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The Sirens of Suspense



Former journalist Kira Peikoff’s first novel, LIVING PROOF, is polarizing. I’m guessing most people who read it will find it a strong debut—as long as they can get past the jacket copy. Why? Because the core of the novel centers around a highly divisive political and religious issue: stem cell research. Generally not a topic known for neutrality.

LIVING PROOF takes place fifteen years in the future, when the destruction of an embryo is now considered first-degree murder. A blurring of the lines between church and state prompt the creation of a special department, the U.S. Department of Embryo Preservation (DEP), specifically to police fertility clinics. The book’s protagonist, doctor and fertility clinic owner Arianna Drake, has been flagged by the DEP because of a sudden spike in the popularity of her clinic. Although everything seems legal on the surface, the DEP chief’s instincts tell him differently. He sends Trent, a former journalist and current DEP agent, is sent undercover to try to find the reason behind the spike. As Trent gets closer to Arianna, what he learns changes his world, and what’s at stake could change the world as we know it.

Not only does the book force the reader to think about larger issues, but the journey of the characters, and their change in ideology and purpose as the narrative proceeds is so multi-layered and advanced for a debut novel, and worth reading for that alone. Kira took a risk in writing this, and I look forward to seeing what she has up her sleeve next.

Signed hardcovers of LIVING PROOF are available at the Poisoned Pen, e-mail for more information.


If you like Kira Peikoff you may also enjoy:
Michael Crichton
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This review originally posted on The Poisoned Pen blog, read it and comment here:

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