Nine hours and eleven minutes…
That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was beaten to within an inch of life and left for dead. She lies, unable to move and praying for somebody to find her, as she counts down the minutes and wonders who could have hated her so much to have hurt her so badly.
Was it the man she went on a date with the previous evening, the man linked to the deaths of two other women? Or somebody else, somebody who wants her out of the picture so much they’re willing to kill?
Whoever it is, they will pay … all she has to do first is survive..!
What does TWG think?
Errrrrrr, hello book; can I have my heart back please?!?
This is definitely one of those ‘dun dun DUNNNNNNNNNN’ type of novels! You know, the ones where you’re left rearranging your organs after your heart escaped into your mouth. Sound familiar?
Lynda Stacey set the scene brilliantly with the opening to her book, making her readers enter the mind of someone who thinks that they are being left to die. Would you feel scared? Hopeless? See your past flash before your very eyes? A very, very clever way to pull readers into the story – I fell head first into it and didn’t let up until I had reached the end. I could have sworn I had a house standing before…..(jokes).
Even though I did find some parts of the storyline to be a little predictable, it didn’t stop me from being gripped by the storyline as the characters seemed to have their own hidden agenda, regardless of who they were linked to. I mean, one moment I was sitting there gripped by Ella’s emotions, and then the next my head was getting funked over by the storyline (not that I’m complaining!). Please remember that I am being vague on purpose as I am trying my best to keep spoilers away, but it’s hard as there is just so much about ‘The Fake Date’ that I want to shout about.
‘The Fake Date’ is a psychological thriller with a difference – who’d have thought romantic notions went hand in hand with a head funk of a storyline?!
What a highly gripping, engaging, and fast paced novel – roll on the next book!
About the author.
Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire,
Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of psychological / romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.
Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secretswon the Choc Lit Search for a Starcompetition.
She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her husband, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.