here’s the blurb …
Bookouture (21 Jun. 2018)
One night can change everything.
‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’
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…
My thoughts …
Jensen blows my mind with every book she releases.
When I think to back to the first time I read The Sister, and I can’t help but remember my astonishment at the skills shown by a debut author. Then she released The Gift and I couldn’t help but worry that it wouldn’t be quite as good as her debut, I was so glad to be proved wrong!
Then The Surrogate graced our Kindles and my god, she knocked it outta the park. Now I just know, without a shadow of a doubt that everything she writes will be utterly fabulous. Beyond fabulous, in fact.
Jensen has the Midas touch and everything she writes turns to gold.
She’s nothing short of perfection with her words and The Date is by far her best work to date.
Not shy of writing about gritty and off the charts topics, Jensen has created another world full of tension and suspense that left me breathless.
Ali, having recently split up from her husband, wakes up after a night out and knows that her life is about to change forever but she doesn’t know why. Until she looks in the mirror and the face staring back at her isn’t her own.
The hell that follows is so wrought with fear and dread I had to read this with the lights on! There are scenes in The Date that would fit right into the movies of Stephen King! Terrifying!
With her memories lost, and unable to recognise anyone, Ali is in fear for her life. The strangest things are happening and not knowing who she can trust, or who people are, makes trying to get to the bottom of things a whole lot harder for her.
I adore Ali. Once again, Jensen has created a lead character who is easy to relate to and who could be me. Young (ish), struggling with life, to a certain extent, and trying to take some small piece of joy out a bad situation, until it goes wrong. But why did it go wrong for Ali?
What led her to this point in her life?
Told from Ali’s point of view and in chapters which take us back through the events in Ali’s life which led her to this point, and then bring us back to the present seamlessly, Jensen weaves a wonderfully wicked web of lies, deceit, and intrigue which left me sobbing and terrified at the same time. Ali is a delicate woman, in a fashion, she’s had a hell of a lot to deal with in her life and she’s trying to hold it all together even when there are barely threads to keep hold of. With no parents around and a younger brother to look out for she has the weight of the world on her shoulders and my heart ached for her all the way through. Then, she changes.
She turns into something stronger, someone who isn’t going to let everything get the better of her, who isn’t going to sit back and just wait for the next thing to go wrong. She takes charge and when she does, those who are out to get her best watch out!
It’s actually outrageous how brilliant Jensen is at setting the scene, for someone who looks so nice and innocent, my god has she god a devious mind! I LOVE IT!!! Once again, Jensen has knocked it outta the park. The Date is compelling, addictive, and one you’ll need the lights on to read!
I’m ‘supposed’ to stay completely impartial in my reviews on here, apparently, but sod it, this is my blog and I’m sharing my thoughts. Louise and I are great friends in real life and I know how much of her goes into each and every word she puts to the pages of her books. I know the joy it brings her to know people are enjoying her work, I know the good, the bad, and ugly side of life as an author. And I know how strong she is. So, Louise, my loveliest of pals, my superstar friend, I adore you, I adore your work, and I am so proud of you! You’ve got it! You’ve done it! NUMBER BLOODY FOUR!!!!!
I’m off to wipe my tears and have a brew, but well done, mate, I bloody love you xxxx
Go and buy it NOW, bookworms!!! It’s out today!
My hugest of thanks to the team at Bookouture for my ARC – which I’ve reviewed with the utmost honesty – and for inviting me to kick off the tour, what an honour! THANK YOU!
Four books in and each one better than the last, you do not want to miss out on the thrillers rides Jensen creates for her readers. Get involved if you haven’t already!
About the author …
Louise Jensen is a Global No.1 Bestselling author of psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift & The Surrogate. To date Louise has sold approaching a million books and her novels have been sold for translation to nineteen territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award.
Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at http://www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction and writing tips.
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