“‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’
Be careful what you wish for…
Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.
But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.
And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.
As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…
From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.”
Yay! The day has finally arrived when I can talk to you about Louise Jensen’s latest release, The Surrogate. A very warm and squishy welcome to my stop on The Surrogate blog blitz which I share with two book blogging beauties, Emma at Emma the Little Book Worm and Meggy over at Chocolate’n’Waffles.
The Surrogate is Louise Jensen’s third novel and is published by Bookouture today. A very happy book birthday to all, I just know this one is going to fly! I am a huge fan of Jensen’s work; you can read my review of her debut, The Sister by clicking HERE and her second novel, The Gift by clicking HERE. And I absolutely flipping ADORED The Surrogate!
Dare I say this is Jensen’s best book to date? Y’know what, I think I dare! The Surrogate has become my very favourite of Louise Jensen’s books knocking the incredible The Sister from the top spot. If this one doesn’t end up on my list of top ten books of the year then there is something seriously wrong with me.
Kat is desperate for a baby. Unable to have her own child she turns to adoption to fill the baby-sized hole in her heart. But when it all falls through she is devastated. After all, she has decorated the nursery for Dewei and is a familiar (rather too well-known) face in Mothercare. The second attempt to adopt Mai also falls through leaving Kat at her wit’s end. And then Lisa miraculously appears in her life. Unsure of her intentions to start with, Kat is wary of her ex-best friend. The women have a murky past which Kat fears has not been forgotten. Before long, Lisa is entertaining Kat with tales of how she acted as a surrogate for a friend, how she gave birth to baby Gabrielle and then willingly handed her over. How she feels more of an aunt towards the baby than the infant’s birth mother. Kat can see a way out of her predicament, a way in which she can finally have the baby she so craves. All she has to do is convince husband Nick and make sure she keeps Lisa happy and relaxed, totally stress-free. But exactly how far is Kat prepared to go for that little bundle of joy…
There are so many surprises in The Surrogate that I became dizzy with joy while reading. You think you know what’s going on, where the story will lead you but in reality, you know nothing! Jensen has created a wonderfully intricate web of lies and half-truths with bucketfuls of creeping paranoia. I loved it! (I may have said that already…)
The thread of malice woven through many of the character’s relationships was sublime. The reader is frequently given glimpses into Kat’s teenage years at school and her interaction with the younger Lisa. We also get to see how Nick, Kat’s husband was raised by his parents and how, due to injury and the inability to work, Nick’s father begins to mistreat his son. Both episodes are unsettling and add so much emotion to the story. I found myself becoming more and more invested in Kat and Nick, knowing something awful was heading their way but not knowing exactly what.
And WOAH, that ending. Hugely satisfying, totally unexpected and I can guarantee it will stay me for some time to come. I had my own ideas of how I wanted the story to end but what Jensen has given the reader blows everything else out of the water. Absolutely superb!
Would I recommend this book? Without a shadow of a doubt, I would. If you are a fan of the psychological thriller then you MUST get yourself a copy of The Surrogate. Louise Jensen just keeps getting better and better and I am so excited about what she has in store for us in the future. You’ve set the bar even higher now, Louise. No pressure! A superb, twisty read that I wish I could give more than five stars to.
Five out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of The Surrogate. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
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 dog and a rather naughty cat, and also teaches mindfulness.