Mother Knows Best
There’s only room for one mother in this family.
Claire Abrams’s dreams became a nightmare when she passed on a genetic mutation that killed her little boy. Now she wants a second chance to be a mother, and finds it in Robert Nash, a maverick fertility doctor ...more
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"Mother Knows Best" is a story about a mother who did everything to have healthy children and did her best to protect them, no matter how they were created! I went in blind and I suggest you do the same. This is not really a mystery, at least it wasn’t for me but it was a really good thriller! I enjoyed it so much! Told in multiple POV, 1st person. It’s a standalone novel; well-written, fast-paced, a page-turner with a satisfying ending, contains short chapters and alternates between Befo ...more
Claire Abram’s dream turned into a nightmare when her beloved son, Colton, died at a young age due to a genetic DNA abnormality. Although her husband, Ethan, is desperate to try again for another child, Claire is reluctant to pass on the defective gene to another child. When Claire is introduced to cutting edge fertility Dr. Robert Nash and his protégé Jillian Hendr ...more
A mother’s worst nightmare, a chance at redemption, and a deadly secret that haunts a family across the generations.
There’s only room for one mother in this family.
Claire Abrams’s dreams became a nightmare when she passed on a genetic mutation that killed her little boy. Now she wants a second c ...more
Claire has a genetic disease that she passed on to her son, who died at 8 years old after spending his life ill and in a wheelchair. With the help of a doctor and the mitochondria of a woman who doesn’t have Claire’s disease, she and her husband Ethan have the opportunity to have a healthy child that is still theirs, but with some help from extra DNA, meaning the child will have three parents, which is illegal.
The suspense of Claire and her new h ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn't planning to read this at all. But after I got copy from netgalley, I gave cursory glance at opening chapter and I was hooked. 5 hours later, I finished the entire book in single sitting.
Abby is unique child who shares not 2 but 3 parents' DNA. 2 Eggs taken and fused to perfection (from 2 donors - 2 mothers) and 1 sperm (1 father) created perfect embryo, past 8 months that frankenbaby is Abby.
Going back and forth, the book is divided ...more
The concept was unique. I did find myself wishing for a bit more insight into the science behind all of this. Instead, we focused more on the obsessive histrionics of one of the people involved in this drama.
I didn't care for the characters - even Abby grated on me after a while.
However, I was still curious enough that I wanted to see how it all would end.
It could be that the various POV characters mixed with the va ...more
We jump back and forth before Claire and her daughter Abby. We see how Claire became the cold heartless women that she is now. We also see Abby trying to find more out about her family history which causes her to find some interesting information out about her mother or the women claiming to be her mother.
It was slow and predictable but I still enjoyed the characters and the story.
Thank you so much to Crooked lane books via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of mother knows ...more
This premise poses serious questions about scientific possibilities and moral boundaries all warped in an engaging suspenseful plot about nature vs nurture and does a mother truly know best? Highly recommended.
Thanks #Netga ...more
This is a really cool premise. It begins with Claire. She lost a son to a rare genetic disorder when he was eight years old. Several years later, she and her husband investigate options for another baby. Claire connects with Robert Nash, badass fertility specialist, and his postdoc student, Jillian. In order to avoid potentially having another child with the same genetic disorder, they create an embryo using both Claire and Jillian’s eggs.
Mother Knows Best is told from a few point of views. We get insight into the past and present with Claire and Jillian (our mother duo) and the present view of Abigail (Frankenbaby). Claire is a woman who has experienced a loss so painful, it haunts her till this very day. Some might say she is heading towards a mental break or relapsing. But the mind and other things can be so eerily deceiving. Jillian is a woman with an IQ that mig ...more
The only thing I didn’t like about this story was the predictability of some of the plot twists and the fact tha ...more
The scientific aspect was easy enough to follow along with and is really very interesting. It definitely made me wonder "what if" this could really happen? The parent aspect tug on my heart strings and had me crying into my kindle. The characters were relatable and I couldn't help but feel everything they ...more
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.
A mother's worst nightmare, a chance at redemption, and a deadly secret that haunts a family across the generations. There's only room for one mother in this family.
Claire Abrams's dreams became a nightmare when she passed on a genetic mutation that killed her little boy. Now she wants a sec ...more
"We do what we can to survive [and] we're stronger for it."
That pretty much sums up this psychological thriller that mixes science with a mysterious stalker and family drama.
After suffering the loss of her son due to a mitochondrial disease that she carries in her DNA, Claire will do anything to have another child--as long as it ...more
What an exciting, wild ride. I have to be honest and say this is definitely not my typical read, but I am so glad I did! I really loved the originality of this and the science fiction aspect was astounding.
I think having this told from 3 different points of view made this such an edge of your seat read as well. We have Claire’s POV the mother who is doing everything in her power to protect her daughter. During Claire’s POV we ...more
Claire lost a child due to a genetic mutation. Now she wants the chance to try for a healthy child. She seeks out a well known fertility doctor and his assistant to create a baby with three genetic parents. The story flips back and forth in time from conception to 10 years later when Claire and her family are on the run. This book may not be the most intense one I have read but it is one of the most interesting. I like that we get to know each character’s perspective on this illegal exp ...more
Author: Kira Peicoff
Length: 288 Pages
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: 10 September 2019
Genre: Medical Fiction, Thriller, Drama
My Take: 5/5
The story is about Claire, a person who is obsessed to become a Mother and to have a healthy baby since she lost her first kid due to genetical defect. The story is about Abby, the healthy girl child which claire has. Ethan, Claire’s husband and the one who wishes to run by set rules. Nash, a genius scientist. Jillian, ...more
I had a feeling this was going to be a breathtaking experience and I was right. Coundn't be any more right about a book. What did I just read?
This book was really great. I love family dramas, and if there are crazy scientist stuff going on I'll certainly pick it up. Glad I did! It’s a completely captivating read and I couldn't put it down for a minute because every chapter kept me wondering wtf was going to happen next.
Kira Peikoff knows how to ...more
Written by Kira Peikoff
Review written by Diana Iozzia
"Mother Knows Best" is a gripping and tense new thriller by an author new to me. This book falls into the psychological thriller category but also incorporates a small aspect of science fiction, allowing it to feel a bit confused during some plot points. In this, we follow a few different main characters, some of whose identities may spoil most of the plot. For the most part, we meet Claire, her husband, and their daughter, ...more
What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, romance and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, ...more
A book with a cool twist that ended up as a disappointment - the thriller part was so cliche! 2 stars.
I have this thing where I can't let a book go once I've started, even if I know straight off the bat it won't be for me. Unfortunately, this happened with Mother Knows Best, a thriller I was initially super excited by but ended up a huge disappointment.
Medical thrillers sound amazing in theory, but this one just didn't live up to the premise. The thriller aspect was boring, predictable and jus ...more
The mystery part that follows didn’t keep up the pace unfortunately. It’s rather easy to predict and at times unbelievable. It wasn’t bad per se but just a let down after a different and clever set up.
Good writing, characters and premise but a little lacking in the thriller aspect. Overa ...more
To avoid passing on a mitochondrial genetic mutation to her second child that killed her first-born in the past, Claire Abram undergoes an illegal, experimental genetic procedure during her in-vitro fertilization. Before she could give birth to the baby, the information about the secret procedure becomes a public knowledge. Trying to avoid the criminal charges and media frenzy around the unborn child, Claire escapes into hiding. Doctor Robert Nash, the fertility specialist inv ...more