After a successful transplant Jenna wants to know everything about Callie.
When Jenna interacts with people from Callie's life, strange things start to happen to her heart. She keeps getting dreams, nightmares and flashbacks from another life she doesn't know. Is she experiencing Callie's memories? What is Callie trying to tell her? Is there more to her death? Noone will listen to her. Noons believes what she is Jenna needs a heart transplant and a donor heart is found from a girl named Callie.
Noons believes what she is saying. Everyone is telling her to leave it alone but Jenna can't leave it alone. Jenna is a complexed and well developed character. Louise Jensen really brought her to life.
I thought it was a great story with a very interesting idea. It was far from predictable.
It kept me guessing to the end. I found it to be a quick read. I want to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. View all 28 comments.
The book is still fresh in my mind since I just finished today. Maribeth actually reminded me of Bella from Twilight with "flame colored hair", but she's a little more rational and has better self-control. He actually kills another young Resistance member to draw out Wisty and her cohorts. In the previous book, Whit merged with his spirit girlfriend, Celia. Showing Is there truth behind this theory?
Jan 22, Gary rated it really liked it. This is an excellent thought provoking novel by author Louise Jensen. This novel is a gripping psychological thriller that steadily builds up the tension throughout. The lead character Jenna is hospitalised with an heart condition and is in urgent need of a transplant when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. While recovering in hospital after the transplant she decides to end her relationship with her boyfriend Sam and is determined to start a new life.
After being discharged fro This is an excellent thought provoking novel by author Louise Jensen. After being discharged from hospital Jenna suffers from strange dreams and panic attacks and focuses on trying to find out more about her donor Callie and how she died. She contacts Callie's family and tries to uncover the truth behind her death by getting close to them.
There are some twists and turns and also the subject of cellular memory which is a very interesting side issue. All in all I enjoyed this novel very much and will look out for more from this author in the future. I would like to thank Net Galley and Bookouture for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Dec 07, Linda Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , read-in 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..
On top of everything else, she has a constant feeling of being watched, followed. And it's almost to the point that she's Jenna is recovering from a heart transplant. And it's almost to the point that she's afraid to sleep.
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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.. And even though they seem happy to meet her, she finds that they are a family of secrets How did Callie die? Was it an accident Jenna reacts so strongly to Callie's family..
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 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.. Her best friend, her parents, her ex-boyfriend There are some twists and turns along the way Highly recommended! Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own. View all 12 comments. Dec 24, Melisa rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , thriller , arc. Louise Jensen has penned another gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller that I could not put down. I have used words such as "panic inducing" to describe my feeling while reading this - definitely will make your heart pound!
In the end, I couldn't suspend belief in regards to the topic of cellular memory enough to truly appreciate this story. I had quite a few "no way" moments while reading. Jensen is a truly talented thriller author, I very much enjoyed her previous book, The Sister, and loo Louise Jensen has penned another gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller that I could not put down. Jensen is a truly talented thriller author, I very much enjoyed her previous book, The Sister, and look forward to all her other works even though this one slightly missed the mark for me.
View 2 comments. Jan 02, Malia rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-suspense.
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, a This is my second book by Louise Jensen, and it won't be my last. 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.
Nov 25, Rachel Hall rated it liked it. Louise Jensen has taken a relatively unexplored medical concept, that of Cellular Memory, a theory which supports the concept of the cells of organs being capable of storing memories as opposed to solely the brain and explored it intelligently. Given that more and more experts are supporting this hypothesis and that is has neither been conclusively proved or disproved, I was intrigued to see which direction the novel would take. The story opens with thirty-year-old veterinary nurse, Jenna McCauley, approaching the six-month anniversary of having received a heart transplant after a severe bout of viral myocarditis.
Pushing her loyal boyfriend away, experiencing panic attacks and on a cocktail of medication and immunosuppressants, at her weekly sessions with counsellor, Vanessa, she tells of her desire to meet her donors family. Contrary to the guidelines on such matters, Jenna obtains the address of her donors family by way of a private investigator and institutes a meeting to learn more about the person whose death has given her a second chance at life. The Gift certainly suggests some avenues for further exploration, from the extent to which this involvement with a donors family is ethically permitted to its impact from a mental health perspective.
I felt I had a gained a real understanding of what was driving Jenna and her increasing fixation on learning about her donor, but I was somewhat dismayed that Callie was portrayed as a little too good to be true and I never really felt much of a sense of her throughout the story. Between the chapters focusing on Jenna and her attempt to rebuild her life, italicised extracts capture the nightmares that disrupt her sleep and the triggers for her increasing paranoia, all of which are tacitly implied as being memories belonging to Callie.
A fast and engaging read, undoubtedly less emotive than I had expected but I would be interested in reading more fiction based around this theory. A solid novel with evidence of genuine research medical and psychological and a marked improvement on The Sister. Whilst I felt that the direction the novel proceeded in was signposted rather too blatantly and the upcoming twists foreshadowed well in advance, the tight narrative and forward momentum held my attention until the denouement, which disappointingly seemed to conclude rather too abruptly and neatly for my liking.
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