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.
Available to pre-order on Amazon