Mother Knows Best Book Review

Mother Knows Best Book Review

Title: Mother Knows Best
Author: Kira Piekoff
Published: September 10, 2019, Crooked Lane Books
No. of Pages: 288
Cover Price: $26.99 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

Bestselling author, Kira Peikoff is a great storyteller with an amazing imagination. Not only does she have a degree in Journalism, but also holds a masters in Bioethics, which makes her perfect to pen edge-of-the-seat medical thrillers. Mother Knows Best is an excellent, nail-biting thriller with building suspense starting in the first chapter and not ending until the dénouement.

Claire Abrams has a genetic mutation which she passed on to her first child who died when he was eight years old. Claire and her professor husband want another child, but Claire isn’t willing to try because of her genetic mutation. However, Claire meets with Robert Nash, a rogue, but brilliant, doctor who is famous for helping women conceive, and although it’s unprecedented, and illegal, talks him into using his expertise and his assistant, Jillian’s breakthrough experiments and research results to help Claire conceive with part of Claire’s eggs and addition of a mother’s egg that doesn’t have the genetic mutation. The way Peikoff explains it in the book, it makes sense and seems very plausible. The problem is that Claire’s husband finds out and exposes what has happened; Dr. Nash disappears and Jillian is arrested and serves time in prison. Claire and her husband break up, Claire disappears, and she has the baby. The baby grows up with parents that stay out of the limelight so they won’t be discovered, but Jillian is bitter, and tries to ruin Claire’s and her baby’s life.

Peikoff is one of the best medical thriller authors in modern fiction, partly because her writing is excellent and easy-to-follow, and partly because she thinks up bizarre medical scenarios and makes them seem like something that could actually happen. Her previous novels are worth reading, and after reading Mother Knows Best, most readers will want to pick up everything she has written. Highly recommended, this is a great novel.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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