Date Night

Date Night by Samantha Hayes Book Summary

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?

Twisted and absolutely unputdownable, Date Night exposes what goes on behind the closed doors of a happy home and the dangerous truths we ignore to protect the ones we love. Perfect reading for anyone totally gripped by The Wife Between Us, Friend Request or Gone Girl.

Readers adore Date Night!
‘Wow!I stayed up all night to finish this book. I’m all sorts of wound upphenomenal!… easily one of my favourite books of the year. My jaw is hanging on the floor... I could not put down this book… I’m blown awayI’m going to need a couple days to fully process it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Wow, wow, wow! An ending I did NOT see coming... PHENOMENAL… a fast moving read with an unforgettable ending. FANTASTIC!! Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars 
Wow, this book immediately drew me in and kept me concocting reasons to ignore chores so that I could race back to it… it had me glued to it. I’d even find myself waking up and reading a chapter in the night... Absolutely a winner for me! Pick a Good Book, 5 stars
Wow, what a jaw-dropping, can’t-put-down, wonderful book this was… such an amazing book with a shocking ending a rollercoaster of emotions. I just couldn’t put down this book I wanted more and more. I just devoured this I absolutely loved this book.’ Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars
‘This addictive mystery kept me guessing from the first page until the lasta fantastic, tense thriller full of twists and turns, with a jaw-dropping finale that left me reeling.’ Emma’s Bibliotreasures, 5 stars
Omg, I honestly didn't see that ending coming, that was one hell of a totally unexpected, jaw-dropping twist. I was so shocked… shocking, chilling and heart-breaking Exceedingly well written, packed full of unexpected twists and turns, gripping and enthralling… Very, very highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Believe me when I say that this really WASN’T A TWIST THAT I SAW COMING!... I didn’t have a clue until it slapped me in the face!... This book is AWESOME and I was addicted from the very first page! My Chestnut Reading Tree, 5 stars
‘One of the BEST thrillers I have read in YEARS! Exceptional and addicting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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- Date Night5 star

Fantastic- twists and turns everywhere! The ending hit me like a brick...did not see it coming at all! Samantha Hayes books never disappoint. Nevreader

- Eh2 star

Didn’t really get interesting till the last 75 pages. Some good twists but nothing jaw dropping. I don’t understand all the rave reviews, there are better thrillers out there.

- Boring2 star

Couldn’t keep my interest past the 5th chapter had to skim the chapters to finish

- Disappointing1 star

Slow read... disappointing. Confusing. Overall would not recommend.

- Eh3 star

Was expecting more from this. Kept me gripped until the end and then it took a disappointing turn

- Terrible1 star

Predictable, slow, monotonous. Its annoying how even when switching from past and present tense, the author also switches from first person to third person. At first, this is confusing when trying to get the characters straight, but then it becomes repetitive in how the story unfolds. The first two hundred pages could have been told in twenty. It’s so bad, I stopped reading the book and I can’t remember the last time I did that. I kept hoping things would pick up, then realized I was wasting my time and now I don’t even care what happens to the characters. Don’t waste your money, it was on sale for a reason.

- Suspenseful4 star

This book was well written and her writing is easy to understand. It kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through to the surprise ending, which I never saw coming. Read this...You won’t be sorry or disappointed!

- Great read!4 star

This book is a great read. I didn’t give it five stars because it’s not one of my all time favorites. BUT I did stay up late and get up early to see what happened next. There are lots of twists and turns and interesting details that keep popping up in the story. I recommend this book.

- WOW!! What a ride!5 star

Date Night by Samantha Hayes Pub Date: 20 Aug 2019 Review by Dot O, Reviewer Last updated on 26 Aug 2019 My Recommendation #Date Night #NetGalley Thanks to the author, Samantha Hayes; to NetGalley, and to Bookouture for my advanced copy of Date Night. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ WOW, what a rollercoaster ride!! I really “felt” the thrills and excitement of Ms Hayes’s latest book, Date Night, as the plot developed and thickened. The story was original and fast paced, with each new page turning up another twist or devious turn! The characters were well defined and were relatable. Emotions, some good, and others not, are evoked as the reader understands the true nature of each person in the story. My feelings for most characters evolved as the story progressed, as motives, secrets, and deceptions were revealed. I will admit, I was very snookered by this novel. Many red herrings and surprises galore. Date Nights are usually considered to be fun filled events, greatly anticipated, where happy memories are created. But the date night shared by the main character, Libby and her husband, Sean? NOT!! It was not only disastrous, but as a result lives were destroyed, there was a murder by the end of the night, and deeply hidden secrets were eventually revealed at a great cost to all. The end of the book was so shocking and unexpected that it hit me like a ton of bricks! Literally, I had to go back and reread the Epilogue to be sure I could believe my eyes. I definitely recommend this book to those who love a great twisty mystery, and love to be surprised! In my opinion, one of the best in this genre.

