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Book Review: The Gift – Louise Jensen *****

Honestly by the end of this book I was having palpitations and struggling for breath along with Jenna, the main character. Louise Jensen has this great gift of being able to drag you directly into the story and carry you along kicking and screaming! The Gift is the second book from the author of The Sister, one of the most gripping debut novels of the year and I’m delighted to be able to report that this definitely doesn’t disappoint.

Jenna is a veterinary nurse coming to terms with her acute health problems. Six months earlier she had an illness that caused damage to her heart and she had a heart transplant. Now that she is a little stronger and beginning to return to her previous life she is thinking more about what happened to her donor. All she knew was that she was a twenty four year old woman who died in a car accident. Breaking protocol Jenna shares personal information with the donor’s family and they arrange to meet up.

Jenna has been experiencing strange dreams and flashbacks that mean nothing to her and when she decides to drastically change her look she knows that there was something underlying that decision. Her new red bob makes her look just like Callie even though she had never seen a picture of her. The concept of cellular memory is quite an interesting one from a psychological point of view.

The flashbacks and dreams seem to be pointing to the idea that Callie didn’t just die in a car accident. It might have been a murder that was covered up. Deciding to investigate so that she can put her unease at rest Jenna doesn’t realise the danger that she is walking towards and that it could ultimately cost her the future she daren’t hope that she could have.

Drop everything and curl up in a comfy chair because as soon as you start this book you won’t want to do anything else!

Supplied by Net Galley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication date: Dec 16 2016. 320 pages.

The Gift: The gripping psychological thriller everyone is talking about

Categories: 5 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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