It’s my Turn on The Surrogate Blog Tour.
Before I started to write this blog, I did a little bit of research. I sometimes get caught up in my own opinions of books, that’s why I never put bad reviews on my blog; just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean everybody else won’t.
So, when I enjoyed a book as much as this one, and Louise Jensen’s previous 2 The Gift, and The Sister, I wondered what everybody else was thinking.
Reading the reviews on Amazon and Netgalley told me everything I needed to know. It’s not just me. This is a brilliant writer writing brilliant stories.
There is a strange reality to what she writes. Not are the scenarios realistic, but they are the sort of thing that will get you thinking, that could so easily have happened to somebody I know.
Her characters are strong but subtle. It’s easy to relate the them and the situations they find themselves in. In this book, I found myself outside the story screaming in “can’t you see what’s happening?”. But was I right. Read the book and see what you thing.
My Original Review of The Surrogate
Louise Jensen has written some of the most original thrillers I have ever read, and this sits right at the top of the pile.
The story starts with a crime scene in which there are two bodies, and then continues to revolve around a few characters, any of which could be one of those bodies, on the lead up to the crime.
The main character is Kat, a 30-year-old woman who is desperately trying to adopt a child with her Property Developer husband Nick.
Kat has a secret, 10 years ago she was involved in an accident and she has moved away to start a new life.
All is going well until she bumps into an old friend from the past, Lisa.
Lisa has been a surrogate mom before, and persuades Kat and Nick to let her be their surrogate.
What is Lisa up to? Did she really just happen to bump into her old-school friend, or was it more by design?
As the story unfolds it becomes clear Nick has his own secrets, and so does his best friend Richard.
Richard happens to be Nicks old business partner, and his solicitor, and is handling the legal side of the surrogacy.
Not one of these people is innocent, any of them could be one of the two victims at the original crime scene; but just as much they could all be the perpetrator of the crime.
This is one of the most complex crime/psychological thrillers I have ever read. At times, I was swayed in favour of all of the main characters, in a sympathetic way. At other times, I hated each one of them. There were times when I was convinced I knew who the victims were and who had killed them, but then I changed my mind; or had it changed for me.
But the end, that comes as quite a shock.
What a great book.
Publishing date: 27th September 2017.