“The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder?
Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …
Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.
Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.
A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.”
I am absolutely thrilled to be kicking off The Gift blog tour today alongside Emma the Little Book Worm. I am such a huge fan of Louise Jensen’s writing after reading her debut novel, The Sister earlier this year. If you missed that review or would just like a quick recap, please click here. To say I loved The Sister is a bit of an understatement really! Which meant I was over the moon to be asked to join Louise’s tour for her second psychological thriller, The Gift published by the wonderful folk at Bookouture today! A very happy book birthday Louise and Bookouture.
Jenna is critically ill and needs heart replacement surgery. The worst possible news at a time when donor organs are scarce. Luckily for Jenna a heart becomes available and the transplant goes well. But Jenna can’t stop thinking about whose heart now beats inside her chest. She is desperate to meet with the family and they don’t hesitate to arrange a meeting after she gets in touch. Against the advice of her therapist, Jenna goes to meet Tom and Amanda. It’s an uncomfortable start but Jenna feels she owes this couple and refuses to walk away. Then the dreams start, along with other strange feelings and what appear to be memories…things Jenna herself never experienced. Jenna knows that something isn’t right. The way she is told Callie, her donor, died doesn’t tally with what she’s seeing in frightening visions. Jenna decides that Tom and Amanda need closure to stop the hurt they’re suffering, and Jenna is the right person to deliver that closure. So she starts to investigate; attempting to tie the feelings, the dreams and what little evidence she has together. But the deeper she digs, the more secrets she uncovers. What really happened to Callie? And how far is Jenna willing to go to find out…?
First off, I want to say that I find it very hard to believe in some of the theories affecting Jenna in this book. I seem to have a scientific head on my shoulders and try as I might, sometimes (most times!) I can’t submerge myself in unproven theories. But I want to put that side of things away for now and comment on other aspects of this novel. I absolutely ADORE Louise Jensen’s writing. Jensen has a way of pulling you in, the way her words flow is sublime and that is exactly what she has achieved once again. She is such a gifted storyteller and one of my very favourite writers. Full stop. I had highly anticipated the release of this book after falling head over heels in love with The Sister and I wasn’t the slightest bit disappointed, despite the scientific noggin!
I absolutely adored Jenna, the lead protagonist. That drive and determination for her cause gave me goosebumps at times. I love a strong, spirited female lead in my books and Jenna fits the bill nicely. Strangely, that same determination did also annoy me a little. Particularly when she was pushing away ex-boyfriend, Sam and best mate, Rachel in her bid to give Callie’s parents closure.
As I have come to expect from Louise Jensen’s writing, you never really have a hold on exactly who the bad guy/gal is or his/her reasons for being the bad guy/gal until the reveal. The Gift is full to the brim of twists and turns. There was an audible gasp from me at one point; I was so shocked by what I was reading! Brilliantly crafted twists which send your brain into overdrive as you try and guess what will happen next. But I bet you can’t..
Would I recommend this book? I most definitely would (and grab yourself a copy of The Sister whilst you’re at it!). Sleek, assured writing that pulls the reader into the story from the opening pages until the shocking conclusion. Superb!
Four and a half stars out of five.
I chose to read and review an ARC of The Gift.
Louise Jensen always wanted to be Enid Blyton when she grew up, and when that didn’t happen she got a ‘proper’ job instead.
Several years ago an accident left Louise with a disability and she began writing once again, to distract her from her pain and compromised mobility. But writing turned out to be more than just a good distraction. Louise loves creating exciting worlds, dark characters, and twisted plots.
Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, sons, a madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat, and also teaches mindfulness.