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The Surrogate

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  7,303 ratings  ·  872 reviews
‘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 da
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published September 27th 2017 by Bookouture
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Carole Thank you for sharing. I'll be taking this off my "To Read" shelf. I'm in the middle of Louise Jensen's book, The Sister, and I've also notice she rea…moreThank you for sharing. I'll be taking this off my "To Read" shelf. I'm in the middle of Louise Jensen's book, The Sister, and I've also notice she really needs a good editor. Her metaphors are so awkward, I was certain her book must have been self-published. Apparently not, but I'm not very impressed with the editors of Bookouture now. (less)

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Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The desperation to be a mother. What lengths would someone go to fulfill that dream?

Kat and her husband Nick are ready to complete their family with a baby. Unable to conceive, they turn to the obvious alternative...adoption.
When Kat runs into her childhood friend Lisa, she shares the difficulties they’ve been struggling with to start a family. Without any hesitation, Lisa offers a solution to their problem...surrogacy. With Lisa as the surrogate. This was Kat’s closest friend who she’d been es
Mary Beth
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

So many unlikable characters, and I didn't know who I could trust. This one was a big surprise and I am not going to give anything away because if you decide to read this, I want you to be surprised too. I didn't like any of the characters and usually when I don't like one character, I usually don't like the book. I ended up loving this book. There were so many secrets and that was what keep me turning the pages. The suspense kept on building and building. I was so intrigued!

So many secrets an
Susanne  Strong
3.5 Stars* (rounded down)

Louise Jensen’s “The Surrogate” is a campy mystery that keeps your attention throughout.

Kat is desperate for a baby. She and her husband Nick have tried everything - unfortunately Kat is unable to conceive. After suffering heartache after heartache, Kat and Nick try to adopt, only to fail again - then something crazy happens. Kat runs into her ex-best friend, Lisa and Lisa offers to become their surrogate. The catch? Lisa and Kat have a past. Something bad happened betwe
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, audiobooks, thriller
4.5 twisted stars! This book kept me on my toes until the bitter end!
Kat wants a baby, at any cost, so when Lisa a friend she has had not had contact with in over 10 years reenters her life she assumes it is fate that she is offering to be a surrogate for her.... I spent most of this book hoping Kat would smarten up, I felt as though she needed a good friend in her life to shake some sense into her, but.... I spent the rest of the time trying to figure out how all these characters were connected
This was a Traveling Sisters group read that I had the pleasure of reading along with Brenda, Kaceey, Lindsay, Holly B, Susanne, Berit, Mary Beth and Jennifer.  We had some fun and interesting discussions trying to figure this one out!

THE SURROGATE by LOUISE JENSEN is a shocking, twisty, suspenseful, and a highly entertaining psychological thriller novel that had so many twists and turns that felt like I was on the crazy train to nowhere. This book did keep me rolling on down the track in nervou
Holly  B
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Looking for a good binge book? This could be it!

Kat and her husband Nick are desperately trying to get pregnant. Two adoption attempts have already broken their hearts. Kat would do anything to become a mom, but the “anything” is the scary part!

“I’m slipping back into the past. The good. The bad. All of it.” – Kat feels an uneasiness in the air. Does anyone else feel it?

Kat and her friend Lisa run into each other unexpectedly and “catch up” with each others lives, but they share a dark past and
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'Is it really a coincidence she is here or has she purposely tracked me down? And if so, why?

'Revenge' whispers the voice inside my head.'

THE BLURB: ‘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.

Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok.. wow had to recover a little bit from this book.

I have been a big fan of Louise Jensen since her debut of The Sister. Of course, I jumped on the wagon to read her newest novel The Surrogate. I was overly excited that I was approved on Netgalley for this one!

Kat and her husband Nick are doing everything in their power to become parents. Unfortunately, heartache after heartache for this couple in getting their dream of becoming mother and father. Out of nowhere, Kat runs into a long time chil
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, arc, netgalley
There is nothing that hooks me more with psychological thrillers than when a past tragedy is alluded to right off the bat, but you have no idea what actually happened. And Louise Jensen is a master at this. This twisting of time and space and trying to figure out what happened when.

