Date Night – Samantha Hayes / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @samhayes


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?



My review

Wow, what a story! Let me explain a bit more.

First of all, the prologue had the bile rising in my throat. I thought : is she really doing this!? It kept turning in my head because I could not connect it to the rest of the book, but I was relieved when it was explained (much) later. The author did a good job in putting an image in my head, made me put two and two together and come up with 5. 😉

The author guides us through the book by giving us snippets of information from before and after the arrest revealing the story little by little. Every time I thought I had figured something out, she made me realize I was on the wrong path once again. I love it!

What seemed like an innocent date night turned into a nightmare. Who can you trust? It looks like a lot of people have something to hide …

It took me a very long time to figure out what the final disclosure was going to be. I never saw it coming until a few pages before the author puts us out of our misery, the penny dropped. Genius!

A great book containing a story that seems rather straightforward but sooo is not. 5 stars.

Thank you, Samantha Hayes and Bookouture (via Netgalley)


About the author

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?’


Social media Links

To find out more, visit her website
Or connect with Samantha on Facebook
And she’s on Twitter @samhayes



Purchase Links


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