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The Fake Date

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  46 reviews
A psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat
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.
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Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Ruby Fiction
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Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey is a 2018 Ruby Fiction publication.

Reporter Ella Hope decides to work undercover, trying to catch a wily woman killer. She has agreed to go out on a date with her prime suspect, but before the night is over, she is beaten within an inch of life. Eight months later, still with no clear memory of what happened that night, she is finally able to return home, where she meets her new neighbor, Will. As it happens, Will, is also a reporter, but after Ella’s ordeal, she no
Dash fan
5☆ Gripping, Compulsive, Page Turner!

Wow right from the first few pages I had a strong feeling The Fake Date was going to be gripping and suspenseful and I was bang on!

We first meet our main character Ella, violently beaten and left for dead on the deserted Moors.
Or is that what the killer believes?

The start was simply Fantastic!
The reader is thrown straight into this nightmare scene, willing for Ella to survive and be found. You can literally feel Ella's pain, her desperation and need to survi
Whispering Stories
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Twenty-Eight-Year-Old Journalist, Ella Hope has been attacked and left for dead on the North Yorkshire Moors. Unable to move or even make a sound, Ella has realised that this could be the end for her. She had been lying in the cold, muddy field for hours and no-one has passed her by. Eventually, a man walking his dog comes across her body. Luckily Ella is just clinging on to life.

Seven months later and Ella is starting to get her life back in o
Kirsty 📚📖❤️
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: choc-lit, ruby
Before I get into the review I want to take a minute to compliment the art work on the cover of the book. Before I saw the blog tour request I'd already downloaded this book to read purely on the basis of the cover. It's really simple; a shoe and broken wine glass but it really stood out for me so thank you to xxxx for the design.

Now the book. I loved it. It's another great page turning romantic suspense story from the Choc Lit offshoot Ruby Fiction. Journalist Ella is brutally attacked and left
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve not read anything by this author before but wow this is an awesome read.

Ella is attacked real bad and left to die. The story starts off with a graphic portrayal of her pain and fear of being left to die. The first chapter starts the pace brilliantly and I can honestly say the author did a great job of keeping a steady pace.

This was a brilliant read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in a day. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story opens with journalist Ella Hope, beaten, clinging on to life after a brutal attack. She can’t remember how she got there or why but is convinced it’s Rick Greaves who attacked her. She been investigating him after the supposed accidental deaths of his two wives. She’s so convinced he’s guilty but when it comes to trial everything falls apart, it forces her further into her shell.
Another ‘accident’ befalls a romantic conquest of Rick’s but it brings up a lot of questions for Ella.

If Ri
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lynda Stacey gets darker with each novel, and this is the darkest and twistiest (my word, sorry!) yet. The first chapter broke me and I kept trying to suss out the baddies, and failed miserably! Gripping stuff, and a fabulous book from an author who I feel still has a lot of shocks and surprises stored up for us readers!
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By Fany van hemelen

The Fake date has an appealing cover and the excerpt sounds intriguing. I think a psychological thriller is not the right description. For me, it’s a romantic story with suspense and a book with well-described characters. Ella Hope has survived a few months ago a terrible attack. As a journalist, she was trying to found the truth and made an appointment with Rick Greaves. But from that moment her life became hell. Si
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 jus
Grass monster
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Blurb :
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
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
While the cover to The Fake Date is stunning it didn’t really draw me into the kind of book it turned out to be. Just looking at the picture I expected another romance so was pleasantly surprised to find while there is a romantic undertone this is definitely a suspense thriller.

Imagine lying in a cold, wet, muddy area at night, unable to move due to pain and only having your watch for company cruelly telling you precisely how many hours, minutes, seconds you have been stuck there, with barely an
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ella Hope has been brutally attacked and left for dead on the Yorkshire Moors. Unable to move, she finds herself trying to piece together the events of the night before and desperately hoping that she can stay alive long enough for someone to find her. She remembers being with gym owner Rick Greaves but everything else is a little hazy.

Ella spends several months recuperating at her parent's house and moves back to her own house to try and rebuild her life but learning to trust anyone other than
Joanna Lambert
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Lynda Stacey’s first venture into psychological thriller land. It begins in quite a dramatic way with reporter Ella Hope lying injured out on the moors. She has only a vague idea of what has happened but she does know someone attacked her and she has been badly hurt.

A great start to a story, pulling the reader straight in. What’s different about this psychological thriller is that it is interwoven with a romance between Ella and her new next door neighbour Will, also a reporter. Ella ha
Debi Lantzer
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won't lie - the title of this book had me - I mean a single shoe, a spilled drink - the small print - "That left her fighting for her life...." - it's got you going, doesn't it? This book was available to read and review on NetGalley. I requested it and was denied. I emailed, set forth a plea for my desire to read the book, and was finally approved through the Choc Lit Team and Ruby Fiction.  Now that I've read The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey, I'm so glad I did send that follow up request becaus ...more
miss j a robinson
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Lynda Stacey, Choc Lit and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.
I couldn't sleep and picked up this book expecting to drop off again, however I was wrong, I really loved this book and read it in one sitting staying awake the rest of the night in the process. The story opens with a woman, Ella Hope, lying seriously injured on the North Yorkshire Moors. Ella is a reporter and had been following the case of gym owner Rick Gre
Inn Auni
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
When you mixed two genre together, in this case romance and mystery, it's either you win both side or lose one. I'm more of a mystery/thriller kind of person and when I skipped most the romance part, I was left with none.

We got the villain point of view but Stacey did not explore it much so that readers wouldn't be able to guess who done it. In doing so, I felt detached. It's like watching a news about some serial killer across the ocean in a country I've never been to.

