The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Surrogate

‘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…

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Super disappointed in The Surrogate. I wish that the story was a bit more realistic as opposed to adding a ton of twists in order to shock the reader. I found myself doing a ton of eye rolls because this would never happen in real life.

Kat, her husband, Nick, and her childhood best friend, Lisa, have a ton of secrets. They have secrets going back to their childhood that they have never revealed to each other. Once Lisa entered the picture again, Kat is transported back to high school, a place she never wants to revisit.

I hated Kat, Nick and Lisa. They were all super annoying who were just too wrapped up with themselves. I especially didn’t like Kat and Nick, it was hard to picture them being a married couple since they never talked to one another. They just lived their separate lives, hiding secrets, and expecting everything to be ok when they become parents. Because everything always work out that way…

And then there was the twists. Ok, I admit, that I didn’t see a lot of the twists coming. I thought the novel was going to go one way and it went in a completely different direction. I liked that and then boom, another twist and then another and I struggled to put it altogether because it just didn’t make sense.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. I still highly recommend The Sister by Jensen (which I loved!) , but sadly I’m finding her other novels not nearly as great.

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The Date by Louise Jensen

The Date

Such a beautiful cover!

Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor.

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future.

By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognizable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognize the face staring back at her. She can’t recognize her friends and family. And she can’t recognize the person who is trying to destroy her…

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I’m a huge fan of Louise Jensen’s after reading her debut novel, The Sister! Check it out if you have never read of it! I think I read the last few chapters with my mouth wide open just because I was so shocked about what was happening!

Now on her 4th novel, Jensen proves that she can write and she can give a mystery that will have you second guessing and her last scenes are super suspenseful. I really liked the ending of The Date, it really delivered.

The problem that I find with Jensen’s novels is that they are never realistic. In The Date, Alison wakes up and doesn’t recognize herself and she doesn’t have any memory of the previous night. Before this novel, I had never heard of face blindness and found that it was an interesting take on a mystery. Who is at the door? It looks like a stranger, but it could be my husband, brother, best friend, etc.

I also found that the novel was too descriptive for my tastes. I like a novel to move along at a quick pace and found that there was long paragraphs describing something and I ended up just skipping over those parts.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. A bit too long winded in some places, but overall a great thriller that has you trusting no one!

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Thank you to Netgallery and Bookouture for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

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