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.
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.
I was given an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Bookouture - Louise Jenson's publishers. This is something I am more than happy to do.
OMG - just wow. I had read Louise Jenson's previous books The Gift and The Sister and I was expecting wonderful things from her third novel The Surrogate. It met, exceeded and went way beyond my expectations - it is blimmin brilliant.
From almost the first page I was on edge and peeping around the next page. The pages literally crackle with nervous tension that is only heightened at several points in the story. The story flicks back and forth from the present day to a time when both Kat and Nick were growing up. It's very obvious that neither had an easy upbringing or time at school or early steps into adulthood both have history and clearly some excess baggage.
A chance meeting with childhood friend Lisa sees Kat losing her head. Her and Nick are having problems conceiving and the next thing we know Lisa is offering to be a Surrogate. Alarm bells started ringing loudly for me - Kat thoughts were like a ball bouncing from hand to hand - on the one hand she was beyond excited, an answer to their prayers and a chance to make amends for some past mistake, an opportunity to re-kindle a friendship that had broken down - a friendship that had left a gaping hole in her life. On the other hand there is a manic like panic and worry, Kat isn't ready to face her past nor confront her fears and doubts.
I devoured this book chapter by chapter, reading quicker and quicker in my quest to calm my beating heart and to try and mentally steer Kat - both she and Lisa made me feel edgy and anxious. So many times I had an idea of where this story was going only to sit mentally berating myself - I so didn't see that ending coming. A story that was bittersweet, love and hate, friendships, jealousies and lies all conspire in the most unimaginable ways that is both shocking and sad - an outstanding read that I feel I need to read again straight away - to decipher the words and look for the clues that I'm sure must have been there all along.
I can't recommend this book highly enough - utterly and totally compelling and addictive.