- Amazing Ending!!!5 star

Wow! I absolutely did not see that twist at the end. Libby finds a note on her car stating that her husband Sean is cheating on her. He insists that it is not true and wants to take her on a date night to make up for it and show her that he loves her. Sean’s mother Marion usually babysits but she had a church event and so they had Sasha, a seventeen year old who helps Libby out with her dinner business, babysit their daughter Alice. But Libby is consumed by the note and Sean’s suspicious behavior, such as not answering calls and deleting his texts and call log when Libby asks to see his phone. This animosity ruins the dinner and causes them to head home in a taxi, not speaking to each other. The night only gets worse when they return from dinner to find their babysitter, Sasha missing. Tensions rise as Libby, Sean and Alice are forced out of their home as the police bring in a forensics team to search for clues of Sasha’s disappearance. They go and stay at Sean’s parents and try to get on with their lives but Libby can’t accept that Sean isn’t cheating on her and she is suspicious of everyone. Could it be Sean’s ex wife Natalie who still hasn’t accepted their divorce many years later, Libby’s best friend Fran, or could it be the missing teen Sasha, or someone else? Thank you Netgalley for the ARC!

- Intriguing read!!4 star

Date Night by Samantha Hayes A note left on Libby’s windshield drives this story, which will be difficult to review without spoilers. Let’s just say that this note about her husband Sean is the catalyst for suspicion, police questioning, searches for a missing person and secrets not revealed until the very end. All the drama begins when an intended date night dinner to discuss said note ends badly for all, particularly Sasha, Libby’s babysitter for daughter Alice.The author gives you parts of the story, filling in with new information in later chapters. I very much liked this writing technique, as things you believed had happened turned out to be much more complicated. The characters are good, the writing is good and the story is good, but I’m not sure there was enough tension to call the story a psychological thriller. It was good enough, however, to get 4 stars from this reviewer.

- Couldn’t Put Down...4 star

STUNNED !! It is not often that a book takes a turn that I absolutely did not expect - and I LOVE IT!! It all starts when Libby finds a note on her car telling her that her husband is having an affair... the story unfolds and the plot thickens new clues emerge and the reader is left with deciphering each clue and how it relates to the story. What is true? Who is telling the truth? Pick up this book if you are looking for a rollercoaster ride that will leave you hanging on until the very end! 4.5/5

- Page turner4 star

This was certainly a page turner! A very fast read which at times was a bit confusing just because of how it was told. I certainly wasn’t expecting that ending! Thanks to Netgalley for the early copy

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- WOW5 star

Thought I knew what the ending was going to be, but never expected this. Fantastic read.

- Wow what an ending!5 star

After reading the blurb I knew that this was going to be a cracker of a read and I was right! Date Night starts off with a thrilling prologue, a chilling story in between and an epilogue that will knock your socks off! It was so good and completely unexpected, that I am still gobsmacked over it! If you love a psychological thriller that is full of secrets, mystery, suspense, mayhem and twists throughout, then this is the book for you. Samantha has crafted a chilling plot that would be any parents worse nightmare. Coming home from a night out that didn’t go as planned, to find that the babysitter is missing and your daughter has been left alone in the house. Yeah that’s not great. As if things couldn’t get any worse, main character Libby, not only has to deal with the fact that her husband Sean is possibly cheating on her, but she is also charged with the murder of Sasha the babysitter when she fails to turn up presumed dead! And I thought I had problems…Libby definitely takes the prize here! The characters in this story are very well written and developed. I found them also to be very believable and Samantha does a great job at bringing them to life on the page. For me though, they were not all likeable, but they don’t all have to be. Libby at times could be frustrating but given what she was going through, it is understandable as she struggles with who she can trust. Sean was a complete mystery to me and I liked how I was kept guessing as to whether or not he was the good guy or the bad guy. Samantha’s writing style is just flawless. Everything just flows with this story and the short snappy chapters makes for an easy and enjoyable read. The story is told from Libby’s perspective as it moves from the present to the not so distant past giving the reader insight into the events in the lead up to their “Date Night”, and what follows in the aftermath. This book was very hard to put down and I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it, when life rudely got in the way and interrupted me! I throughly enjoyed this book and I recommend you reading it. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Samantha Hayes for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Date Night which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

- Don't bother1 star

Poorly written. Characters have no depth and make them not worth investing in. The "twist" at the end is poor and badly executed.

- Date Night by Samantha Hayes5 star

This is a great Psychological thriller. It has more twists than a rollercoaster. Libby and Sean have what she believes to be the perfect marriage, they have Alice their 4 year old daughter and Dan from Sean’s first marriage to Natalie. The opening scenes are that of Libby being taken away in a police car accused of murder. Libby has found a note on her car telling her Sean had been cheating on her. Despite her best friend Fran telling her not to confront Sean, Libby still does so. Of course he denies it, they go out in a date night to try and bring normality back and Sasha babysits for them. When they get home Sasha is nowhere to be found, all her school books and mobile phone are still on the table. What has happened to Sasha? Why does Alice say Natalie is evil? Why does Sean change his story to the police? What secrets does Seans mum have about him from when he was fifteen? Why does Sean’s dad hardly speak to him? I stayed up until 3.30!am to finish reading this and the end just totally got me I never saw it coming. A brilliant book buy it now

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Yum 9pm coffee. Deeelish! 😍 the best part is I will probably still sleep all night bc I'm so tired 😂. Disney puzzle and movie date night 💜

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