**3.5 Goodreads Stars**
“Revenge whispers the voice inside my head. I drain my drink to silence it.”
With a title like The Surrogate, readers can expect one wild Lifetime-Movie-of-the-Week ride of a thriller. I am not a fan of gimmicky titles, but I read the description of Louise Jensen’s book and thought it might be worth a try.
Admittedly, I couldn’t put it down much like I can’t turn off a new Lifetime Movie despite its predictable ending and a familiar cast of characters. The book isn’t stale, but the ending is so wild (and for those of us who read suspense and thrillers, a bit easy to figure out early on) that it took me a few hours to digest. The Surrogate is a guilty reading pleasure, like a pint of ice cream you eat in one sitting.
The story is told from the perspective of Kat, who seems to have a normal, comfortable life with her husband, Nick. Everything seems perfect except for one thing: she can’t get pregnant. Nick and Kat have suffered through two failed foreign adoptions, and are mourning their losses. That is until Lisa walks into Nick and Kat’s life.
Lisa was Kat’s childhood friend, and she reappears in Kat’s life when the two awkwardly run into each other. Kat and Lisa become close friends as adults despite the fact that their childhood friendship did not end on good terms. Lisa offers to help Kat and Nick have a child by being a surrogate. In her haste to have a child, Kat accepts Lisa’s offer. Soon, however, Kat questions Lisa’s motivations for being a surrogate, which leads Kat to dredge up long buried memories of her torrential teenage years.
Jensen’s writing will draw you in, and Kat’s story will keep you turning the pages. I rated this book 3.5 stars because the ending seemed so completely unbelievable, and I felt like none of the characters had any redeeming qualities whatsoever by the end of the book. I read this book in two days, though, and if you start reading it you probably won’t put it down.
Thank you to NetGalley, Louise Jensen, and Bookouture for an advanced reader copy of The Surrogate.