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Surrogate by Susan Spindler

Publication Date 01.04.21


Ruth Furnival has built the life she always dreamed of: a stellar career in television, a lovely home, a lawyer husband and two grown-up daughters. But at 54, with an empty nest and the menopause behind her, she feels restless and dissatisfied.

After multiple rounds of failed IVF, her elder daughter Lauren is told that the only way she and her husband can have a child of their own is through surrogacy. So when Ruth discovers that, with the right dose of hormones, she could carry their baby, they agree out of desperation.

At first Ruth is buoyed by a new sense of purpose, but as her pregnancy progresses, long-buried events from the past resurface. Meanwhile Lauren can't contain her corrosive envy. Isolated and alone, Ruth starts to unravel and what began as an act of altruism turns into one of atonement - for which she's willing to risk everything.

Five Star Review

Powerful and beautiful in its prose and vivid characterisation. Surrogate which is a topical psychological drama is a genius of a novel.

I'm finding it difficult to portray just how impactful this book is. From it's introductory slow build up, the tension builds and a sense of panic and foreboding engulfs your emotions.

A beautifully told story of what it means to grow older as a female and of self identity, marriage and purpose. It brought me to tears on more than one occasion.

I devoured this book and highly recommend it.

Everyone will be talking about it soon.

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