The Gift: The gripping psychological thriller everyone is talking about

The Gift: The gripping psychological thriller everyone is talking about

by Louise Jensen


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ISBN-13: 9781786810977
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 304,104
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Gift: The gripping psychological thriller everyone is talking about 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Lost some sleep as I had to keep reading.
reneewellwood More than 1 year ago
The Gift by Louise Jensen Publisher: Bookouture 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 close to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s family is hiding some dark secrets… Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they are only telling her half of the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She has been in Spain since her sister’s death but something about her not being there doesn’t add up. 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 find out the truth about everything but, it could cost her everything, her loved ones, her sanity, even her life. The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder? I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend reading this psychological thriller. In this book there was a lot of things going on. Louise really brought the characters to life, especially main character Jenna.The book always kept me wanting to read it but about half way through I could just not put it down. I was not expecting what led up to the ending. This is the second book that I have read by Louise Jensen and it definitely will not be my last! Looking forward to reading more of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mildly entertaining but never able to care about the main character. She seems whiny and self-centered at times. It was hard to care about what happened to her. I stuck it out to the end of the book out of curiosity but I was glad when it was over
tschnitzler More than 1 year ago
I love the idea of cellular memory used throughout this book, and how this cellular memory leads Jenna to solving the mystery of her donor's death. Fascinating read, albeit quite "out there".
wvteddy More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading mysteries with a medical twist so I was very excited to receive a free copy of this book through Netgalley. The book starts as Jenna is recovering from a heart transplant and is suffering from depression. She is obsessed with knowing about her donor and contacts her family. Callie, the donor, was killed in a car accident, but things don't add up for Jenna. She starts having strange dreams and wakes up convinced they are not dreams but memories, Callie’s memories. Research introduces her to the idea of cellular memory, which hypothesizes that memories reside in cells throughout the body. She is convinced that Callie’s memories have been passed on to her with the transplant and that Callie is trying to tell Jenna that her death was not an accident. She begins to investigate and puts herself in danger. The suspense ratchets up and the ending was completely unexpected to me. I found this to be an enjoyable mystery with likeable characters. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Jensen’s work.
Rag_Doll More than 1 year ago
The gift of life. A heart donated to a dying young woman, Jenna, gives her her life back. But what about where the heart came from, someone had to die to be able to donate it, and what about their family. “Oh Jenna. That's completely unethical. How did you tract them? I'm going to have to report this, you know” “You know it isn't encouraged . . . it can be incredibly distressing for everyone” With the internet and social media it is very easy to find almost every accident and death and trace who they were and where they are from. Jenna has been experiencing dreams and visions which seem so very real to her, although they have actually happened. Some of the visions are a bit scary and she feels that her donor, Callie, was being chased, was in danger and that the accident she was killed in might not have been an accident. There's a lot of speculation of whether cells have memory and Louise Jensen has given us a good fictional story based on Jenna's donated heart having memory of its life when it belonged to Callie. There are some amazing stories out there – just Google it – and this is a clever concept to use to write about the unfolding of a crime.
lakraft More than 1 year ago
This was a great story that grabs your attention quickly and keeps it's pace well. You get to know all the characters quite well so it's easy to follow along. There are twists throughout that keep you guessing and the end is great and not as I expected. I can't wait to read more from this author and would recommend her highly.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
What if a transplant organ retained the memories of its original owner? And what if that person needed you to know or do something before they could rest? This is the premise of The Gift. Jenna was dying from a viral infection that attacked her heart when the perfect donor heart became available. Months after recovery, she’s trying to come to terms with all that has happened to her when she starts having weird dreams and feeling as though someone is watching her. The meds she is on are pretty powerful with crazy side effects, and she and her therapist blame it on the meds at first. However, Jenna can’t ignore the feeling that her new heart is trying to tell her something about the donor, something important. And she can’t ignore it. The more she digs into the death of her donor, the more she believes that she’s onto something, but it also becomes apparent that she is putting her life in danger by pursuing it. The concept was a little bit of a stretch, but it is intriguing and is excellent fodder for this type of book. The story was properly intense and there were definitely moments where I was so caught up in it that my heart was racing…not something that is easily accomplished, I assure you. And the ending was all a great surprise to me, which I loved. I don’t mind figuring it out early on if the book is well written, but I do love being taken for a ride and not being able to pin down a direction. It’s so much more fun when you think you know what’s around the bend, only to find yourself completely off the rails. How is this for a recommendation: before I’d even finished, I went looking for the author’s other book, The Sister, and purchased it. I think that about says it all, doesn’t it? Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent suspense thriller
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Jenna is recovering from a heart transplant. But things in her life are confusing and some of them hurtful. She drives her boyfriend, Sam, away because she can't have children. She doesn't want to tie him down because he's always wanted a family. Her father has had two heart attacks .. probably due to the stress over Jenna's health ... and her mother and father have separated. On top of everything else, she has a constant feeling of being watched, followed. And it's almost to the point that she's afraid to sleep. She's having strange dreams, hallucinations, or maybe it's paranoia because of all the medications she is taking. Jenna does something not recommended by her doctors or her therapists. She contacts the family of her donor.. a girl named Callie. And even though they seem happy to meet her, she finds that they are a family of secrets ... dark truths. How did Callie die? Was it an accident ... or the perfect murder? Jenna reacts so strongly to Callie's family.. especially her boyfriend. She develops a love of strawberries... Callie's favorites. Is Callie's heart showing Jenna what happened to her? Can Jenna find the truth before the truth finds her? No one believes her ... and she has no one she can trust. This is a compelling, gripping psychological thriller. The suspense is palpable and it's hard to put this book down. As I was reading I could feel her fear.. especially when she's doubting her own sanity. Her best friend, her parents, her ex-boyfriend ... she feels they are all lying to her about everything. There are some twists and turns along the way ... with one major twist that changes everything. Highly recommended! I wish to thank the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for an advance copy of this novel. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.