Perfect People Hardcover – 27 Oct 2011
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Peter James is acknowledged as being one of the top thriller writers in the UK, and his series of crime novels featuring DI Roy Grace are the best of the current genre. But in his new novel PERFECT PEOPLE he has proved he can depart from the formula and break the mould.
It gives a vividly detailed description o f the process involved in creating a genetically modified baby. A young couple are grieving over the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but fear it might inherit the same disease. From the moment they meet the sinister geneticist who offers to create a new child from their cells, the pages just keep on turning themselves. The ending is so horrifyingly scary that I was unable to sleep properly for several nights. --Joan Collins picked PERFECT PEOPLE for her Book of the Year in this week's Mail on Sunday
'As ever, James writes beautifully, maintaining the pace with short, punchy chapters. But it's his firm grasp of the moral issues surrounding designer babies that makes Perfect People so satisfying – and so unsettling.' (The Guardian)
'Peter James is mounting a bloody assault on the world of the British crime thriller, taking it by the throat and shaking it vigorously. It's working ...' (The Independent)
'James has produced a suitably breathless fan-pleaser about accelerating evolution.' (The Daily Telegraph)
'The ending is so horrifyingly scary that I was unable to sleep properly for several nights.' (The Mail on Sunday)
'Peter James's clever page-turner Perfect People focuses not on the past but risks for the future.' (The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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To start with I have to admit I did find it a bit slow going but once I started getting into it, I was well and truly gripped.
As a parent I could fully empathise with John and Naomi. To lose a child has got to be one of the worst things in life possible. So to get the chance to have another baby that can be guaranteed to have none of the illnesses that can be passed on in the genes from the parents, well who wouldn't take it?
The author has created a story that is extremely thought provoking. Scientists have come so far and designer babies is something that is probably very possible if not already. I certainly don't agree with people playing god and dictating what a human being is going to be like but the thought of also putting a stop to illnesses that leave devastation in its trail is a very positive part of it.
Having a child should be some of the happiest times in a parents lives, but for one, John and Naomi are still trying to recover from the fact that even though they only wanted one child they have twins, also they have to get used to the fact that Phoebe and Luke are unlike any other child of their age.
Perfect People after the slow start is one that literally had me on my seat. Not only does John and Naomi have to learn to cope with being parents to two highly intelligent twins, they are also living in fear as there are people out there who are very much against what they have done.
This is one story that I won't forget in a hurry. It would also make a brilliant film. John and Naomi's story is one that will really pull on your heart strings and I found it quite an emotional read towards the end.
I couldn't imagine what the ending would be but wow what an ending it was, never guessed it and it gave me shivers on the back of my neck.
Can thoroughly recommend this author you will not be disappointed.
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