#BlogBlitz #Review ~ The Surrogate by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @Bookouture


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.

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About the Author


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.


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My Review

As soon as The Surrogate was announced I was desperate to get a copy, if you have read Louise Jensen previously you will understand why. This had potential to be one of THE books of the year .. quite an image to live up to, so did it? OMG yes it did with bells on!

Never go into a psychological thriller like this and think you will figure it out because it is so damn twisty and murky you will screw your brain. Louise has talent in bucket-loads when it comes to atmospheric, suspenseful writing. Even in the rare moments of innocence you begin to think everyone is guilty or hiding secrets.

From the title it becomes apparent that this involves a baby, Kat and Nick have it all except that one element which will make their life complete. After desperately trying to conceive it just isn’t happening naturally.

By sheer fluke (or is it) Kat’s best friend from childhood appears back in her life. Lisa and Kat had not been in touch for ten years due to some mysterious events involving them and a couple of others. 

The book flits back and forworth so we can see what happened then, but it is drip fed so builds the tension, we then come to present day and begin to find out how actions in the past have severe consequences today.

I alternated between liking Lisa and then Kat and then neither of them, my emotions were all over the place.

Both Kat and Nick have secrets they haven’t revealed to each other so basically their whole life is ready to implode. I was hooked from the start, when two murders are divulged you know it’s going to be a corker. The tension builds throughout the story and I didn’t fathom it out, I almost took a breath as I neared the end having been on edge for so long and then BAM Louise hits us with that ending!

Another winner without a doubt, highly recommended. I would give more than five stars if I could.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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