by Susan Spindler

Reviews of Surrogate

‘Already tipped as one of the most gripping reads of the year’

‘Clever and compelling. I loved it’
Jane Shemilt

‘Moving and exciting and moral – immensely intelligent’
Tessa Hadley

‘This novel kept me reading late into the night, unable to stop while dreading what would come next. A keen examination of mother-daughter relationships and a riveting journey of self-discovery has been crafted into a propulsive and compulsive read.’
Fanny Blake, Daily Mail

‘Both a thoughtful read, exploring mother-daughter relationships, marriage and ageing, and an absolute belter of a page-turner. One to tell all your friends about. A tour de force.’

‘Full of drama … An intimate, equitable debut novel … as much about womanhood as it is about motherhood’
The Guardian

‘A fantastic book club choice… a well-researched and compelling’ read.’

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

‘A gripping read on an under-discussed topic for fans of Apple Tree Yard‘

‘A brilliantly structured, fast-paced and addictively compelling read. I loved the< ending most of all’
Rachel Joyce

‘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

‘Fans of “mum noir” are in for a treat.’
Daily Mail List of ‘Books To Curl Up With’ in 2021

‘A gripping exploration of femininity and motherhood’

‘Dark and twisty’
Natasha Harding, The Sun

‘Transgressive and gripping, this book reminds us that we disregard women over fifty at our peril.’
Gabriel Weston

‘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 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 gripping read. I found it hard to put down. Addresses issues of self-identity and how it is shaped by our fertility, which as a woman, mother, and author researching and writing about women's fertility and bodies I found fascinating.’
Dr Pragya Agarwal