The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Surrogate by Louise JensenThe Surrogate by Louise Jensen
Published by Bookouture on September 27th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thrillers
Pages: 324
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‘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…

As part of the NetGalley community, I often have an opportunity to read books before they are released to the public.  Since I’m always open to authors I wouldn’t ordinarily be familiar with, I was excited to read the subject of today’s post, The Surrogate by Louise Jensen.

Kat and her husband, Nick are desperate for a baby and they’ve tried everything, but Kat is just not able to conceive. They have suffered so many heartaches and Kat and Nick try to adopt, but they fail again.  Then Kat runs into her “ex” best friend, Lisa and something crazy happens – Lisa offers to become their surrogate. But Lisa is an “ex” friend for a reason – something happened between them ten years ago and they severed all ties with each other. Kat has never forgiven herself and has even kept it a secret from Nick.  Lisa has secrets of her own too, and as readers dive into this story, it’s hard to figure out whether or not Lisa can even be trusted.  Slowly, readers begin to see things that are falling apart and learn that Lisa isn’t really who she says she is. 

I can’t say too much about this plot since I don’t write  spoilers. I will say that this novel is definitely entertaining and keeps readers on the edge of their seats trying to figure out exactly what the heck is going on. 

Louise Jensen does an amazing job of leading readers down this suspenseful path of hidden secrets leaving clues that had us trying to figure out this twisty story!  The Surrogate is a fast-paced and entertaining, while intriguing and I felt like I was watching a train head toward a wreck! I enjoyed the suspense and anticipation of wondering what would happen next and to see how things would all end and I felt the author did a great job of building up the suspense throughout the story.

Louise is a USA Today Bestselling Author, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat. 

Louise’s first two novels, The Sister and The Gift, were both International No.1 Bestsellers, and have been sold for translation to sixteen countries. The Sister was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016. Louise’s third psychological thriller, The Surrogate, is out now.

Louise loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Surrogate by Louise Jensen for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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