You know when you want to say to a character, "no! Are you crazy?! This person is walking all over you!" You have to suspend disbelief a bit to think someone wouldn't see all the signs and red flags, but it also make
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3 stars. This was one wild and crazy ride – wow!

This book definitely had a big shock factor for me. The author, Louise Jensen, kept the twists, secrets and surprises coming right up until the end. I enjoyed the suspense and anticipation of wondering what would happen next and to see how things would all end.

I found the majority of this story to be quite far-fetched which prevented me from truly connecting with the book. With that being said, the book was written in such an intriguing and suspen
Sarah Joint
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Louise Jensen has quickly climbed my list of favorite authors. If she writes a book, I'll read it! I spent most of my time reading this one with my brow furrowed, trying to figure out who I could trust. In this book everyone, and I mean EVERYONE seems a little fishy. I thought I knew exactly where it was headed, but no. I was wrong about pretty much everything. My armchair detective skills have failed me! This story required some suspension of disbelief and I didn't really relate much with the c
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 Stars

I read The Surrogate with eight of my Traveling Sisters and we all mostly enjoyed this one making this a very enjoyable, fun and entertaining reading experience for us.

The Surrogate is a fast-paced, entertaining, intriguing yet far-fetched and twisty story that felt like we were watching a fast-paced train on it’s way to a train wreck. It’s a twisty path with lots of turns that clipped along as the suspense kept building until the twisty carnage that left us gawking in disbelief.

Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Kat and her husband Nick have been trying to start a family for several years now with no luck. When it was found that Kat couldn't conceive they had turned their attention to adoption thinking they would be able to begin the family they both wanted that way. After a couple of failed attempts when the child goes to someone else at the last minute Kat is devastated and losing hope.

While out one day Kat runs into her childhood friend Lisa with whom she hadn't spoken to in years and didn't think w
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my kind of read, one that you can get your teeth into [the thriller part] emotional and realistic [my female mothery part] and what 'fertility problems' have on a couple [my experience with a friend who so wanted/needed a baby].

So I could think out of the box with this one, I have had experience of being around a couple who had tried no endless of methods to have a baby, yes including surrogacy. The emotional wreck it can leave a couple is beyond trying to explain, so, I could see both c
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
3.5ish runaway train 🚂 stars to The Surrogate

I will keep this review brief because I don't want to give anything away. I dubbed this book a trainwreck in our group read! It's far-fetched at times, sometimes to the point of being outlandish, but The Surrogate is always entertaining. And just like any trainwreck, you have to keep watching (reading) until you know just how it ends. The premise was original, and the ending was unpredictable; and those things, along with the pure entertainment, added
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The surrogate by Louise Jenson was a story full of secrets and lies. Kat is desperate to become a mother and when her adoption of a child from another country falls through she enters into an agreement with an old friend Lisa who offers to become a surrogate. I enjoyed this book and the story kept me intrigued as there was so many twist and turns. I would like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Adrian Dooley
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! A book that’s far from perfect but nearly always entertaining and a large OMG for those last 50 pages or so and the ending!!

Kat and Nick are desperate to be parents. Married 10 years and having found out that Kat can’t conceive they have decided to go the adoption route. They have tried and have failed with a couple of foreign adoption attempts and Kat is distraught. She wants nothing more than to be a mother.
She has started a new life for herself after some, as yet disclosed,major event i
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I’m not a mother and have no desire to become one, I wasn’t sure whether I would love this book. However, having loved both previous books by Louise Jensen, I was still very much looking forward to reading this. I’m pleased to announce that The Surrogate was yet another 5 star read for me.

This story starts with a crime scene where two bodies are found. The story then goes back to what led to that scene. Part way through the book I was sure I’d worked out who those bodies were. Then one of tho
THE SURROGATE by Louise Jensen is a suspenseful psychological thriller novel with so many twists and an unexpected ending that I never saw coming! Having been so impressed with her previous novels, “The Gift” and “The Sister”, I didn’t know if she could keep up the momentum…but she blew it out of the water with this one!

The novel deals with the emotional roller coaster that a married couple, Kat and her husband Nick go through, when they have tried to become parents, and are at the point of giv
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stand alone thriller published 2017.

