Hi, Ali! Long time no see, how are you?
It’s a nightmare. It has to be. How can a head injury mean that I’ll never recognise anyone’s face again, not even my own? It sounds like a horror movie, but this isn’t fiction it’s real life. My life. And it’s completely terrifying.
It all started with Chrissy and Jules signing me up to one of those stupid dating apps. I wasn’t ready. I told them I was still hopeful Matt would want to give our marriage another go even though we’ve been separated for months. But they fixed me up and persuaded me it would be ‘fun.’
My life has irrevocably changed and emotionally I’m finding it hard to come to terms with the fact I now have prosopagnosia, a word I’d never heard of until a few days ago.
I don’t know why my date hurt me. I don’t know why he’s tormenting me still but all I know is that he could be standing in front of me right now and I wouldn’t be able to recognise him.
Oh, God. It’s not you, is it? It’s not you who has been sending me threats? Following me. Are you the same doctor? I don’t quite recognise your voice.
I hear you calling me but I don’t stop. A stitch burns my side and sweat drenches my T-shirt and it isn’t until I’m home again with the door locked that my heart rate begins to slow.
But not for long.
There’s someone in my garden. Looking through my window. It could be someone I know. It could be him.
It could be you.
There’s a banging on the window. A banging in my head. Please, God. Make it stop. Make him go away.
I peer out into the gloom. I can’t see him anymore, but that doesn’t mean he’s gone.
How am I supposed to live this way? How will I ever feel safe again? I won’t, but then I shouldn’t. I’m not safe.
I’m not safe at all.
Is Ali safe? WTF has happened to her?!?!?
Find out in The Date … the latest psychological thriller from best selling author, Louise Jensen … And come back tomorrow when I’ll have the first chapter to share with you!
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…
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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.