- Barbara Copperthwaite
Review: THE SURROGATE, Louise Jensen
'Louise Jensen is queen of sleight of hand, making you look in all directions apart from the one you should be looking. '
She can give you everything you want... But can you trust her? Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents. All they want is a child to love but they are beginning to lose hope. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives them one last chance. Kat and Lisa were once as close as sisters. The secrets they share mean their trust is for life... Or is it? Just when the couple’s dream seems within reach, Kat begins to suspect she’s being watched and Nick is telling her lies. Are the cracks appearing in Kat’s perfect picture of the future all in her head, or should she be scared for the lives of herself and her family? How far would you go, to protect everything you love?
Louise Jensen is queen of sleight of hand, making you look in all directions apart from the one you should be looking. I’m not going to write a long review, for fear of giving something away, but I will say this: this is yet another great novel by an author who has now become a firm favourite.
I loved the opening, with the nosey neighbours trying to work out what had happened inside the house, and why the police had been called, and from that moment on I was trying to work it out, too. The story comes from multiple points of view as the past and present collide with one another, but it’s never confusing, always clear. Lots of tension, I whizzed through the book.
I spent the whole book smugly thinking: ‘Oh, this is what’s happened.’ Then changing my mind, and opting for another ending instead. Then another. And another. And…I didn’t guess the truth until I was reading it. To trick a fellow author takes some doing!