Sunday, 15 June 2014

REVIEW: Perfect People, by Peter James





Rating: ★★★★★

(spoiler free review)

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Summary: After a young couple, Naomi and John, suffer the lost of a child due to a genetic disease, they join the current fad of "designer babies." This being where they attend a geneticist, Dr Leo Dettore who does various tests on the parents and can create babies down to the specifics the parents choose; this being anything from the sex and hair colour, to the rate of maturity and how moody the child will be as a teenager and how much sleep they would need. 

However, things begin to go awry for the couple from early on as they discover the doctor got the sex of their baby wrong, but that is only the beginning of where he deceived the couple... and it is too late to turn back. 

Meanwhile, religious fanatics are out to kill Dr Dettore and all of his "designer babies" that he has had a hand in creating. John and Naomi now have to deal with the consequences and come to terms with the fact they initiated their own nightmare, whilst trying to save what the Dr created for them, even if it is ruining their life. 


My Thoughts:
Wow! I absolutely loved this book so much. 
It took 10 years to produce and when the story began, the concept of designer babies was a futuristic idea, but now they are becoming a thing of the present and that adds to the effect of this novel. 

The reader is brought along the emotional journey of a living nightmare with the couple, as they deal with what they have encountered. It is a frightening reminder of how far science is advancing and what can actually be achieved and also the detrimental consequences of when the scientific processes are left in the wrong hands.

There are so many plot-twists throughout this novel that will leave you shocked and appalled at the ruthlessness of the characters and the distressing and traumatic events that occurs. 

This is a captivating thriller that has added impact due to the plausibility of the story. With a suitable balance of science and story, this is a whirlwind of a novel and impossible to put down from the start! 

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