Date Night

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Libby finds a note in her car claiming  her husband sean is having an affair but when she confronts him he strenuously denies it and asks her to go on a date night with him so they can discuss the matter so Libby goes with him on a rare date night leaving their  four year old daughter with Sasha their seventeen year old babysitter.  When they arrive home later that night they are shocked and extremely distressed to find their daughter asleep but all alone in the house and Sasha gone leaving her belongings including her phone behind.   Even more shocking,  a few days later Libby gets arrested for murder even though Sasha’s body hasn’t been found and thus begins a twisted tale where the facts are fed out gradually to allow you to piece together what led up to this event!!!! This is one of the best books I’ve read in quite a while and I highly recommend it!!! 

 Thank you to NetGalley Bookouture and Samantha Hayes for the arc of  Date Night my review is honest and unbiased.
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After reading some of the reviews I feel that I am in the minority with my opinion on this book. It was good but not exactly as strong as I was hoping it would be. Parts of the story were a bit confusing to me and made it hard to follow at times. I felt that the ending was a bit of a letdown with how much mystery there was leading up to the ending.
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This book was all over the place, jumping back and forth between time periods, changing character point-of-view, that I found it distracting. However, it did keep me engaged until the end and the mystery was solved. The author threw out a curveball in the last couple of chapters that she never laid the groundwork for, so readers might find that disconcerting.
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Absolutely gripping novel, packed to the brim with suspense, unexpected twists, and great characters. I love the use of multiple timelines and plot lines to keep the story moving forward, reveal shocking information, and slowly peel back the layers on the seemingly perfect characters Libby and Sean. 

Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher and author for my ARC of this novel.
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after reading the preview for this book i was really looking forward to reading it.   Very nice book, wish the timelines would stay on track at times, but overall very good.
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Unfortunately this book was disappointing, I could not get into the characters and the story jumped around more than I cared for. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to read the book in advance but this book was not something that I enjoyed.
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This was a fantastic book!

A real story of a date night gone horrendously wrong! Libby and Sean seem like a power couple, her a successful caterer and him a much loved local Vet!

The story Starts with Libby being arrested for murder then going back to the night Sasha her babysitter disappeared.

Libby's whole world crumbles the night she is arrested, she thought she knew her husband Sean, but it seems he has lots of secrets of his own! Who can Libby really trust and what really did happen!

This book was too hard to put down and it didn’t disappoint with two shockers at the end!
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Date Night

Wow!  This is an absolute gem of a book.
The dual plot starts with Libby being arrested for the murder of her baby sitter, Sasha.  She has no idea why she has been arrested 

But then the Before plot line unfolds.  Libby finds a note on her car windscreen saying her husband is having an affair.  She is sure it’s a lie, but the little alarm bells start to ring in her head.

Libby and Sean return from a disastrous date night, that was supposed to prove that the note was a lie, but their babysitter has disappeared in thin air.

What unfolds is not always the truth, often the reader is kept in the dark about what events have happened.  But the plot is fast moving, characters dislikeable and an plot twist that you do not see coming.

Easy 5 stars.
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Goodness, this is a difficult one to do justice to! I literally sat, stunned, after finishing it.

The pace starts of slowly, almost agonisingly, after a gripping opening. The tension just builds and builds, making this a real page-turner. I genuinely had no idea what had happened until the jaw dropping twist at the end. There are, in fact, two very unexpected twists at the end.

Fantastically well written, it’s atmospheric and gripping, with such well drawn characters and the perfect setting.

Libby and Sean seem to have the perfect marriage, but as the book progresses we can see that all is perhaps not as it appears, and we see a different side to Sean. But has he anything to do with Sasha’s disappearance? It’s hard to believe that he does, but you begin to doubt everyone as the story unfolds.

Really addictive stuff, it kept me reading late into the night. For anyone who likes a good psychological thriller, do yourself a favour and read this, it’s stunning.
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Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

It’s fast paced and intriguing. It’s suspense will keep you up half the night just to finish it. It’s a great book to enjoy on a weekend :)
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Really good story! I was completely gripped for the most part, although the ending was a bit obvious.
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A real page turner ! What has happened to Sasha the babysitter? This book takes you on a physiological thriller journey to find out the answer.. one to read for any thriller fans!
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Who do you believe when everyone is saying different things?  Libby and Sean go out to try and sort out a few problems, but the real problems begin once the get home to find the babysitter has disappeared.  Libby, forever apologising, appeared to be completely missing a backbone and Sean, who never answered a question if he could look at the ground instead.  This is what I’ll remember about this book, not the plot, not the numerous red herrings.  Definitely intriguing, but not too hard to guess what would happen.  What really kept me reading was to see when or if Libby would get a grip!
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I received a free e-copy of Date Night by Samantha Hayes from NetGalley for my honest review.

