What the ‘Blurb’ says:
‘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…’
This book was another buddy read and, for the most part, I think it was an enjoyable read. However, there were things which, in my opinion, kept it as only an ‘ok’ book.
But first, the positives. I think that the story was set up very well and I enjoyed the suspense created. The main character, for the most part, is realistic and likeable.
The book was at first, set up to be an interesting crime story and the pace was very good.
What spoiled this story, a little, was the introduction of a thread of romance running through it. Whilst I liked both characters involved, I felt like their interactions, particularly at the beginning, were ‘over the top’ and unrealistic. I couldn’t imagine these characters being in the situations they found themselves in or, them behaving in the ways they did. I imagine that these scenes were put in for some comic relief, however, I didn’t find them amusing, just a little juvenile.
I guessed the culprit of the crime, but I was quite far into the book, before I did. So for this reason, I think it would be a good beach book, because it keeps your attention throughout the story. It isn’t as hard hitting as the ‘blurb’ would suggest though, it could have been a much more powerful novel in my opinion.
‘The Fake Date’ isn’t the best crime novel I have ever read, but I would definitely recommend this, if you like reading some fun, light crime.
My Rating: ***