FIRST DATE by: Sue Watson ~ A psychological thriller book review

She’s been waiting her whole life to meet a man like Alex. But he’s been waiting too. And once he has her, he’ll never let her go…

Hannah has done everything to make sure her life is safe and secure. A long way from her unstable childhood growing up in foster care, she’s content with her sweet, little, messy apartment and her satisfying job as a social worker. She quietly worries that, aged 36, she might never fall in love. But otherwise her life is where she wants it to be.

Until, encouraged by her best friend to join a dating app, she meets Alex. He’s irresistibly handsome. He loves the same music as her. The same food as well. They both dream of travelling the world but agree they’d be equally happy escaping to a cottage by the beach in Devon. Both of them would love to own a Labrador one day. It’s like he’s made for her. It’s like he’s too good to be true.

Hannah’s friends aren’t so sure about him. But Hannah thinks he’s perfect.

Which is good. Because Alex knows she’s perfect for him too. In fact, she’s exactly the girl he’s been looking for…

And nothing Hannah’s done to make her life safe will ever be enough.

Oh. My. Gosh.

This, this book right here, is the thriller I’ve been looking for.

Seriously, I’ve been on a streak of bad luck when it comes to psychological thrillers. My favorite thing is the head canon, WTF moment. For a girl who normally loves her HEA with all the squishy, gooshy love and puppies and happiness, having my mind completely blown is basically the only reason I pick up anything besides a romance. And the books I’ve read lately that were labeled as psychological thriller just did not cut it.

And then I picked up First Date.

Ho. Lee. Cow. Folks.

I feel like calling “plot twist” is an understatement. Literally the author created this reality which she then COMPLETELY flipped on its head and I was here for every single second of it.

First Date is about Hannah who is one of the most relatable characters ever… even if she will frustrate you to the point you want to throw your ereader across the room because HELLO WARNING SIGNS BEING IGNORED!!! But, again, relatable because she wants to be loved and to love and she wants her Prince Charming and 2.5 kids and that damn dog (read the book, you’ll get it). However this makes her a little stupid. And, let’s be honest, who among us hasn’t been stupid because of a partner? Love makes brain cells stop functioning at times.

In addition to being an absolutely stellar psychological thriller, First Date also manages to really highlight how insidious a controlling relationship can be. So bonus points for being a subtle commentary on social issues that most definitely need to be highlighted. I always love when fiction takes real life issues that sometimes don’t get discussed to the depths they should and brings them to the forefront.

There are VERY few things I am willing to share about this story other than clear your schedule because you will not be wanting to set this down at any point anytime soon. This is way too good of a read for me to ruin even a tiny aspect by disclosing details because even things that you think are mundane? Yeah, no, they are important. It’s an absolutely stellar read I can’t recommend enough for lovers of mind bending psychological thrillers.

Where to find First Date

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Goodreads

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