What’s it about?
John and Naomi Klaesson are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but when they find out they are both carriers of a rogue gene, they realise the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high.
Then they hear about geneticist Doctor Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease – even if his methods are more than they can afford.
At his clinic is where there nightmare begins.
They should have realised something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Now it’s too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant, and already something is badly wrong…
As I’ve previously said trying a new author can be a challenge. You never know if you’re going to love them or hate them. I ordered this book as I saw on Twitter that the author, Peter James, was visiting a town near me – An Evening with etc. I have to say I was gripped from the first page and I think you know from the first couple of pages if you’re going to like it and I loved it. I couldn’t put it down!
The Klaesson’s visit the floating clinic somewhere off the US coast in order to ‘design’ a new child, however getting rid of the possibility of having one child with ‘faulty’ genes is replaced with a whole other set of challenges. Mix the genetics, a parents desperation and a fanatical religious cult and there’s the makings of a chilling read.
Maybe it’s a sign of the times and is less science fiction but getting more real life and it does make you think of what you’d do in this situation as it’s quite a moral dilemma. Should the parents have left well alone? I did find the characters believable and you do connect with them and wonder if they’ll ever get a break.
Yes, I suppose the couple were naive about the whole situation but you also get how desperate they are. This is gripping and tense in all the right places with lots of twists, it does remind me a little of Dan Brown books.
Some of the science is a little mind boggling, you just have to read it and not try to understand it! There must have been an enormous amount of research that went into this. Don’t be put off thinking it’s all science and genetics, there are some humorous parts, in particular I’m thinking of the scene when Naomi asks Luke to fetch her paracetamol for a headache, he’s confused and wants to know whats wrong with her legs!! 🙂
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely read another James novel. Read if you’re a James fan or lover of thrillers or fancy something different. Loved it!!
Paperback and Kindle version available via Amazon Perfect People
p.s further blog post to follow shortly on An Evening with Peter James