Mother Knows Best

Crooked Lane. Sept. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781643850405. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781643850412. THRILLER
A medical procedure that isn’t actually legal and the ramifications of this experiment propel this latest medical thriller by Peikoff (Die Again Tomorrow; No Time To Die). Claire Adams lost her young boy to a rare genetic disease and is terrified to have another child. With her husband’s blessing, she visits a fertility specialist who promises he can help. She knows that he has developed a procedure in the lab that combines healthy DNA from two different women to form one healthy egg and asks to be the first for the clinical test on a human patient. Eleven years later, a young girl named Abby decides to take one of those DNA tests by mail. Her curiosity will start a cascade that will change her life forever.
VERDICT Peikoff alternates the story between Abby and the events from years earlier while maintaining the suspense. She also can make complex scientific procedures comprehensible for even the nonscientist. Medical thriller fans of Michael Palmer and Robin Cook will want to check this out.

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