The Gift – Louise Jensen

About the book

Published: 16th December 2016 (Bookouture)32180692

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.

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.

My Review

Wow! What a gripping thriller with a truly unique subject. The Gift explores the impact of organ donation upon the recipient and the concept of Cellular Muscle Memory (whereby human cells retain their memories after transplantation) alongside the psychological thriller as to what happened to the donor herself.

Jenna is nearly 6 months on from her heart transplant, is on the road to recovery and is preparing to return to work however she cannot stop thinking about her donor, which is exacerbated by the strange dreams and ‘flashbacks’ she experiences featuring her donor, Callie. What starts as a curiosity about the young woman whose heart now pumps inside her chest turns into a quest to understand why Callie died and why those around her will not talk about it – something doesn’t feel right and Jenna has this uncontrollable desire to find out what happened as peace for Callie.

The Gift certainly grabs you from the very start and throws you into the complex plot which has you both entirely believing of Jenna one minute and then questioning her the next. Told from Jenna’s first person narrative, this is on hell of a ride! There are so many twists and turns, one of those books that encourages you to keep reading after every single chapter as you just need to know what the hell is going on!

Jensen has created a fabulous character in Jenna; someone who the reader both cares about and empathise with, her feelings and confusion comes alive from the pages. As such, The Gift is so much more than ‘just’ a psychological thriller as its exploration of the emotional impact of organ transplants and the lasting effect on the recipients and the donor’s family is brilliant.

About Louise Jensen

Louise Jensen always wanted to be Enid Blyton when she grew up, and when that didn’t happen she got a ‘proper’ job instead.

Several years ago an accident left Louise with a disability and she began writing once again, to distract her from her pain and compromised mobility. But writing turned out to be more than just a good distraction. Louise loves creating exciting worlds, dark characters, and twisted plots.

Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, sons, a madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat, and also teaches mindfulness.

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