This is my first time reading anything by author Louise Jensen and on the whole I enjoyed the book which turned out to be quite the page turner.
But as much as I enjoyed this book it did test my frustration levels.
Never have I encountered so many insecure characters leading such insecure live as I have between the pages of Surrogate. So many dark secrets kept secret by all the characters and I mean all of them. Everyone wanted the truth but no one was prepared
 Li'l Owl
Wow! That was an amazing read with high wire tension complete with a series of twisted, surprising shocks in the end I felt like I'd just touched an electrified fence!!

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen is a must, must read!

How far would you go to get a baby?
The Book Review Café
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I read Louise Jensen’s debut The Sister I’ve been a huge fan of her writing, but OMG The Surrogate her latest and most adventurous book yet puts her firmly on my list of “must read” authors. The Surrogate’s title misled me, I thought it would be a “heart warming” tale, but how wrong could I be! It turned out to be dark and very twisted tale, one that’s shrouded in lies, buried secrets and betrayal I really think this is the authors best book yet and it definitely one of the best psych ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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....

Opening at a crime scene in a qui
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, baby, what a wild ride! Not that it wasn't expected; after all, I've read and thoroughly enjoyed both of the author's previous books - The Gift and The Sister - so I figured it was a given that this would be a winner as well. As it turns out, this may well be the best of the lot.

My "baby" reference wasn't an accident, either; at the center of the story is a couple - Kat and Nick - who are beyond eager to have a child. Unable to conceive, they've tried, with help from Nick's friend Richard, t
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Nick and Kat are mourning the two failed adoptions they had attempted, when in walks Lisa, a childhood friend of Kat's, providing the solution to their parenting problems by offering to become their surrogate.

This had the ingredients of so many 'surrogate gone wrong' stories, that I admittedly questioned whether I should give this one a try or not. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the same-old surrogate story I had assumed it to be.

Although this tale started off slowly, it soon had m
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an easy read, but not wholly satisfying. The story moves quickly, which I liked, but the main character, Kat, got annoying fairly quickly. That being said, I was interested in the story and the mystery, and though the final twist felt a little too orchestrated, I didn't see it coming. This would make for a good holiday read, when you are looking to be entertained and not much more. I would read another book by this author in the future.
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Judy D Collins
The 30 Best Books of 2017

Louise Jensen is on a roll! Three hits in a row—quite the accomplishment. Her passion shines through. The author’s previous two books reached #1 in the UK and abroad (if you have not heard).

The thriller queen returns following The Gift on my Top Books of 2016 and The Sister (2016) with her latest THE SURROGATE — her best yet!

NOTE to readers: PS. I continue to say, "I am going to keep my reviews short." That way I can write many more reviews. Right? However, wh
Linda Strong
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Kate and Nick seem to have it all ... except for a child of their own. Two out-of-country adoptions have fallen through and Kate is heartbroken.

A reunion with a childhood friend gives her new hope.

When everyone has secrets, who do you trust? When everyone seems to lie, who do you believe?

I guarantee this one will have you riveted to your chair until the very last word on the very last page. There are so many surprising twists and turns and trying to guess the ending is impossible.... a
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Kat and Nick are happily married but have been trying to have a baby for some time now . After two failed attempts at adoption Kat looses all hope but she comes across Lisa ,her old estranged friend. Lisa agrees to become a surrogate for Kat and Nick but does Lisa really want to help them or is seeking revenge for the past.
The Surrogate by Louise Jensen is a gripping psychological thriller which keeps you intrigued till the very end. The twists and turns keep on coming with an unexpected ending
Meggy Chocolate'n'Waffles
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Ever wanted something so bad you would do anything to get it?

I wanted bookcases so I nagged and nagged until the apartment was finally filled with books houses.

But what Kat wants is a baby. You can’t buy them on Amazon (yet) or make your choice among IKEA baby shelves.

The heart of The Surrogate is motherhood. What it takes, what happens when you’re denied it, when you get cast to be the woman, not the mother. But it is also so much more than that.

Louise Jensen dives so deep into the psyche o

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