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Review: THE GIFT, Louise Jensen

The Gift, by Louise Jensen. Review by Barbara Copperthwaite

“A creepy read that gave me goosebumps”


The perfect daughter is dead. And a secret is eating her family alive...

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.


What if the gift of life is a curse rather than a blessing? This is the fascinating premise of The Gift, and right from the opening scene I was intrigued.

Jenna is struggling to deal with her brush with death, after she has had a heart transplant. Are the screams she hears in her head, the flashes of scenes she vividly sees, her over-tired imagination? Worse, is she having a breakdown? Or is something more haunting going on? The reader is forced to constantly change their mind about what is happening – or even if anything is happening – as the plot unfolds.

This is a creepy read that gave me goosebumps, as it slowly built to the ending. Beautifully written, The Gift is full of twists and turns galore, and cliffhangers that had me wondering what on earth was going to happen next. As for the ending…well, I don’t want to say too much, but I loved it!

Be warned though – get your hankies ready because The Gift is an emotional read all the way through, as well as a psychological thriller. Well done, Louise Jensen!

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