Book Review: Perfect People by Peter James
June 19, 2013 14 Comments
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