This book kept me up reading through the night. I just couldn't put it down. It kept me guessing till the very end.

Libby is happily married to her husband, Sean. She loves and trusts him with all her heart. Then one day, she finds a note on the windshield of her car stating that Sean is having an affair. She confronts him about it and he of course, denies it. Libby starts to get paranoid and is questioning her thoughts of her husband's honesty.

One night, they decide to have a date night. The hopes of spending time together and mending the questions and problems they have been having. When they come home from date night, the babysitter is gone and their daughter asleep in her bed with no one home.

They contact the police as the babysitter is missing and everything changes from that point on. So many secrets and lies that you don't know who to believe. A wonderfully explosive thriller!
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Libby and her husband Sean have hit a bit of a rough patch. So when Libby finds a note on her car telling her that Sean is having an affair, she begins to doubt his commitment to their marriage. 

Sean adamantly denies any infidelity, and in a bid to rekindle the flame, the couple decide to go out for dinner to spend some quality time together. But when Sean refuses to tell Libby who he is texting for the duration of the meal, they end up in an argument and cut the dinner short. But when the pair arrive home, they quickly realise something is very wrong - their babysitter, Sasha, is nowhere to be seen, and Alice, their four year old daughter is alone in the house...

There were elements I really liked about this one, and the premise is terrifying - finding you child home alone, being arrested for a crime you didn't commit, etc. But ultimately I couldn't get past my hatred of the characters. I don't mind a flawed character, but I found it hard to like anything about either Sean or Libby - they weren't a believable couple to me at all, and didn't seem to even like each other most of the time. 

The pace was good, the twists were well paced and I liked the ending, though I did see it coming a mile off.  
A solid three stars from me on this one -I did enjoy reading it but found it frustrating and the characters underdeveloped.  

Thank you to NetGalley who provided me with a free ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Ticked all the mystery/thriller boxes.

Going in you have a nice couple, Libby and Sean go on a date night which is goes pretty bad because SECRETS! They come back and the babysitter is missing. The story begins to unravel at this point. Libby gets in trouble--arrested-- for murder. I really enjoyed the twists which I didn't see coming. I think what makes this book really fun is the way we as readers come into the story, we were shown the past and the aftermath of what happened. While learning the events of what actually happened as we go between both. I think this form of story structure made the biggest impact on the revelation at the end probably why I didn't see it coming too. Enjoyable read truly recommend, it had me hooked.
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Having read some of Sam Hayes other books, I knew this was going to be a great book. I loved the plot and I wasn't disappointed.
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I was drawn to this book by the synopsis which made it sound exciting and intriguing.
Over all I enjoyed it BUT I did find it quite hard to follow and found myself getting irritated by Libby's weakness instead of feeling sympathy for her. The storyline didn't have any major twists or turns and I felt the ending was weak. Sorry but not as good as I had hoped.
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Libby and Sean Randell were happily married, and now are experiencing some turmoil in their marriage. Both of them have demanding careers: Libby has a gourmet catering business and Sean is the local vet, who is also mostly on-call. They have a lovely four-year old daughter, Alice.

One morning, as Libby is rushing off to work, she spots a note on her car windshield. The words written on that paper will forever change her and their family dynamics: Sean is having an affair.
Libby’s world seems to come crashing down. Is it a joke? Or perhaps it’s a mistake?
Unsure of what to do, she eventually confronts Sean, who vehemently denies it. Things don’t remain the same between them anymore and in an attempt to salvage the situation, they decide on a “date night”. Leaving Alice to their regular babysitter, Sasha, Libby and Sean head off in an attempt to salvage their relationship.

However, things start going awry and very soon they begin to argue (over Sean’s alleged affair) and decide to return home. Once they are back, they realise that something is definitely not right. Alice is sound asleep upstairs but, there's no sign of Sasha. 
Libby frantically drives through the neighborhood looking for her. But to no avail. Reluctantly, they call the police and inform her parents.

The book opens with Libby being arrested for Sasha's murder – however, she vehemently denies any knowledge of the same. But is she revealing all that she knows?

Told between the then and the now, and from multiple view-points, this was a fast-paced and brilliant read.
Multiple layers are revealed, and the story unfolds in a breath-taking manner.
However, the plot could have been a little bit more crisp.
The twist in the end, though, is mind-boggling and I didn’t see it coming.
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This book was gripping from the start with so many twists and secrets ,  but the killer twist at the end.................... WOW !!!! I  just loved it. Highly recommended . This is another author to go on my favourites list
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