Date Night - Samantha Hayes
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
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?
Wow, this book has just completely blown me away. As I was reading it, I was convinced since about 7% in that I knew who the bad ‘guy’ was! Absolutely no questions, convinced! I even woke in the middle of the night and was like yeah it’s definitely so and so, this is the reason why and this is what they’ve done! Chattering away to myself about it all at 4 am! So when it wasn’t, and I hadn’t guessed anything correctly, I was gobsmacked. I like being taken by surprise like this. Complete twist after twist and shock after shock, brilliantly written to keep me in suspense like this. I’m so glad I took a chance on this author via NetGalley and tried this book. I tried to think about how I would react if a note were put on my car warning me that Morgan had been up to no good. Libby was in an impossible situation, as was Sean. If he was innocent, there was no way he could prove it; only Libby could determine if he was guilty. However, by pushing the matter she was driving him and herself insane, but how could she ignore it? An impossible situation, no matter how much trust you think you have if you get a note like that you are bound to have doubts regardless. After receiving the note, Libby’s life literally turns upside down. We follow the story back and forward in time. Starting off at the end and then the ‘before’ chapters interspersed with the ‘now’ catches up to itself at the end. It was all very cleverly executed. The ‘now’ sections weren’t as often, and at the end of each one, you would be left with a mini cliffhanger, leaving you panting for more but having to wait what felt like ages to get back to the ‘now’! This was a real thriller whereby you didn’t know what direction the story was going in and you didn’t know who to trust. It grips you, and it was so hard to put it down to get some sleep, even though it ended up keeping me awake just thinking about it anyway. I may as well have kept reading! Thoroughly enjoyed it and will most definitely be checking out the author’s other books!