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1.0 out of 5 starsDon't waste your money or your time.
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
The book was pretty predictable, and the dialogue was terrible. Everybody called each other, "Love" so many times that it seems the British don't have any other term of endearment. The main character was a whinging doorstop who did not do one proactive thing. She just did what her husband told her to do. Dreadful.
1.0 out of 5 starsThis wife is simply too dumb for words.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2019
This story stars a wife who believes everything her husband says until one day she gets a note saying that he is having an affair. After that she wavers back and forth between believing and suspecting him for many many slow, boring chapters. I forced myself to finish this book but wish I hadn’t. I certainly don’t recommend it.
I hate when I read a book and have to leave a semi bad review. Of course this is just to my taste. Anyway, this book really kept my attention. Even though I wanted to smack Libby upside the head for being so stupid. You'll see what I mean if you read the book. All through the book there was talk about "the secret". It was driving me crazy and you don't really find out until the end. I was kinda disappointed with the ending. There is a big reveal but I didn't feel like it was a "big reveal". I guess I expected it to be something worse than it was. Maybe I'm just reading too many psychological thrillers and this wasn't as good as some others I read. I really wanted to give this a 3.5 but seeing how you can't I had to go with three stars. Please give this book a chance yourself. I've read negative reviews on other books and still gave them a chance and I'm glad I did because I ended up thinking they were good books. I will give other books by This author a try because it wasn't the writing so much as the story line. This just wasn't my cuppa tea. Sorry.
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2019
While I have no problem switching back and forth from "then" and "now", The writer put forth a definite series of events (rather than simply alluding to possible facts) and then completely contradicted those facts __ leaving the reader very confused. You can't state that something happened, and then later say "oh. no - never mind it didn't. The entire book was based on that, and that is not how surprising twists are done. Also Libby was painfully stupid. Sorry, this one a was struggle to finish.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat story, definite ending twist, but felt let down there was not more to the conclusion
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
Thus book totally captured my attention. I sat and read it in one day because I was so curious as to what happened. I agree with everyone; I did not see that ending (conclusion) coming. I loved the storyline and was totally into Libby and Sean. That said, the way the author did conclude the book after revealing the twist was a let down. I was hoping for a little bit more.
4.0 out of 5 starsHigh octane psychological thriller
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
As an avid reader of psychological thrillers, this is one of the best in my opinion. Not to say I thought it was perfect, but it had enough of a high octane content to make it excellent for me. Libby was frustrating at times, but I felt that most of that was Sean's fault. I thought that he was very controlling, and had her brainwashed to do whatever was good for him. I thought she had a strength to her as well. I enjoyed the roller coaster ride even though it was drawn out at times. The end blew me away, never suspecting at all. But as usual, I have had this following complaint about so many authors. The reason I gave this book a 4 rating was that the book ended without knowing how some things resolved.
Regardless, I would recommend this book to anyone, it is well worth it. BY Peggy
Wowwww. I just finished this book and am stunned. I did NOT expect that ending!
“Jaw-dropping twist” has become a cliched phrase in this genre, but in this case? It fits.
I won’t do a synopsis because I’m afraid I’d inadvertently give spoilers, so I’ll just say: if you’re looking for the very definition of a psychological thriller ... this is it. It’s a nail-biter, tense, has lots of very good twists, is extremely suspenseful, and very hard to put down. The pace is amazing; this book never drags. I can’t say there was a single main character I liked, but that’s ok. The story is truly entertaining enough.
I never even came close to guessing the ending, so kudos to the author for that! I read so many books in this genre, it’s nice to be able to be surprised still.
I do recommend this book for a thrilling and suspenseful read!
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5.0 out of 5 starsThriller with an unexpected twist
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
I enjoyed Date Night because it was well written and well plotted. It's an intense family drama including The unfortunate murder of a 17 year old girl. The story is narrated in two time frames, now, in the present tense, and before, in the past tense, mostly from Libby's point of view and some scenes from her husband, Dan's. There are some red herrings and plenty of unreliable narrators, to keep the reader turning pages, until finally, a big secret, leading to the final twist, which I didn't see coming, is disclosed in the last chapter. The setting in UK, in the picturesque Cotswolds, anchors the story.
Libby and Sean seem to have it all, she runs her own catering business and he's a well established vet, they have a young daughter Alice, and Sean has a teenage son Dan, from his previous marriage to Natalie. Things appear to be good until Libby finds a note left on her windscreen accusing Sean of having an affair, she confronts him and he denies it, to try and prove it to her he suggests they have a date night and they leave Alice with their babysitter, Sasha but their date ends in disaster and that's before they even get home and find Sasha is missing and Alice is alone in the house. The story opens with Libby being arrested for Sasha's murder, she protests her innocence but nobody is listening, what really happened on that disastrous night and does Libby know more than she's letting on?
This story is told over two timelines; Before, which is told by Libby and Now, which is narrated by a third person, it was confusing at first how the two scenarios were linked as the stories conflicted with each other but as it continues it becomes clear why, there are twists in this book, more than you can imagine, but that final one hit like a double whammy, I don't think anyone will see that one coming! This story is so well executed, and I was intrigued throughout, hoping that Libby wasn't a murderer. This is the second book I've read by Samantha Hayes, the first being The Liar's Wife, and if you like a book full of twists that grabs you by the seat of your pants and has you screaming to go faster, then I recommend you read Date Night.
1.0 out of 5 starsWell thats 2 days of reading I will never get back!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2019
Boring, repetitive and possibly the worst ending in a story that I have read. What started out as a good book turned into utter rubbish. Libby went from being strong and with backbone to a pathetic wimp every few minutes which, quite honestly isn't possible in real life. There are lots of holes in this book and nothing really added up. I wont be reading anything else by this author. I gave it 1 star for the reasons above but actually enjoyed the menue descriptions and preparations, but I wasn't buying a cook book.
Date Night - where do I start? I seriously couldn’t put this book down. Libby’s character had me intrigued from the off. Immediately plunged into her surreal situation, I felt my heart skipping a few beats as Libby’s nightmare unfolded.
I absolutely loved how the truth unravelled throughout this novel and I certainly had no idea who could be trusted. What a mystery! And the ending... I didn’t expect that at all. What a ride.
The full cast of characters all came across as suspicious, with jealousy being a central theme throughout. Everyone was under suspicion at some point which forced me to devour the pages at speed. I simply had to know what was going on.
If you love a gripping psychological thriller with lashings of mystery, then check this one out.
What a rollercoaster of a read!! Starting with Libby being arrested for murder then going back to the night Sasha her babysitter disappeared. Libby's whole world starts falling part. She thought she knew her husband Sean, but it seems he has lots of secrets, do they know what happened to Sasha and what are they covering up. I read this in a day as had to keep reading to find out what happened that night. I had two shocks at the end I really didn't see either of them coming!