Today I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for The Gift by Louise Jensen, this is one book you don’t want to miss, it’s a gripping read. The good news is The Gift was published yesterday so you don’t even have to wait to get a copy. Before you pop over to Amazon and order yourself a copy, you may want to check out my review for The Gift which is definitely an outstanding psychological thriller by the way! Followed by a Christmassy interview with Louise Jensen who tells us what she is going to be up to on Christmas Day 🎄🎄
The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder?
Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …
Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.
Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die?Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.
Hells Bells! The Gift by Louise Jensen is an absolute cracker of a read, it’s tense, gripping and thrilling. I literally devoured this book in one sitting, I love it when you read a book and the opening chapter grabs you by the throat, I’m not one for slow burners and much prefer to get “stuck in”. I read the authors debut novel The Sister earlier this year and I thought it was a fantastic read, so I was hoping it would be just as good, but Louise Jensen has surpassed all my expectations with this heart stopping read (excuse the pun!).
Jenna the protagonist has received a donor heart, as she recuperates from her life saving operation Jenna begins to suffer with irrational thoughts and feelings that appear to centre around Callie the girl whose heart was donated. As Jenna suffers flashbacks of disturbing incidents she becomes convinced that Callie didn’t die as a result of an accident, as events take a Dark and sinister turn you can help wondering where the plot is leading. Jenna’s new heart is seen as a “Gift” but you can’t help feeling that it comes at a price as her life begins to fall a part in the most spectacular fashion.
When I read a psychological thriller I expect the author to emphasise the psychology of their characters and Louise Jensen manages this with aplomb. Jenna was a character that I found intriguing, complex, and at times I couldn’t help but wonder how reliable she was as a narrator as she became obsessed with Callie’s life, her family and fiancé, on the other hand could Jenna be experiencing cellular memories? is it possible that a donor heart holds secrets, lies, hopes and dreams? It certainly gave me food for thought, as Callie’s Dark and horrifying memories consume Jenna’s life. As Jenna becomes more involved with her donors family you realise things aren’t as they seem, as she tries to uncover hidden secrets you can’t help wondering if she is loosing her grasp on reality.
The Gift explores familiar issues, lies, secrets and protecting those you love, which could have made for a mediocre read, but fortunately the author manages to add originality to these themes, making for a compelling read shrouded in intrigue.The Gift is a well plotted story as Jenna delves deeper into Callie’s life there is a sense of menace oozing from every page, the constant sense of unease and foreboding make for a sinister read. At times I became so caught up in the plot that I found myself jumping at every little sound. Louise Jensen’s writing goes from strength to strength, she has written a belter of a book that will keep even the most hardened psychological thriller lover glued to their kindle/book.
5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
Print Length: 287 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (16 Dec. 2016)
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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.
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What is your favourite Christmas memory?
There are so many, especially since I had children of my own, but a favourite childhood one of mine was waking to a white Christmas. I remember racing outside with my sister, in our pyjamas, and having a snowball fight at about 6 in the morning!
Where will you be spending Christmas?
This year we’ll be at home. We have family visiting.
Do you have any Christmas traditions?
When the children were small there was always the stocking hanging, and carrot for Rudolph but they are too big for that now (although I still leave a mince pie out for Santa!) We always have a pizza Christmas Eve though and watch a Christmas movie together. Often Elf.
What was your best ever Christmas present?
A boxer dog called Bailey. We’d been discussing for about a year whether it was the right time for our family to own a dog and decided it was. We bought him Christmas Eve but I decided to leave him with the breeder for a couple of days so he could arrive at his new home when it was quiet, not with the madness of a houseful on Christmas day, but it was all we could talk about.
What was your worst ever Christmas present?
A box of chocolate covered brazil nuts from a family member. I have a severe allergy to brazil nuts…
Favourite Christmas tipple?
Baileys! I love it but for some reason I do only buy it at Christmas.
What are you hoping for this Christmas?
My family around the dining table. With the children getting older, and one having already left home to live with his girlfriend, it can be hard to co-ordinate us all in the same place at the same time.
Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?
Firstly huge thanks for all your support – my first year as a published author has been amazing, and, don’t sweat the small stuff. No-one will ever remember if you made the stuffing from scratch, but they will remember who was around the table, the love and the laughter. We can put so much pressure on ourselves to get everything perfect, but try to relax and enjoy the festive season.
My thanks to Louise for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer my Christmassy questions