Thursday, 18 December 2014

Book Review -- In the Defendant's Chair by Lynn Yvonne Moon

In the Defendant's ChairIn the Defendant's Chair by Lynn Yvonne Moon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Starting with Sutton, a loving wife and a doting mother, accused of having murdered her family, we understand how many women suddenly wake up one fine morning, with no recollection of the night before, all being the only suspects for the destruction of their families. The book takes us through a myriad of conspiracies - politically powerful scientists mapping the human genome, young and innocent women who are caught in this web of deceit and manipulation, the moral and ethical consequences in altering human genome, splicing human genome with those of animals and insects, legal powerlessness in stopping such genetic experimentations. The book is a crime suspense thriller, but raises very important questions that are absolutely relevant to the world we live in, today. Are we all ready for interacting with crossbreeds? Even if we are, is it morally right to play with the lives of unsuspecting victims? How important is it obtain the consent of those being experimented upon?

I like the premise of the book, and the fact that the author does not justify the wrongness of what is being done. The pace is absolutely gripping - one can't stop once they start on the book. The author does a great job of building up numerous threads, and tying them all up carefully. It takes a lot of skill to handle a multi-faceted narrative, and the author handles it beautifully. There is not much scope for dwelling on a single specific character, but this is good for a book of this nature, as the reader's attention is not taken away from the pivotal focus point.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of conspiratorial thrillers.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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