The Gift (Louise Jensen)

32180692.jpgThe perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder? Jenna is seriously ill. She’s lost all hope of getting the heart transplant she needs to live. But just as her life is ebbing away, she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Who was Callie and how did she die? Jenna is determined to find out. The closer Jenna gets to those who loved Callie, the more questions arise about her untimely death. Someone knows what happened to Callie. Why won’t they talk? Jenna is about to uncover the truth, but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

Having read and loved The Sister, I was incredibly excited when I got my Netgalley approval for The Gift. And sure, I enjoyed the novel quite a lot, but, at the same time, the ending was kind of a letdown. I guess I’m in the minority that prefers Louise’s first book, although I’d still recommend this one to every thriller lover out there.

Jenna was about to die… and then she miraculously  got a heart transplant. The heart belonged to Callie, but what did exactly happen to her? And why is Jenna having weird dreams that almost feel real? Isn’t the blurb great? I was immediately hooked. Of course, the book wouldn’t make sense if Callie’s death hadn’t been mysterious…

I had honestly no idea of what was going on. First of all, I was sure Callie’s death was suspicious, but who was the guilty one? Her fiancé? Her parents? And why was Jenna constantly forgetting things? Was she going crazy or was there something more sinister going on? I loved it! Plenty of suspicious stuff going on and I was eager to find out how it all would connect.

This is the kind of novel I love to read, the ones I enjoy the most. They’re easy to read but well-written at the same time. And they’re so intriguing that you feel anxious when you need to pause your read in case something big happens on the next page. Last but not least, Louise definitely makes sure you start suspecting everyone… no matter how nice they seem (I’m sorry I even doubted some of them, but you know how I am).

What I liked the most
I was completely immersed in Jenna’s world. Louise Jensen is a truly gifted writer and she made me care about everything that happened to her. Plus, the topic is fascinating and I thought the idea was a great one to begin with. Addictive and compelling.

What I didn’t like that much
The resolution. I immensely enjoyed reading this book, but once things started to be revealed, I’m afraid I was disappointed. I guess I was expecting something bigger and the explanation didn’t live up to my expectations. I thought everything would be more connected, but some of the events I thought were more intriguing weren’t even related to the main plot.

An addictive and immersive mystery that deals with a fascinating topic: heart transplants.

Other reviews:
Novel Gossip
Clues And Reviews

Similar books:
The Sister
Blood Work
Don’t You Cry

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Bookouture, 2016 – Netgalley

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Annie

In a past life I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves to listen to old songs and watch American 90s movies. I enjoy reading mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

30 thoughts on “The Gift (Louise Jensen)

  1. I can’t wait to get home and finish reading the book. I am both eager and a bit wary of the ending based on your comments about. As compared with The Sister, I am with you on that one but waiting to see how this one ends.Great review

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  2. I’m glad you enjoyed the book, even if the ending was a bit of a disappointment. I was happy for once as to how things ended. I loved wondering about Callie’s fate, Louise kept throwing red herrings that could be interpreted differently and I kept asking myself who and what to trust! Great review 🙂

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    1. I know, I didn’t trust anyone either XD And the whole thing about her forgetting stuff? I was so intrigued, but I was disappointed by that explanation 😦

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  3. Nice review, sometimes it helps to see a review of someone that didn’t absolutely love the book as 3 star reviews cover the good and the bad so it’s appreciated. I have The Sister on my kindle to read but I don’t think I’ll rush to get to this one

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      1. Your honesty is much appreciated!! It’s almost impossible to stay away from the hype books because what if they actually do live up to the hype, then you’ve missed out haha 😂 I’ll read The Sister next year and hmmm, we’ll see about this one

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  4. Oh no the ending didn’t work for you. 😂 I loved The Sister and was really looking forward to this book. I think I requested a copy on NetGalley. I honestly can’t remember now, but I definitely want to read it. Nice review, Annie! 🙂

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  5. The synopsis for this sounds so interesting but it sucks that the ending was a letdown. I was actually recommended The Sister a while back and really hope I’m able to get to it sometime next year. I’ll have to add this one to my list too because I’m curious about it now haha. Great review!! 😊

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  6. There was a movie a few years back about a young woman who gets eye surgery (they put in someone else’s eyes or corneas or something like that), and the young woman starts seeing what the previous eyeball owner saw–and it was murderous!

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