I am honoured, truly honoured, to be kicking off the blog tour for the wonderful Louise Jensen’s second novel, The Gift.
Here’s the blurb . . .
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.
A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.
My thoughts . . .
Now that I have finished crying, I can finally see my laptop screen to write this review. Not that I have the words just yet . . .
Louise has done it again.
She has completely knocked it out of the park and has brought us all another utterly amazing thriller!
It’s a pet hate of many readers and bloggers when books are packaged as psychological thrillers when they are not, this time however, Louise has nailed it! AGAIN!!!!
The Gift brings us the story of Jenna, a heart transplant patient who sets out to discover what she can about her donor, however all is not as it seems, and as she starts to meet the people involved with Callie, the donor, she starts to realise that perhaps Callie’s death wasn’t the accident everyone claims it was.
I completely fell in love with Jenna; Louise writes in a such a detailed and descriptive way that you cannot help but be drawn into the world of her characters, you feel for them, you love them, you hurt for them. AS much as this IS a psychological thriller, it will mess with your head, there is no denying it, there is also an exceptionally clever undertone of something more, not chick-litty romance, but something deeper, something that grabs your heart and doesn’t let go, something that takes you into the lives of characters in a way that doesn’t happen with other books. Something that makes you want to keep reading, something that stops from you from being able to put it down, something that makes you never want the book to end. And when it does, you are utterly bereft, you just want more, more words, more pages to turn, more everything!
From the thriller point of view, Louise builds up to such an utterly horrifying ending you will be left shocked and stunned by the revelations! With constant twists and turns, she takes us on a journey that leaves you breathless and desperate to read the next page (ahem, chapter . . . who am I kidding . . . I read it in one sitting!!) As the tension builds and the suspicions mount, you will be kept guessing at every step of the journey as to who has done what and why, but I promise, you will not guess the ending!
My God! It’s a bloody corker!!!!
Louise is an exquisite writer, the emotions on the pages are so raw, you can almost feel them, almost put yourself in that situation and feel the things going on as if they were happening to you.
There is no denying that Louise Jensen is THE best new author we have had the pleasure of being introduced to this year.
I know that she was worried that book two wouldn’t be as good as the first, that perhaps she hadn’t done her new characters justice as she still had Charlie and Grace (from The Sister) on her mind, Louise has documented this on her blog, however, she had no need to worry. The reviews so far by us lucky advanced readers have already been amazing, and I think this shows just how good a writer Louise is, whilst worrying and fretting and sometimes obsessing, that no one will like her new characters, she has written a book that has jumped straight into my Top Ten Books of the Year (I’m not telling you where though, that will have to wait until that blog post!) but not just mine, many, many others too! I’ve yet to hear a negative comment about it, and why would I?
The Gift is perfect. So perfect in fact that, following my decision to give Frailty by Betsy Reavley 5-Stars . . . I’m pulling out this one for Louise:
MY FIRST EVER GOLD STAR AWARD
I can’t think of any other book, or author, who deserves it more!
Louise is fast becoming a household name and I am so excited to see what the future for us, how else she will captivate, shock, stun and thrill us, because, I am in no doubt, this lady is here to stay.
NOW GO AND BUY IT NOW!
I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to the online launch party over on my Facebook page on Sunday evening , just follow the link EmmaTheLittleBookworm and come and meet Louise, ask her anything you want (she might answer ANYTHING but try and keep it book related 😉 )there will also be a whole host of other authors popping by to say hello, and maybe a competition and giveaway or two!!!
Be sure to follow the rest of the tour and pop over to see the AMAZING Emma over at her blog, DampPebbles
About Louise . . .
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 http://www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.