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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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Kindle Edition, 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
    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  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019, thriller, netgalley
    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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    Katie B
    I'll go ahead and bump this one up to 3.5 stars but it was a tough decision because I do have mixed feelings about this book. It was a quick read that did hold my interest but it got too outlandish for my taste towards the end. This might sound weird but if the author took away some of the psychological thriller aspects of the story and made this a straight up fiction book exploring ethical issues, I probably would have enjoyed it more.

    Claire Abrams's son died due to a genetic mutation. She want
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    Meredith
    Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Frankenbabies and Crazies!

    Mother Knows Best is a psychological thriller about a controversial scientific experiment that involves genetically modifying an embryo to eliminate genetic mutations by creating a three-parent baby.

    After burying her 8-year-old son who died of mitochondrial disease, Claire Abrams vows not to have another child. She doesn't want to pass on the disease that killed so many in her family. That is until she hears of Dr. Robert Nash, who is experimenting with the possibili
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    Erin Clemence
    Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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  ·  review of another edition
    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  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Dennis
    Just because I'm giving Mother Knows Best 3 stars, don't think that I didn't enjoy it. While very predictable, it still was a fun and very fast-paced read! It follows the same mystery/thriller format that readers are used to, which could either work for or against you, depending on the type of book you like to pick up. Within 25% into the story, I knew exactly what was going to happen—and it happened. That being said, Kira Peikoff's writing is awesome and I would 100% pick up another book by h ...more
    ♠️ TABI ♠️
    Jul 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to ♠️ TABI ♠️ by: Mary S. R.
    Shelves: hypewagon, netgalley
    not a fan of thrillers but I'm a fan of Mary S. R. and I pretty much read whatever she tells me is good xD
    Figgy
    Jul 17, 2019 added it
    Review to come.

    This was a buddy read with Mary S. R. and it was a good one for this purpose... lots of twists to try and figure out.

    Mary figured out one of the twists, and I figured out another (early on, but the book had me second-guessing myself the rest of the book).

    The Rapunzel themes were minimal, and I predicted one of the biggest twists to the book, but it was an interesting read and a speculative story set around existing tech, and built around the actually progresses in that tech back
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    OutlawPoet
    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
    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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    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!
    Lilly
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Lynne Lambdin
    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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    Kelsea
    I’ve been sitting with my thoughts on this book for a few days now, but I think I’m finally ready to review it!

    I was hooked on this story from the first chapter - and it became even more interesting as I realized there were two timelines and multiple POVs, including opposing characters’ POVs! I always find that fun. There is a lot going on in this story from start to finish — the fast pace and continual reveals kept me turning the page until I finished the book, in just two sittings.

    This is bein
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    Sydney
    Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Oh where do I start?! There’s the beautiful cover, the fascinating premise, the heart-pounding suspense… I loved it!. The story is told in alternating viewpoints and the pace never once slows down. The characters were realistic, but not necessarily likable, which did affect me at points when I felt annoyed with them or bothered by something that didn’t particularly make sense. But that’s just a personal preference and I would still highly recommend this suspenseful book! Although the ending was ...more
    Jamie G
    Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Debi Hawkes
    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  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Cindy
    Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Richelle Robinson
    Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    * I received a review copy from Amazon Vine and voluntarily provided an honest review. This does not affect the opinion of the book or the content of the review.*

    My thoughts:
    The cover caught my attention and the blurb sounded different and original which made me want to read this book. This was my first time reading this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked certain characters and loathe other characters as I read. I was able to see the twists early on which made the book a little pred
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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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    Angela Staudt
    Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Janet
    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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    Melike
    Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Jodi
    Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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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