Book Review : The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

November 3, 2017 Book review 5 ★★★★

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen hooked me in with an emotional but tense storyline.  A surrogate theme is always going to be complex, but when all the major parties are hiding secret pasts, well it’s going to be complicated.  And it was.


Book Review : The Surrogate by Louise JensenThe Surrogate by Louise Jensen
Published by Bookouture on September 27th 2017
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

‘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…

!@#$ ARC REVIEW Page-Turner suspense


First Line of The Surrogate by Louise Jensen:


 “There is a sense of panic; horror hanging in the air like smoke.”


My Thoughts on The Surrogate by Louise Jensen:


I’m on high spoiler alert, as any sniff of those messy secrets will ruin the plot.  So I’ll just share my give-nothing-away goodreads updates instead.  I think they give an insight in to the poignant plot, and just how trickily the author unraveled everything.


7%  –     “Ouch, this might hurt. The infertility theme is painfully real for me.”
40%  –  “Just had an a-ha moment, where everything added up and made perfect sense! “
100% –  “Twisty McTwisty. Nothing was the way I thought it was.”


I loved that I was guessing and second-guessing my way through the book.  Lots of red herrings bopped about merrily to distract and divert me, and I foolishly followed them.  In addition, the characters were delightfully complex and well-rounded.  Initially some reactions seemed off, but in hindsight they weren’t.  I just needed the full story to see that.


The plot is rolled out via 2 timelines; Now and Later.  I enjoyed jumping around in the timeline, as it added to the confusion.  I found I was highly anticipating both stories, as well as very curious to see how they connected.


The bottom line:


An emotive and dramatic plot, with unpredictable characters, and some shocking twists.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.



Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Surrogate by Louise Jensen?

Highly recommended to those who like domestic-style thrillers with lots of drama, action and interesting characters.  I also think if you like books such as The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins or Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon then you might also like this one.

Thanks to Bookouture for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion


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5 Responses to “Book Review : The Surrogate by Louise Jensen”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I really enjoyed this one, too, and since I have already read Girl on the Train, I had to check out your other mention: Try Not to Breathe. I recall eyeing that one…and then getting distracted. Now I have downloaded it.

    Thanks! LOL.

    Great review!
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  2. Angela

    It’s so hard to write reviews for thrillers without giving too much away – I think you did a great job here! I definitely feel the tension of the book, and just from the blurb, I can think of so many directions this story could go!

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