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Perfect People

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  2,161 ratings  ·  365 reviews
In Peter James' Perfect People, when a young couple learn they are both carriers of a gene likely to give their children a rare genetic disease, they visit a secret clinic for a ‘designer baby.' But it does not all work out as planned...After the death of their four-year-old son froma rare genetic disorder, John and Naomi Klaesson learn that if they have another baby there...more
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Published September 1st 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published 2011)
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Chris
Initially Perfect People felt like it could have been written by any number of American authors; the style of writing could have come from Linwood Barclay, Michael Connelly or even Jonathan Kellerman. I assumed Perfect People was an attempt by Peter James to increase his popularity and following within the US; Perfect People didn’t have the normal ‘Peter James’ style about it....

Soon however, Peter James stamps his trademark style on the pages – not with his normal police procedural and forensi...more
Wizpunzel
Not having read any of this author’s other novels, I didn’t know what to expect however I found the plot disappointing, the characters implausible - principally the unlikely, naive couple paying almost ½ million pounds for a ‘designer’ baby, because their firstborn son dies from an appalling but wholly imaginary disease (there are already many hideous fatal conditions, so why invent one?), who then continue to lumber through the story making one moronic decision after another. Amazing considerin...more
Andy
Another of my wife's books, read while in India.

I really can't tell why most people are raving about this (note: spoilers present). The central concept is interesting but James doesn't go anywhere with it. We're stuck throughout with an annoying, rather generic couple who make a poor choice and then seem continually perplexed at the unusual consequences of their actions. I appreciate that they were (naively?) expecting something else but it's patently obvious to us as the reader that the mysteri...more
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I hold my hands up; I am a true Peter James fan and in particular am partial to a bit of Roy Grace! For those not aware of Mr James or indeed my lovely hero Mr Grace, start paying attention! Peter James has been writing for many years and his most recent and very popular series of books features Superintendant Roy Grace. Although many of Peters fans, myself included) may prefer the Grace novels, Peter James has been writing stand alone novels since the very early eighties. His latest release ent...more
Colin Andrews
One of the most thought-provoking thrillers I've read. Scary too, not so much in the blood and gore sense, but the in the implications of genetic engineering of the human species to a level far beyond what eugenics in the conventional sense might ever achieve. When the book was first started, designer babies were still a subject for science fiction, but judging by scientific advances made over the past 10 years this fiction could so easily become fact. There is no reason to believe that violent...more
Helen Mcbay
Having read and enjoyed all of Peter's Roy Grace novels I thought I would give his stand alone novel, Perfect People a go.
I struggled to get through the first 50 pages; I don't know if this is because I am not very scientifically minded or if not much was really happening. However, I ploughed on and am glad I did. The novel picked up pace after this with loads going on to keep the pages turning especially in the latter stages of the book.
This book took Peter James 10 years to write and he has qu...more
Diane S.
Perfect People Alternately chilling and heartbreaking, James portrays couples who will do anything to have a child. In this book it is a genetic disease and the loss of the child due to that disease that send Jack and Naomi to a renowned geneticist that is said to perform near miracles. Anything, of course, that can be used to help people can also be taken the other way and used to enrich and pervert the very person who is supposed to be helping the situation. People who swear they are not in it...more
Miles
John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high.
Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease.

At his clinic is where their nightmare begins.

They should have realized something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, h
...more
Boof
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover: It looked eerie and intriguing. Perfect People is a stand-alone thriller which was a perfect place for me to start with Peter James’ books as I have yet to pick up one of the Roy Grace series.

According to the blurb, this book has been 10 years in the planning. When the idea first came to James about writing a book about designer babies, it was just that – an idea. Now it is a reality. That makes reading this book all the scarier – we...more
Cindy Ng
I had high hopes for this book as the topic of genetic engineering and the issues surrounding it really interests me, and reviews all seemed pretty positive. I also really enjoyed the movie Gattaca which is on a similar theme.

However, just a couple of chapters in I couldn't believe how naive the two main characters were, and they seemed to be making stupid decision after stupid decision. This continued throughout the book and really affected my enjoyment of the story but I pushed on, partly bec...more
Bookworm
One of the most thought-proving thrillers I've read. My first thought was that this book should be made into a movie. I can sympathise with John and Naomi. It's nothing wrong wanting to free their next child of genetic disease. If I were them, and presuming I want the chance to have healthy children, I'd go to Dr Dettore too. I felt sorry for them because they put everything on the line and in the end, they didn't get the happy ever after they had hoped to have.

The first few chapters were slow...more
Robin
Peter James steps away from his regular series of novels about detective Roy Grace for this chilling standalone thriller on the theme of genetic manipulation.

John and Naomi's life has been blighted by the death of their son from a disease he inherited from them. They visit maverick scientist Dr Leo Dettore and pay him all their money to have their next child born free of the disease-carrying genes. Alarm bells should ring when he seems keen to add further genetic enhancements, but they are worri...more
Louise
not the usualsort of thing from James, but he pulled off a different style of writing very well.

taking something that is becoming less like science fiction everyday, and giving it a twist like this was clever.

