JENSEN WEEK DAY FOUR
Louise Jensen shot to fame last year following the release of her debut novel The Sister.
Selling just short of half a million copies within six weeks, Jensen’s psychological thriller was the book on everyone’s lips and kindles!
And now, just over a year later, Little, Brown imprint, Sphere have purchased the rights to the paperback and it hit the bookshops and supermarkets on Thursday! This is obviously VERY exciting for both Louise and the publisher. The Sister is available in Asda, Sainsbury’s, and WH Smith now and in Tesco from 7 September!
To celebrate this wonderful news, I will be posting an exclusive character spotlight or guest post every day for the next week, each one will focus on a different character from Jensen’s books, The Sister, The Gift, and her next novel, The Surrogate, which is out on 27 September.
On Thursday, Louise joined me to talk about Charlie Fisher, one of the lead characters in The Sister and you can read that here.
On Friday I was joined by Grace’s grandma from The Sister and you can read that post here.
Yesterday, we move to The Gift and Louise joins me to talk about main character, Jenna McCauley and you can read that here.
Today I am joined by Jenna herself …
They think I’m mad. I can hear it in their over sympathetic voices that are a touch too bright. A touch too loud. I can see it in the sideward glances they sneak when they think I’m not looking. All of them think I’m losing it, My parents, Rachel my best friend. Even Sam and somehow that hurts the worst of all, for even though I can’t be with him, I still love him. I find it incredibly hard to admit that. Even to myself. I can’t provide him with the long and happy future we’d planned. I can’t now have children. It was only fair to set him free even though he keeps trying to win me back. At night, I lie in my cold and lonely bed, my body craving his touch while my mind spins trying to make sense of everything going on.
Vanessa, my therapist, tells me cellular memory doesn’t exist, despite the stories I’d printed off from Google. My doctor tells me it’s impossible that since my heart transplant I’m seeing things my donor saw. Feeling things she felt. But it’s real and solid and tangible, the fear that sweeps through me, the panic attacks that snatch my breath, rendering me helpless and afraid. Because there’s something else I’ve gleaned from the snippets I pick up from Callie’s heart aside from the fact she loved strawberries and the beach.
She was murdered.
Her parents are broken, you would be wouldn’t you? They have so many unanswered questions about that night. Callie wasn’t where she was supposed to be. She wasn’t with who she was supposed to be. Nathan her fiancée claims he doesn’t know anything, and Sophie her younger sister seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth.
Her parents gave me a second chance at life signing the donor consent form and helping them find closure is the least I can do. That’s why I’m determined to prove Callie was murdered and bring them to justice but ever since I’ve been investigating there’s a sense I’m being followed. Watched. Everyone told me I was imagining it – even the police wouldn’t listen – and yes I know my anti rejection drugs have a lot of side effects but I know what I saw. I know how I feel.
But after what happened last night I know for sure. Someone is trying to warn me off, stop me asking questions and they’re prepared to silence me any way they can. Even if it means killing me.
I’m terrified. Every time I think of last night I can’t stop shaking. I’m so close to the truth, I can almost taste it. I owe it to Callie. I owe it to her parents, don’t I to keep going? But still I don’t want to die, not when I’ve just started to live again.
A young girl has been murdered. Would you give up? Keep quiet? I really don’t know what to do.
There’s a noise. Someone’s here. Back in a sec …
Oh god. Someone help me. Please.
ARGH! has this whet your appetite? Of course it has … If you haven’t already read The Gift, here’s the blurb …
The perfect daughter is dead. And a secret is eating her family alive…
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.