The 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.
A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the number #1 best-seller The Sister.
©2016 Louise Jensen (P)2016 Bookouture
"My eyes were racing down the pages... had me guessing right up to the very end and I had tears in my eyes as I relived Charlie's last moments... exceptional... It's an addictive page-turner that begs time and again for just one more chapter until the whole book has been devoured and thoroughly enjoyed." (The Book Magnet)
"Wow! What an amazing debut novel! Full of intense twists! Fantastic book to start off summer reading! Highly recommend." (Loud and Proud Book Junkie )
Although a bit hard to follow at times, this book is highly original with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing to the end. I don't want to give anything away so I will just say that what I liked about this story outweighed what I didnt, and I've never heard anything quite like it.
"The Heart is stronger then Life"
This novel was exceptionally written by Louise Jensen and wonderfully narrated by Jasmine Blackborow.
The Characters all fit their plots and the story line was different for a change. The Gift will surprise you and keep you on the edge of your chair, wondering if what you are reading is a dream or real life. I totally enjoyed this must read or listen to audiobook. The Writer made a complete magical mystery and thriller out of something that happens often in our world today. I don't want to ruin it ....so listen to it yourself, a for sure likeable audible edition.
Author, Blogger, Narrator
"Cellular memory is fascinating!"
I always enjoy books about organ donation & how the receivers of those organs go on to progress with their lives and how the experience directly affects their lives. This story was unique in that it brought on the topic of cellular memory. How absolutely fascinating! I am now very inclined to do some research on the topic, just to learn more and see how many other stories similar to this one are out there.
It wasn't a particular "stand out" for me, but if I knew any of my friends were extremely interested in organ donation or cellular memory then I absolutely would recommend it.
Not particularly because it was quite long, but I did want to finish it quickly.
"Pass this one by"
Can't think of any
One of the best parts of the story, the Medium, was only a few sentences. Then the drawn out and predictable story line. The 'twist' was predictable also. Sadly the set up for the twist was boring.
The narrator was great
Sadness. I didn't finish the book.
I am letting prospective listeners know to pass this one by.
"Don't miss this one!"
This one will keep you guessing and just what we n you think you've figured it out SURPRISE!
This is my second book by Louise Jensen, and it won't be my last. She is good at creating characters I care about, and a plot that moves quickly, with lost of red herrings to keep you on your toes.
I read a lot of psychological thrillers and crime fiction, but I think this one might stand out, because the premise is so unusual. Jenna needs a hear transplant is gets one after Callie, a young woman, dies in a car accident. Yet as she is recovering, Jenna has an urge to know more about her donor, and she seeks out the family. This is the beginning of the mystery, and Jenna's life becomes infinitely more complicated.
I liked Jenna and I liked that she didn't behave too irrationally, the way some characters in crime fiction tend to. She wasn't willfully reckless, but still curious and at times quite brave. I also liked the way Jensen illustrated her relationships, and how what she had gone through changed the way the looked at the world. These small aspects of The Gift make it memorable, because I so often read a book in the genre, where the story is gripping, but the characters feel like caricatures.
While I did find the ending to be a little much, and not entirely satisfying, on a whole, I thought this was absolutely a worthwhile read. Recommended to fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, or Elizabeth Haynes!
There were no big moments in my opinion. I was left wanting something to happen that I didn't expect.
Yes the narration was fine.
none - it needed something added not taken away
meh - I had hopes for a terrific read; I didn't find it here.
"WARNING AUDIO IS HORRIBLE! The story is overall pretty bad as well."
Who said the is the "best psychological thriller"? I can't believe they just wrote that on the book, plus it's in the introduction but with info on who said that.
Don't waste your money, the narrator reads this from her bathroom at points (or at least that's what it sounds like) other times you can barely make out what she's saying because the recording is SO BAD.
Don't bother with this book.
"Unpredictable page turner!"
Would definitely recommend this book to those who like thrillers and plot twists. Book doesn't have a realistic plot, but I still thought it what really good! Loved the twists throughout the end!
"Thrilling mystery Suspense Novel"
I really loved this story from the beginning. A young woman's life is saved by a donor heart. She got more than she bargained for. She also recieves the donor's memories. While trying to get back to her own life, her deceased donor is speaking to her. Time is running out, and will she uncover the mystery of how and why her donor died. This story will keep you guessing, a definite page turner.
"A Wonderfully Crated 'Gift' To The Reader."
A mysterious tale of love and suspense, almost Bridget Jones meets Nancy Drew for adults and with a killer twist that will render you speechless. Thoroughly enjoyable story line that immerses the reader between its pages, leaving you guessing until the final, breathtaking and thrilling twisted ending.
An absolute must read.
The Audible version is narrated to perfection by Jasmine Blackborow.
Please do not waste your time reading this. I do not usually bother with reviews but this was so shockingly bad I have to encourage you not to waste your hard earned cash and time. It's over hyped drivel. story line was juvenile and predictable all characters annoying. so many great books get bypassed for this?
"Gift? No thanks"
Oh boy, 3 hrs to go and hoping for something to happen, lingering...., listening now x2 forward, i will update if needed. Good narrative
"Didn't enjoy it"
Too far fetched, Thought Jenna was very annoying, why would you not go to the police is someone attacked you, or if someone broke into your flat!! What happened to Nathan after she'd drugged him, did her report her to the police and if not why not, what happened about the fact she stole the drugs, has no one still not noticed, many times I was going to give up on this book as it irritated me but I hate to give up on any book, I now regret that!!
A very well written book which keeps you on the edge of your seat. I loved the storyline as well as the twists. ☺
A good read. Plenty of twists and turns. Good characters. Something different with the story line. Recommended read!
"Such a good story"
I found that I had to keep going with this story even when I was meant to be doing other things. I found myself looking forward to getting back to it when the kids were in bed. Recommended to all
Really gripping and different, really loved it! Well performed and a great story with a twist different to the usual.
Worth a listen although not much of a twist that you don't see coming. Enjoyable
A definite page-turner, I knew little of the hype before reading but I was not dissappointed. It verges on the being a horror and a thriller simultaneously. Enjoy!
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