And then we got Ella, the
Donna Maguire

I loved the cover for this book and having read the book now I can say that it is absolutely perfect for the book.

The pace for this one is spot on, it is steady and it has just enough detail to keep you hooked without over complicating things. It certainly makes for an excellent page turner and the writing style is perfect for this genre.

I really enjoyed this story, it isn't too long at just over 300 pages and was one of those books for me that as soon as
Debbie Southwell
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a brilliant psychological read that I genuinely couldn’t put down and read in 2 days.
Ella is a reporter and after going on a date with a man whose 2 wives died in suspicious accidents Ella ends up being left for dead.
This book follows Ella on her recovery, the impact that the attack has left on her and about getting to the truth about who has attacked her. Along the way however she has a new neighbour Will and their relationships slowly develops, but because Rick Greaves, the man who sh
Paula Stammers
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
Ella Hope, a journalist, is brutally attacked after a date but she can’t remember anything about it. She is left for dead in a ditch but by some miracle she survives. After a long recovery she finally gets to move home but can she put the past behind her ?

After her ordeal Ella can’t face returning to her job, due to the hounding she received by journalists, as a result of her ordeal. She has a new neighbour, Will, he is also struggling to deal with events in his past but they start to become fri
Vicki Bowles
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story opens with Ella, badly beaten and left for dead. This opening is brilliant - already we are rooting for her to survive and we don't even know her. The detail of her waking and finding herself in such a state is terrifying.

The Fake Date is told in third person, but interlaced with the sinister voice of the perpetrator. This tense, psychological thriller, is tempered by the thread of romance, with Ella's new neighbour.

But it's difficult to know who to trust in this cleverly written book.
Kath Middleton
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a well-structured psychological thriller leading us to suspect just about everyone Ella knows. I enjoyed the unfolding of the story. I guessed before the end but still found it good to see the way it panned out. It was a little too romantic for my taste but that’s just personal. Be aware that the story finishes at 88%.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read some of Lynda's previous romantic suspense books but this is her first thriller and it absolutely blew my socks off. Gripping and 'unputdownable' are used far too often yet in this case both are true as I found myself reading late into the night and then waking up early to find out what happened next. I found myself empathising with Ella to the extent that everyone she was introduced to became the potential murderer. There is a twist, not the one that I was expecting, but it is neatly ...more
Mary Baker
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do like a good thriller, and this definitely falls into that category. From the first chapter, where heroine Ella fights for her life after a vicious beating, to the very end, where – well, I’ll resist the urge to post spoilers. Suffice to say there’s plenty of drama, and you’ll be holding your breath to find out who lives, who dies... and whodunnit.

I’d class this as romantic suspense, with a very sweet love story at its heart. Ella and Will are neighbours and reporters for rival newspapers, t
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story starts with Ella Hope, a journalist, getting left for dead after being beaten. But somehow she manages to survive and after some time she triest o get her life back on the rails. That starts with moving into a house of her own. But you can clearly notice she still struggles with things we all take for granted. Such as a new neighbour wanting to help you out but Ella starts panicking and screaming because she thinks he wants to kill her. She wants to ind out who did leave her for dead a ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I never usually pay that much attention to strap lines – those “jaw-dropping twists” all too frequently disappoint. But when the publishers called this one (in its Amazon listing) “a gripping thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat”, they got it absolutely right. The opening of this book is stunning, as Ella clings on to life, running through her memories, lying in the undergrowth after a horrific attack, her watch counting down the minutes and seconds. It’s also extremely clever, s ...more
Misfits farm
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ella finds herself unable to move laying in a field. Her is badly injured and only remembers a little of what happened. A blue car, a hoodie, very little more other than the man she went on a date with. She is a reporter and she wanted to get a story so she set up the date hoping to find more about the man whose two wives both died shortly after they were married. On recovering she tries to pick up her life again but finds it difficult and is not surprisingly wary of everything and everyone. Ric ...more
Fraser's Fun House
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ella is a journalist and whilst following her instincts about a story with the potential to be huge, she accepts a date with the prime suspect. The problem is later that evening she finds herself critically injured in a ditch after a brutal attack, left for dead with only snippets of memory from her evening with gym owner Rick Greaves. With both his wives found dead in suspicious circumstances and evidence linking him to the attack Rick is remanded in custody for Ella’s attack. Broken and batter ...more
Laura Doherty
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review:

The first chapter in The Fake Date left me speechless, it was so sickeningly violent without being so. It reminded me a little of an episode of Criminal Minds where we see some but not all of what happens to a victim so allowing your brain to fill in the details.

First meeting Ella as she lays bloody and beaten sets a powerful tone for the book and gives us a tenacious and courageous protagonist who you want to not only see survive but thrive.
Heartshaped Bluestocking
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In all honesty I would have never put these words together to make up a new genre – Romantic Psychological Thriller. Sounds utterly implausible and complete nonsense, and yet this is what Lynda Stacey gives us with Fake Date, and its brilliant.

Within a few pages of opening, the reader is reeling with shock, and you are straining to send life to Ella through the pages. It is one of the most powerful and dramatic opening chapters I have ever read, and combined with the killer’s dark and threatenin
Emma Rowson
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story begins with Ella Hope, alone and exposed following a brutal attack by an unknown assailant. Her memories of the night before are hazy at best, but she is sure that her attacker is the man with whom she had been on a date with the previous evening. A man who has already been linked to the mysterious deaths of two other women. As she wills herself to survive, she promises that if she does, she will uncover the truth.
A thriller/romance hybrid, The Fake Date is full of mystery, suspense an
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