The past few months have been crammed with travel! And, as exhausting as it has been, it has definitely given me some uninterrupted hours to get through some of my to-read lists! I have about 20 books on NetGalley screaming for my attention, and I’m trying to get through them as quickly as I can! Thankfully, I still have one more trip and a few flights next week to dig in. Recently, I got into a conversation with some other #BookBloggers on Twitter, and they recommended I also sign up Edelweiss–another site to receive ARCs. Do you use both platforms? What are your thoughts on them?
This week’s eARC comes from Louise Jensen, author of The Sister, The Surrogate, and The Gift. Her new novel, The Date, is available for pre-order and will be released on June 21–only a week away! The cover says The Date is an “unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist”–and I would agree! I read this in less than 48 hours! In The Date, Allison Taylor, who is recently (and begrudgingly) separated from her husband, wakes up after a blind date covered in blood, with a nasty head injury, missing her phone…and her memories of the night before. Ali then starts receiving mysterious and threatening messages–but she still can’t remember what happened that night and who her date was!
Thriller and suspense novels are overwhelming popular these days. And, unfortunately, with that level of over-saturation, it is incredibly easy to feel start falling into common tropes of the genre. If you are an avid suspense-reader, you also start developing a sixth sense for figuring out the ending before it happens. With The Date, none of this happens. I was genuinely shocked by the ending! It’s always a pleasure to have “figured it out” in your head and then be decidedly wrong. Much like other novels of the genre, The Date is told in a split-narrative from Ali and the antagonist’s perspectives. However, the side we see from the novel’s antagonist are brief–but actively chilling, threatening, and add to the level of suspense throughout the novel. A fast-paced and quick read, The Date makes a great thriller and you should pre-order it today!
Best binged with: a strong dark and stormy–much like the mood of this novel.
[I received a digital, advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.]