A serial killer in loose in New York, killing pregnant women and stealing their babies. The Giver wants to create clones and excels at medical research, no matter the cost in human lives.
Doctor Chris Ravello is mourning the murder of his mother and is determined to join the police to protect other families from the same pain. His personal life is in tatters as his family adjust to the lower financial situation and the change to working conditions. Can he catch the killer an justify his career change to himself and his family?
I haven’t read a medical thriller in a long time and had forgotten how much I LOVE THEM! My teenage years were spent with Michael Crichton and Robin Cook and this book brought me into the modern day with cloning and stem cell research. I liked the way that author William Rubin has cleverly merged the medical thriller and police procedural genres in Forbidden Birth.
The Giver is a sinister genius and sees himself as the nemesis of Chris Ravello. The ethical issues of cloning are portrayed in an interesting way and the advancement of human knowledge is a scary but relevant topic.
The book is written in short chapters to maintain the momentum of the grisly plot. There is graphic detail of the murders and medical procedures as well as autopsies but they are handled objectively and clinically rather than gratuitously.
The ending was dramatic but had a different focus which I enjoyed but I found it lacked credibility so didn’t quite meet the high standard of the rest of the book in my opinion. I definitely intend to check out the first book and have just found out that there are 14 books in this series!