Brenda’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars
Norma and I were lost in a coulee reading The Date with two of our Traveling Sisters and for the first time ever Norma was left in a coulee all by herself feeling quite differently from the rest of us about this story.
The Date was a fast-paced, entertaining yet frightening – the good kind we love in thrillers that left us on the edge of the coulee ready to jump out in fright and run and hide from some of the chilling scenes our main character Ali was up against. Nothing is the same for Ali after she wakes up the morning after a date that she remembers nothing about and things are not right for her.
Louise Jensen does a great job creating a terrifying situation here for Ali with her not knowing who she is being terrorized by but knows they want to destroy her. Not only does she have no idea who it is or why she is now unable to recognize anyone.
Norma who was on vacation at the time we were reading this one couldn’t fully engage with us in our discussion and she ended up not feeling the same way about the story as we did. She felt the story was written a little too frantic but that could have just been because things can get a little frantic when you are visiting family. Thinking this one might not be the best vacation read. We recommend finding a nice quiet place maybe with a blanket to hide under while reading this story.
Well, I can hardly believe that little ole me is sitting all by my lonesome in the Coulee!
All of the other Traveling Sisters absolutely loved this one except for me as I ended up thinking it was just okay. What’s up with that you might say? (or that is exactly what I said….LOL)
For me, this was just not a good fit and it might have been because I was reading this book while on vacation and maybe I just wasn’t totally getting it. I very much enjoyed the premise of this novel though and I quite enjoyed the twist. At the end, I was left a little bit puzzled and underwhelmed. I wish I would have felt the desperation and frantic behavior more from our main character here instead of feeling that it was more of the writing. I just didn’t feel it and it did bother me a little bit.
I definitely still would recommend this novel though as I think it might have been just me and timing.
Thank you from both of us to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lousie Jensen for a copy to read and review.
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