No matter how good the intentions were of the parents, you have to wonder should they have tinkered with mother nature for their designer babies, and were the people they were left with just payback???
Teagan C.
Very good book, interesting premise with characters that had believable questions of morality. Kind of thought provoking in what the future might bring in regards to genetics and "designer babies" and just how close this might really be. Probably not a book for every person though.
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Wat een onverwacht einde zeg!
Net geen vier sterren omdat ik een bepaald gedeelte iets te langdradig vond maar verder een meer dan prima boek!
Ananya
Feb 19, 2013 Ananya rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: People crazy about medical advancements
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Kat
Perfect People begins on a perfectly creepy note. John and Naomi are transported by helicopter to a boat moored outside American waters, in the middle of the night. They see no one other than the staff, even though the boat supposedly carries quite a few passengers who have paid a tonne of money to use the services of geneticist Dr Dettore. Now, for anyone that wasn't consumed by grief and a desperation for a child, this would be too freaky for words, but John and Naomi are both - and they choos...more
Marie
Perfect People is a thriller with a sci-fi twist that delves into the shady world of eugenics. John and Naomi Klaesson are a couple who have been left heartbroken by the death of their son by a horrible hereditary disease. Desperate to have another child, but wanting to be sure the same fate will not befall them again, they hand over their life savings and their bodies to the infamous Dr Dettore and his shady offshore genetics clinic. He promises that he can make their dreams come true and when...more
Jenni
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Pauline Randall
I zipped through this fairly quickly, the short chapters always entice you into reading another few pages! I've read several of Peter James police procedurals and enjoyed them and thought I'd give this one a shot.

To be honest I didn't think the writing style was great, there were quite a few parts where I thought a good editor could have tidied up the text. The plot was an interesting one as we get ever more involved in genetic manipulation however the characters were very two dimensional. The d...more
Barbara Elsborg
I like Peter James so although this book wasn't one I'd normally have read, I bought it because he'd written it. Very different from his police procedurals, this is the story of a couple who want their next child to be free of the gene that killed their first - oh and while the geneticists are at it, how about making it a tall boy, who doesn't need much sleep etc. Though they resist the offers to make a lot of genetic changes, what happens after Naomi goes for her first pregnancy checkup - isn't...more
Shawna
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If you're in the mood for a medical-themed science fiction book, Perfect People fits that description. After the death of their young son from a genetic disease, John and Naomi are so desperate for another child that they turn to a "designer baby" doctor. Although their original wish is simply for their baby to be born healthy, things don't go as planned. This book had me hooked from the first pages. The storyline is believable and sufficiently creepy as it deals with t...more
Diane S.
Alternately chilling and heartbreaking, James portrays couples who will do anything to have a child. In this book it is a genetic disease and the loss of the child due to that disease that send Jack and Naomi to a renowned geneticist that is said to perform near miracles. Anything, of course, that can be used to help people can also be taken the other way and used to enrich and pervert the very person who is supposed to be helping the situation. People who swear they are not in it for the money...more
Mo22
Great escapist read, verges on the 'Midwitch Cuckoos' at times but, don't let that put you off (if it does). It kept me turning the pages, and fully 'deliverd'. Working my way through Peter James's other books now. It would be a great beach paperback, or any holiday read. Parts of it you have to suspend belief, but heck thats what fiction is all about? No one emerges well from it, and it presents a few different sides to the genetic science breakthroughs we read about. It also reads at times lik...more
Vicky Thomasson
This book was interesting. It was intelligently written and the concept was quite frightening. I enjoyed the fact that it made me think, the subjects of eugenics and religion fascinate me. I felt incredibly sorry for John and Naomi and wondered in detail whether I'd be willing to have a 'designer baby' if the opportunity was given to me (I've also lost a child through bad genes). I mostly thought it was quite a good idea for a story, although it took me while to get into it. I absolutely hated t...more
Laura
This book was fantastic, one of the best books I've read for a long time!

The pace of the book considering the subject matter was kept at a good pace and I liked the way that it stayed quite focused on the couple, rather than going off on a tangent!

I also thought that reading a book regarding the subject made a nice refreshing change and having not read any of the authors previous books before (although I do own a couple) I will certainly be doing so in the future.

The only negative I would commen...more
Susan Leonard
i am a big fan of James' Roy Grace detective novels, this is a bit different. very easy to read, James keeps you turning the pages to find out whats going to happen next. a great subject to base a novel on - the ability to genetically engineer your next child - i am sure this is a subject that will be making the news headlines in the near future, and James pursued some interesting ideas. Near the end, the story-line did become a bit unbelievable, but i thought the ending itself (which made me cr...more
Kimberley Jones
this book was recommended to me by my aunty who said it was brilliant. i never usually read this sort of book but thought id give it a go, however after reading it, it just reminded me of why i dont read these sort of books! i spent the whole book very confused as to what on earth was going it. i found it really hard to follow and the whole concept of the book is totally bizarre! even after finishing, i had no idea of what had happened from beginning to end! very strange book, not sure if it was...more
Meera
This was quite a far fetched thriller, but I found it hard to put down once I got started! The author does a good job of describing the topic of designer babies, and it was a bit reminiscent of the Midwich cuckoos- the twins were seriously scary. I wasn't overly keen on the religious fundamentalists storyline, this seemed a bit ridiculous and just was put in to add more tension, and I think the book could have been better if the author hadn't added that layer and focused more on the relationship...more
Linda
Quite a thought provoking read really. I know that Peter does a lot of research into his books, so the idea of designer babies is probably more a reality in the near future than we thought.
When a young couple have their child die because of a gene they both carry, they turn to a doctor who is able to help them choose what traits they want the baby to have. Of course all does not going to plan, and this leads to a real page turner.
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Peter James has been a screenwriter and film producer, and is now the author of best selling crime novels. James has written 25 books, the most recent of which feature Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. His books have been translated into 29 languages. In England they are published by Pan Books and in the US by Carroll & Graf Publishers. James has written supernatural thrillers...more
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