The Fake Date

I’m so pleased to be part of the blog tour for this gripping thriller. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the blog tour.


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 an opening to this book! Ella is left for dead on the Yorkshire moors, but she is alive, just about..

As Ella goes through a long recovery process, she is determined to find out who did this to her.

The tension is high in this book, waiting to find out who has done this to Ella. There are little snippets told from the attackers point of view, which really draw you in further to the plot, and increase the tension even further. Having said that, it’s a pleasure to read, with some very lovely moments in it.

The characters are so well drawn. I really liked Ella, and her friend Sarah. Her parents are not featured in the book often, but you could tell how much they loved Ella, and how much they wanted to protect her. When Will, Ella’s next door neighbour first appeared on the scene, I liked him, but at this stage I had almost everyone as a suspect in my mind! When I got to know him better, I really became fond of him, however.

I had lots of suspects at the start of the book, but narrowed it down later on. The fact that I had figured out who the killer was didn’t spoil the book, on the contrary, it made me even more gripped by the story. I wished I could warn the characters who were in danger!

Superb plot and characters, just the perfect balance between tension and romance, and excellent pace, this was a book that kept me reading well into the night. It’s one not to miss. Highly recommended.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

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