The Baby Thief Paperback – 1 Sep 2010
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About the Author
L.J. Sellers is an award-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series: Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, and Liars, Cheaters & Thieves. Her novels have been highly praised by Mystery Scene, Crimespree, and RT Reviews, and the series is a Kindle bestseller. L.J. also has four standalone thrillers: The Sex Club, The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Suicide Effect. When not plotting murders, she enjoys performing standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She’s also been known to jump out of airplanes.
Top Customer Reviews
I particularly enjoyed the storyline of The Baby Thief, as it's a bit different to the thrillers I've read before. Overall, I found it to be a compelling and enjoyable read, with plenty of page-turning moments. Well done, L.J - keep the books coming.... you've got a new fan!
I do like crime fiction now and again, so I probably would have still read this had this been advertised as crime (and would probably be less disappointed) but I have read both better romantic thrillers and better crime stories.
Elizabeth herself wants to have a baby but she can not conceive a child herself due to pelvic infections she had has a child. These were probably caused by the fact she was sexual abused by her adopted father. So when she finds out that Jenna is her biological sister she sees this as the perfect opportunity for her to create the perfect baby for herself using her expertise and David Carmichael who she had met at medical school.
David Carmichael or the Reverend Carmichael as he was now known as was running a cult church he called, The Church of the Reborn. A religious commune mainly made up of female members. The church was twenty-five miles away from the nearest town hidden away in an isolated fortress. Not many people knew about the churches location, making it the perfect place for David's other work. David was also running a secret underground test-tube baby clinic to impregnate the women in the church using sperm stolen from the clinic by Elizabeth. David had become obsessed with creating life. David owes everything to Elizabeth. Elizabeth had kept him from losing his medical licence and going to jail in the past.
So when Elizabeth tells David she wants to kidnap Jenna and harvest her eggs and fertilize them and transfers them into her body, David as not choice but to go along with her plans.Read more ›
I think the cult-like compound could have been explored to a greater extent. Perhaps even researched more extensively to educate readers on the oppressive and abusive culture towards women and children in these religious sub-cults.
Taking it one step further into the genetic gender screening of sperm to enable the birth of one specific gender is a point that also needs to be noted. This is common practice for couples/people and even some counties willing to pay the price to a get a genetically perfect child.
Again that concept was just skimmed over.
I was not only a tad annoyed, but quite horrified at Eric watching a female be kidnapped off the street in broad daylight and hesitate to report it to the police.
This could have been so much more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an exciting gripping tale of kidnap. Draws you in from the very beginning. Great characters and twists. Begging to be read.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very cleverly written. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Not her usual detective (I love Jackson) but still fast paced and grippingPublished 11 months ago by Jojofaffy
Really enjoyable read. Couldn't put this book down once l'd started it.Published 11 months ago by AngelCookiex
A gripping book. A real page turner. I really enjoyed this different story - away from the usual crime story.Published 12 months ago by Sandra