Dec 05, 11
Read in December, 2011
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 worried when it seems that he's got the sex of their son wrong – they're expecting a girl. Then they discover they're going to have twins. How else did Dettore genetically deceive John and Naomi?
With crazed Christian fundamentalists out to kill Dettore and his genetic 'spawn', the novel becomes a disturbing vision of a possible genetic nightmare of the future as well as a frantic journey with the parents, who battle to stay safe and be loving, and loved, parents.