The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder?
Jenna is seriously ill. She’s lost all hope of getting the heart transplant she needs to live. But just as her life is ebbing away, she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie.
Who was Callie and how did she die? Jenna is determined to find out.
The closer Jenna gets to those who loved Callie, the more questions arise about her untimely death. Someone knows what happened to Callie. Why won’t they talk?
Jenna is about to uncover the truth, but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.
Having read and loved Louise Jensen's debut thriller 'The Sister', I did not think twice to download and read her second offering, 'The Gift'. As with the first book, I was immediately attracted to its beautiful cover and the very intriguing blurb.
"A heart is not just an organ. The heart stores secrets and lies. Hopes and dreams. It's more than a muscle."
Soon after Jenna recovers from a heart transplant, she starts to experience frequent, short but tense episodes of panic and fear, dreams and an overwhelming sense of danger, as if someone is following her. What's happening to her? Does this has anything to do with the strong meds she's taking? Or is it something to do with her new heart? Or more properly her donor?
Against all advice to the contrary, Jenna decides to track down her donor's family to express her gratitude at being given a second chance at life. She learns that her new heart belonged to a young woman named Callie. Who was Callie? How did she die? Was it really an accident as she's told, or is someone trying to cover something much more sinister? Jenna wants to find out. Guided by her new heart, she becomes utterly obsessed with this need to find out the truth. But someone is not happy with Jenna's inquiries and is prepared to do anything to stop her.
Okay, I really enjoyed reading this captivating read. I can say that I found it even more engrossing than 'The Sister'. The story immediately grabbed my interest, and even though I usually find it rather difficult to give credence to unproved theories, I found myself fascinated by the brilliant original concept brought about by the author in this thriller. You'll understand what I'm writing about once you read the book.
In 'The Gift' all characters are well portrayed and given depth. I liked Jenna, the main character. The author did a great job in depicting her sense of loss, her misery and anguish and her sense of helplessness. On some occasions I feared for her life but there were times when I wished I could give her a good shake too. Couldn't she see where her fixation with Callie was taking her? With her heart pumping inside Jenna's body, it almost felt like Callie was another living character. She and her heart are everywhere in the book! I admired Sam for his unwavering love for and patience with Jenna.
Littered with numerous tense, heart-pounding moments, twists and turns and finally a great ending, all weaved together within a clever original plot, I think this book is fab and I highly recommend it.
As always, this is my unbiased opinion. With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read this book through Netgalley.
Louise is a USA Today Bestselling Author, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat.
The Sister is Louise's debut novel and it reached No.1 on the Amazon Kindle chart in both the UK and Canada and No.1 on iBooks. Louise's second book, The Gift, will be published on 16th December 2016.
Louise loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.