Book Review: Perfect People by Peter James

Perfect People by Peter JamesPerfect People: What it is about

The publisher says: “John and Naomi Klaesson are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but when they find out they are both carriers of a rogue gene, they realize the odds of their next child contracting the disease are high.

Then they hear about geneticist Doctor Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease – even if his methods cost more than they can afford.

His clinic is where their nightmare begins.

They should have realized that something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Now it’s too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant, and already something is badly wrong . . .

Perfect People: What I thought

This is a creepy story about parents who want to avoid having another child with a genetic disease (their first son died of it). They get into contact wit Professor Dettori who can do much more than take out just one faulty gene. But is that what they want?

At some point, they are targeted by a religious group opposing the use of genetic selection. The book becomes a kind of thriller.

For a long time, it’s unclear what Dettori’s reasons are for the business he set up. Is there a secret agenda? When other couples, clients of Dettori, are targeted by the religious group, it’s only a matter of time before the parents, John and Naomi, will be traced and assaulted.

And the result of the genetic manipulation isn’t quite what the parents expected.

A lot of mysterious things are going on in this book. I read it on holiday and kept wondering how the story would continue, tried to think of answers where the book didn’t give them yet.

I loved loved reading this book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (good to very good)

Number of pages: 400

First published: 2011

I got this: free download (Dutch ebook edition)

Genre: science fiction


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14 Responses to Book Review: Perfect People by Peter James

  1. Charlie says:

    Wow, this sounds one heck of a ride. From the summary it sounds a book against the idea, yet I can’t but wonder if it’s more objective?

  2. I do like the sound of this one and it is the first I’ve heard of this one as well, so thanks so much.

  3. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader says:

    Ohhh, this sounds very interesting. I hadn’t heard of this one before, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  4. Athira says:

    Definitely sounds like a thought-provoking book. It would be horrible to have procedures like these in reality – that would make a lot of dystopian fiction come true.

  5. Monika says:

    Wow, sounds like an exciting and fascinating novel!

  6. Uniflame says:

    I read it too and it is one creepy book indeed. Also the attitude of the children adds to that. It left quite an impression.

  7. The Little Reader Library says:

    I’d heard of this one but wasn’t sure exactly what it was about. It sounds good. I really want to find time to read more by Peter James.

  8. Sounds creepy and something that sets you thinking. I love books that do that. Thanks, Judith!

  9. This does sound very creepy. I like the way it opens with the couple just seeking a healthy child, and then leads into genetic manipulation. A lot of ethical problems start that way, with good intentions leading to darker consequences. Thanks for the review!

  10. Marie says:

    Great review! Creepy, indeed. Sounds like something I’d enjoy.

  11. Wow. Honestly when I first read the description I thought “Well that’s too weird to be good.” Not that I’m against fantasy or books depicting the impossible, it just seemed to be quite the plot line. I’m excited to see that you enjoyed it though! Now I need to check it out. 😀

  12. Your review makes this book even more appealing to me than your comments on my 23andme post – I’m going to ensure I read it now. Thanks for drawing it to my attention!

  13. ayoosh says:

    ive read the book and liked it so much it sure left an impression
    but i cannot find how to get the movie of this book..

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