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5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, thought-provoking and keeps you on your toes, 30 Oct 2011
This review is from: Perfect People (Hardcover)
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover: It looked eerie and intriguing. Perfect People is a stand-alone thriller which was a perfect place for me to start with Peter James' books as I have yet to pick up one of the Roy Grace series (which I now intend to do).

According to the blurb, this book has been 10 years in the planning. When the idea first came to James about writing a book about designer babies, it was just that - an idea. Now it is a reality. That makes reading this book all the scarier - we may just be looking at our future.

John and Naomi Klaesson live in California and have lost their 4 year old son to a rare genetic disorder which made them watch him die a slow and horrible death. Still young and desperate for another child, the Klaesson's opt for paying a huge sum of money to geneticist Dr Leo Dettore who has promised them that he can prevent this child from being born with the same disorder that killed their son. What soon become apparant is that Dr Dettore can also offer them so much more scope in "designing" their next child.

This book poses so many questions and will undoubtedly make you think about what you would do in the same situation. Being faced with the option to make your child more empathetic (but would that make them a playground bully target?) or allow them to survive on only a few hours per night like many CEOs and politicians do (but would that mean that they may have sociopathic tendancies?) what would you decide? These are the dilemas that also face the Klaessons when going through page after page of tick-box options. The Klaessons are normal people, they have normal jobs, they live in a normal house and they only thing they really want is a disease-free child...but does that mean that they can't be tempted by anything else?

What makes this book so compelling is that it becomes apparant pretty early on that something isn't quite right. It's so difficult for me to be say anything more about the plot as it really would spoil it, but what I will say is that with fairly short chapters that have a tendancy to end at a point where you can't possibly put the book down, then this makes for one migthy page-turner.

Verdict: An amazing thriller. One that will make you question what you would do, one that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and one that has sufficient twists to keep you on your toes and not get too comfortable...
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2012 21:36:37 GMT
Granny Gwen says:
I got this book ONLY because it is by Peter James. So far I have read only the first 25 pages of this book and it is so different from any Peter James that I have read before I was keen to check if this is in fact the same Peter James who writes so compellingly in the Roy Grace books. After reading this opinion I know I am in for another great PJ read. Can't wait to get back to it. Thank you Boof for this excellent review and for not giving anything away. Just whetting the appetite!

Posted on 11 Jul 2012 18:33:22 BDT
amd says:
This has to be the worst book i have ever had the misfortune to read. It started off ok however rapidly deteriorated into utter rubbish. I purchased this book after reading your review, can you give me a refund?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 17:28:54 BDT
By Shaz says:
All I can say I am glad it is printed on recycle paper what a load of rubbish

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 19:44:06 BDT
I have throughly enjoyed reading previous work by this writer, now having read such an interesting intriguing review I am about to down-load this new departure. I was a midwife/health visitor in a previous life so I can fully understand the terrible heartache of finding your precious new baby has a life-ending genetic disorder. Very quickly the blame game begins, the if-onlys, the what-ifs, the list becomes endless. So it is easy to understand and empathise with parents seeking drastic solutions and getting caught up in further dilemmas. I am looking forward to it already........
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