Book Review: The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

What’s it about?

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?

My thoughts

I was persuaded to give Louise Jensen’s books another try after not really getting along with The Gift so I bought this book when it was on a Kindle offer for 99p.

I had hoped that the soundtrack to The Gift had been a one-off thing, but no, it’s back here as well.  I like detail but I don’t really need to know the precise detail down to naming the songs listened to unless it’s relevant.  This wound me up with The Gift and it did here too.

I didn’t find the characters overly likeable and there were a lot of pages, repetitive pages, of how desperate Kat was for a child.  I got it quite quickly how she felt, but it just went on and on.  I also had issues with the plot, the whole surrogacy thing happened way too quick and conveniently so I did find myself eye-rolling (a lot!)…but then I guess that’s the story and without it there’d be no story, so suspension of disbelief is definitely required.

That said, I read this book in less than 48 hours and did find it to be a page-turner, despite what I said above, as I was taken in by the story and on more than one occasion thought I had it all summed up rather nicely only to discover that I didn’t and really was very wrong in my assumptions.  The epilogue is pretty decent but didn’t really save the rest of it for me.

I know this author is very popular within my blogging circle and she’ll not be short of readers but I think I’ll be leaving it there.

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Author links: Twitter | Website

Small print for info
Source: Purchased
No of pages: 322
Publisher: Sphere


  1. 31st July 2018 / 8:09 am

    I’m yet to read Louise Jensen even though I hear such amazing things about her work from other bloggers. I just haven’t got around to her books yet. I’ll definitely keep your thoughts in mind when I do get around to her. I’m glad that you did find this to be a page turner even though the author isn’t for you.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      1st August 2018 / 7:35 pm

      She does have a large blogger fan base which always makes me a little suspicious of so many 5* reviews.

  2. 31st July 2018 / 9:22 am

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but I have one on my ereader (I think). I’m not a big fan of too much irrelevant detail either so we’ll see how I get along.. my expectations are lowered a bit now though. Thanks for your honest review!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      1st August 2018 / 7:33 pm

      That’s the phrase I was looking for “irrelevant detail” – thank you!
      Each to their own – you might love her style 🙂

  3. 31st July 2018 / 10:24 am

    Loving your photo Lindsay! Made me laugh. Sometimes you need to be honest, it’s how it works. Thanks for your honest review, I’ve made a mental note 🙂

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      1st August 2018 / 7:32 pm

      I’m glad it did 😉 Honesty is the best policy and I did pay for the book so feel entitled to be. Had it have been a review copy I wouldn’t have submitted one!

      • 1st August 2018 / 7:38 pm

        Haha you have every right to have a rant! Spent both time and money. Hope next one is good !

  4. 1st August 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Oh no!! 🙁
    It’s not the songs for me, it’s the mentioning of specific perfumes – but I know what you mean!
    I loved the epilogue and wished the rest of the book had been that dark. All her plots are rather far-fetched and I don’t think you’d get along with The Date any better.
    Oh well, that’s some more space on your TBR! 🙂

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      1st August 2018 / 7:32 pm

      Not to worry, I’m easily led! Ha ha!!

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