Perfect People by Peter James



Title: Perfect People
Author: Peter James
Publisher: Macmillan
Format: eBook
Publication Date: 2011
Overall: 5 out 5 stars 


John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high.


Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease.


At his clinic is where their nightmare begins.


They should have realized something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Now it’s too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant and already something is badly wrong . . .



Perfect People is an unusual genre for me to read, but there was something about the synopsis that reached out to me. I’m so glad I picked up this book, there were so many intricate pieces that ended up melding together it was a book that took me a few days to read.


I can’t even pretend to understand John and Naomi’s impetus to try to eliminate diseases from their child. I can completely and 100% understand why they wanted to do it. After losing someone from a hereditary terminal illness, I get wanting to make sure that no other children have that disease. I just thought there were so many red flags around Dettore, that I couldn’t believe they just kept ignoring them. I am very glad that Peter James started Perfect People with John and Naomi making this decision, because it allowed me to see them before the twins arrived.


I really understood Naomi through this novel. I understood her heartache at losing Halley and her desire in having more children. Especially because she wanted to make sure that they were healthy. At times Naomi felt a little irrational, but with the situation surrounding her I understood that too. Once the twins were born, I could see why she felt so used.


John was more of an enigma, and I think a very good representation of a man. He absolutely cared about his family, and he really wanted them to be happy and healthy. However, he was routinely absent, and while I could see where he felt bad for being gone, he also didn’t do much to be around more.


The twins were just weird. I spent most of the book wondering like Naomi if the children were sociopaths. There were glimpses that they cared, but then there were times where they were so cold. I think that while they loved their parents in a weird way, they didn’t truly care about them.

Peter James did a excellent job, of creating characters that felt like they were real. There reactions were never over the top or underwhelming, but I think perfectly in line with what a real person would feel like. The ending surprised me in a way, although I had suspected that there had to be some issues. Dettore had changed too many things for everything to end up exactly how he wanted it.


Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I had debated giving it 4 stars because it didn’t draw me in like most books I read. But this book isn’t like books I normally read. I found myself thinking about these characters and their odd situation after I finished it, and  because of that I think I have to give it 5 stars. Any book that sticks with me as this one is and probably will continue to do so deserves 5 stars.



**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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