Surrogate

Susan Spindler

300 pages April 2021 Copies in English Original publisher: ViragoThriller

There’s nothing like a mother’s love…

“Moving and exciting and moral – immensely intelligent.” — Tessa Hadley

Beth Furnival is a successful television executive with a perfect life: a nice house in London, a lawyer husband and two grown-up daughters. But at 55, with an empty nest and menopause behind her, she feels restless.

After multiple rounds of failed IVF, her eldest daughter Lauren has been told that the only chance for her and her husband to have their own child is surrogacy. Overwhelmed by the legal grey zones and expense, they are running out of options. So when Beth discovers that even at her age, with the right hormones, she could carry their baby, out of desperation they agree.

As Beth’s unlikely pregnancy progresses, her life disintegrates. Her husband moves out, her TV company is near bankruptcy, and Lauren can’t contain her corrosive envy. Isolated and suffering from complications, Beth starts to unravel, with life-threatening consequences…

Reviews

“Fans of ‘mum noir’ are in for a treat.” – Mail Online

“A gripping take on an under-discussed topic for fans of Apple Tree Yard.” – Cosmopolitan UK

“A fascinating, compulsive and quietly transgressive novel that casts a keen, exacting eye over the dynamics of a family in extremis.” – Jessica Moor, author of Keeper

“A darkly humorous, thoughtful and thought provoking novel, along with being an absolute ‘up all night’ compulsive read. I loved it.” – Kate Hamer

“Dark and twisty.” – The Sun

“A brilliantly structured, fast-paced and addictively compelling read. I loved the ending most of all.” – Rachel Joyce

“Unsparingly probes to the messy heart of mother/ daughter relationships. Clever and compelling. I loved it.” – Jane Shemilt

“A visceral and intimate study of the mechanics of womanhood, both physically and emotionally, which will leave you asking questions about yourself and how far love stretches. I especially loved the ending.” – Araminta Hall

“A piercingly honest view of the flesh and blood of women’s lives and the imperfect tangles of family relationships. These real, believable and maddeningly blind characters make us feel for them more and more as the story gathers pace towards a brilliant heart-stopping conclusion.” – Maggie Gee

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