‘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…
I first discovered Louise Jensen when I purchased The Sister a few months ago and finished the book in about two days. Her writing style is really unique and, set in England, it’s nice to read something that referencing things I grew up with, such as local shops and TV shows. I have really gotten into psychological thrillers thanks to her and absolutely love getting stuck into a book, unable to turn a page for fear of my favourite characters, but desperate to find out what happens next. Louise’s writing is always extremely gripping, with incredible opening chapters that make it hard to put the book down. I like the first person point of view, something I have previously struggled with, yet I now find myself playing around with it for my own book.
The Surrogate follows Kat and her husband, Nick, set between the present and their past. What I like about this is that we get a glimpse of Nick’s past too, despite the fact that it is Kat’s story. This style of writing makes it more clear to recognise character development, looking at the immaturity and naivety of their younger selves compared to them in their late twenties. It allows you to really get to know the characters and why they are the way they are. It’s a clever way to write and I’m going to incorporate a familiar theme in my writing.
Kat desperately wants a baby and, after two failed adoptions, an old friend Lisa, who Kat is constantly worried is still angry with her, steps forwards and mentions that she had been a surrogate to a young woman a couple years ago. She offers to do the same thing for Kat who accepts, though Nick seems very hesitant as does his friend Richard, who just so happens to be a lawyer who seems to be very wary of Kat. The constant change between past and present makes it an interesting read as we are discovering new things along the way, especially in terms of their parents as both Kat and Nick have had difficult childhoods, and being able to dive into this really broadened the way the characters could be analysed.
Heart aching truths are revealed throughout and I found myself feeling sorry for Kat, who has been through so much in her life and just wants to start her own family. With Lisa acting very suspicious, skipping her scans, asking for more and more money, and being rather passive aggressive towards Kat, it’s difficult to read Kat’s story and all that she has been through.
This book offers so many twists and turns, it’s hard to resist not reading it all in one go, though I like leaving myself time to finish a book to increase anticipation. The Surrogate has been one of my favourite books this year so far, that along with The Sister, and I definitely recommend you pick up a copy if you like reading, want to get into reading, or enjoy gripping stories.