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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 chance to be a mother, and finds it in Robert Nash, a maverick fertility doctor
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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    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
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    Chelsea Humphrey
    Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    What an exciting, original psychological thriller! You all know I love a good science fiction, and this book truly felt as such, since the science aspect is so well developed and explored. While the ending does become a tad predictable, I don't feel like it took away from the overall enjoyment of the book, as the main focus is on what a brilliant concept the author has crafted. Highly recommended to those who enjoy reads beyond the scope of reality (or is it *wink wink*), and I am looking forwar ...more
    Nazanin
    Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: thriller, netgalley, 2019
    4 Stars

    "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
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    Erin Clemence
    Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: kindle, first-reads
    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Mary S. R.
    What. *screams, tears out hair, bites off fingers, hits head into the wall* How HOW THE HELL did I get accepted for an ARC of this? *walks into the ocean while staring at the horizon and drowns. The end.*



    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
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    Theresa Alan
    May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This novel gets a lot of points for originality.

    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
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    Monika Sadowski
    Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Easy and quick read. Subject very interesting – genetic engineering in humans. Mother will do anything to protect her child and then the child grows up and wants some answers. I enjoyed this fast-past psychological thriller.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
    ♛ Garima ♛
    Rating:
    5 stars

    Trigger:
    Child mortality

    Short 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
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    OutlawPoet
    May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    So, I confess that I found this book very interesting, and almost never exciting.

    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
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    Rissa
    Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
    Mother Knows Best

    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
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    Lilly
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is an intriguing and gripping psychological thriller which tackles a complex and moral question about creating genetically "perfect children." When a mother losses her baby due to a genetic disorder she participates in questionable experiment with shattering consequences.

    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
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    Figgy
    Aaaand now I have that song from Tangled stuck in my head...



    Thank you, Mary S. R. for the tip on how to get the gif to show up!
    Jamie G
    Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you netgalley for an ARC of Mother Knows Best!
    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.
    Ther
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    Lynne Lambdin
    Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    They say Mother knows best. But sometimes that just isn’t true….

    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
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    Debi Hawkes
    Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    This was an okay read, nicely plotted. The characters were certainly annoying and their actions were a bit unbelievable at times.

    I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Crooked Lane Books in exchange for my honest review.
    Haley Campbell
    Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this book! I flew through it in one day. JUST ONE! It moves quickly, the story is intriguing, and the switching in POV are done very well. This story brings up some really good questions about genetically modifying a child before conception, and the morality of doing so. The characters were all great, there were plenty of twists and turns, and the ending was pleasant.

    The only thing I didn’t like about this story was the predictability of some of the plot twists and the fact tha
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    Melissa In The City
    Mother Knows Best was a totally unique read for me. It was fused together with bio genetics, the aching need to be a mother, and the will of that mother to protect her child no matter the cost.
    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
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    Janet
    Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Jodi
    Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    When I was in seventh grade, a classmate of mine learned something in biology that would lead her to the discovery that she was adopted. She learned that two blue-eyed people like her parents couldn’t produce a brown-eyed child like herself. The teacher advised her to discuss it with her parents. That, I thought, was fairly dramatic. Many years later, technology has changed. Kira Peikoff’s “Mother Knows Best” begins with 11-year-old Abby participating in a commercial cheek-swab genetic test as p ...more
    Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
    Mother Knows Best starts off kinda slow, but quickly speeds up until you're caught in the middle of the drama of running from the law and hiding yourself and your child.

    "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
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    Angela Staudt
    Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received an ARC from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Melike
    Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Claire carries the gene for mitochondrial disease which caused her to lose her first child when he was 8 years old. Now her husband wants them to try for another baby. Claire teams up with a fertility specialist, Robert Nash, and his research assistant Jillian to conceive the world’s first baby with three parents. Nash is at the forefront of research that eliminates gene markers for deadly diseases. However, it is ethically very questionable and not yet legal. What follows is a lot of drama and ...more
    Cindy
    Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: bookishfirst
    3.5 stars

    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
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    Roma
    Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Title: Mother Knows Best

    Author: Kira Peicoff

    Length: 288 Pages

    Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

    Publish Date: 10 September 2019

    Genre: Medical Fiction, Thriller, Drama

    My Take: 5/5

    Summary:

    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,
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    Gaby Marques
    Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019, netgalley
    Expected publication: September 10th 2019

    4.5/5 stars

    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
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    Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
    Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    "Mother Knows Best"
    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,
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    abdulia ortiz-perez
    Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-reads
    I received this ARC book from Netgalley for honest Review.
    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,
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    Ella Star
    Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
    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
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    Anne
    Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I enjoyed this one as it is a medical thriller that envisions a world where one can change the DNA in an embryo to eliminate birth defects. Clair is devastated that her son died because of an abnormality, so she and her husband seek out a doctor and his assistant who can guarantee them this won't happen. But what does it mean when a child has three parents (2 eggs combined and the sperm from the father)? Daughter Abigail has no idea what her history is or why her mother is acting so strangely. O ...more
    Marianne
    Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    If you’re sick of the traditional thriller then this may be for you. The science aspect was interesting and was written believably enough for this non medical person. That part was good and kept me entertained.

    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
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    Neena
    Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A thrilling ride...

    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
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