Today I am thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour for Date Night by Samantha Hayes. Happy publication day Samantha! Enjoy your day.
About the Book
Returning early from a disastrous date night with my husband, I know something is wrong the moment the wheels crunch the gravel drive of our home. Inside, the TV is on and a half-eaten meal waits on the table. My heart stops when I find our little girl is alone in the house and our babysitter, Sasha, is missing…
Days later, when I’m arrested for Sasha’s murder and torn away from my perfect little family, I’ll wish I had told someone about the threatening note I received that morning.
I’ll hate myself for not finding out who the gift hidden inside my husband’s wardrobe was for.
I’ll scream from the rooftops that I’m innocent – but no one will listen.
I will realise I was completely wrong about everything that happened that night…
But will you believe me?
Twisted and absolutely unputdownable, Date Night exposes what goes on behind the closed doors of a happy home and the dangerous truths we ignore to protect the ones we love. Perfect reading for anyone totally gripped by The Wife Between Us, Friend Request or Gone Girl.
After reading the blurb I knew that this was going to be a cracker of a read and I was right! Date Night starts off with a thrilling prologue, a chilling story in between and an epilogue that will knock your socks off! It was so good and completely unexpected, that I am still gobsmacked over it! If you love a psychological thriller that is full of secrets, mystery, suspense, mayhem and twists throughout, then this is the book for you.
Samantha has crafted a chilling plot that would be any parents worse nightmare. Coming home from a night out that didn’t go as planned, to find that the babysitter is missing and your daughter has been left alone in the house. Yeah that’s not great. As if things couldn’t get any worse, main character Libby, not only has to deal with the fact that her husband Sean is possibly cheating on her, but she is also charged with the murder of Sasha the babysitter when she fails to turn up presumed dead! And I thought I had problems…Libby definitely takes the prize here!
The characters in this story are very well written and developed. I found them also to be very believable and Samantha does a great job at bringing them to life on the page. For me though, they were not all likeable, but they don’t all have to be. Libby at times could be frustrating but given what she was going through, it is understandable as she struggles with who she can trust. Sean was a complete mystery to me and I liked how I was kept guessing as to whether or not he was the good guy or the bad guy.
Samantha’s writing style is just flawless. Everything just flows with this story and the short snappy chapters makes for an easy and enjoyable read. The story is told from Libby’s perspective as it moves from the present to the not so distant past giving the reader insight into the events in the lead up to their “Date Night”, and what follows in the aftermath.
This book was very hard to put down and I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it, when life rudely got in the way and interrupted me! I throughly enjoyed this book and I recommend you reading it.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Samantha Hayes for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Date Night which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Special thank-you to Noelle Holten from Bookouture for the spot on this blog tour.
Let’s get to know Samantha
Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.
Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’
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