The Fake Date – Lynda Stacey

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 Ella has to do first is survive …



My review

Damage inflicted can lead to substantial consequences …

The book takes us on a journey people, trying to deal with their past, need to take. If you take a wrong turn on this winding road though, there are side streets that might take you in the worst possible direction … If you choose well, a happy future awaits.

I would not really label it as a thriller though. In my opinion it’s more like a romantic novel with a big dose of suspense, but that did not reduce the reading pleasure at all.

I just loved the book. I adored the cover and the story itself was great and fluently written.

My heart went out to the culprit. Not because I approve of what they did, of course, but because of the how it all started. No one should have to suffer this.  5 stars.

Thank you, Lynda Stacey and Ruby Fiction.


About the author

Lynda, is a wife, step-mother and grandmother, she grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire.

She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 25 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage. Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.

Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction, her Choc Lit debut House of Secrets won the Choc Lit’s  Search for a Star competition.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.