Mother Knows Best
Hello my fearless fans! Read the summary of this book and tell me if you would be able to pass it up:
“One father. Two mothers. One genetically engineered baby.
In Kira Peikoff’s domestic thriller, MOTHER KNOWS BEST (Crooked Lane Books: September 10, 2019), a heartbroken mother is certain having a healthy child is more important than the controversial process it takes to create one. Bioethics battles human longing in this story of the medically possible versus the moral.
Three years after her son died from a genetic defect, he inherited from her, Claire Abrams is desperate for another baby. And she knows a secret. A trailblazing fertility specialist has developed a procedure to combine healthy DNA from two different women to form one healthy egg. Claire’s husband, Ethan, a member of the President’s Bioethics Committee, would never agree to genetic engineering. But he can’t be outraged if he doesn’t know.
Dr. Rob Nash and his brilliant assistant, Jillian Hendricks, have engineered a way to implant healthy genes from one egg into the shell of another. Claire is the perfect human to test this on—she’ll risk anything to have a healthy baby. Only the three of them will know about this illegal procedure. But when the silence is broken, someone will pay the price.
When federal agents arrest Rob and Jillian, Claire must run. But where? The entire country is searching for the pregnant woman carrying the FrankenBaby. When the trial begins, Jillian is the only one who appears in court and the only one sentenced to prison. Her life, and her bright future, is over. Biding her time from behind bars, she makes plans and waits.
Eleven-year-old Abby Burke is just an ordinary girl living in a small town with her stay-at-home mom and carpenter dad, leading a normal life. But when a school genetics project reveals that Abby shares DNA with a relative, she knows nothing about, their world explodes.
Who is Abby Burke? And who is this stranger threatening to destroy her family? It’s Michael Crichton meets Gillian Flynn in this technological heart-stopper that asks how far a mother should go to keep her child safe.”
Right?!?!?! So, I asked to be sent the book. And I just finished reading it. Oh wow, what a whopper of a tale. Truly a fantastic psychological thriller that is such a fascinating page turner, it put philosophical questions up against the letter of the law, throwing in every kind of personality trait you can want in a thriller. While staying in the focus of keeping the reader in suspense, this author expertly binds incredible moments of overwhelming emotion with instants of pure tension, action, anger, surprise and even outrage.
The plot being something so seemingly outrageous yet, it’s actually very plausible and therefore, to me, increases the creepiness and the eeriness by a factor of at least ten. Not to mention that this author really seems to have taken the time to really think through each character. Targeting their core, their souls, their personalities, their motivations, not just letting the reader inside their minds, but actually PULLING the reader into their worlds.
There’s Claire and Ethan, a couple desperate to recreate what they lost in their first child.
There’s Jillian and Rob, two doctors desperate to make their mark on human history.
And Abby, a child stuck in the middle of all the crazy.
This was a fabulous novel to zip through, once I finally got to it on my reading list. I was so happy I was sent this one. That doesn’t always turn out well, ya know? Some of the free stuff isn’t good. This, I would have paid for. This is worth it. Don’t miss out on this one. It’s a gripping story that will have you on the edge of your seat all the way to the last page.
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About the Author
KIRA PEIKOFF is the author of Living Proof, No Time to Die, and Die Again Tomorrow. She has a degree in journalism from New York University and a master's in bioethics from Columbia University. She is the editor-in-chief of leapsmag.com, a digital magazine about innovation and ethics in the life sciences. She has also contributed articles to The New York Times, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Nautilus, Slate, Cosmopolitan.com, and other outlets. Peikoff is a proud member of The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, PEN America, and Mystery Writers of America. Visit her online at www.kirapeikoff.com.
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