(An Elements of Mystery Book)
by Terri Talley Venters
Now available from Wild Child Publishing
Lilly Allen has brains, beauty, and a trust fund. She's living in New York City and her career as a reporter is taking off. She's hoping the love of her life, Grier, will propose soon. She has it all, or so she thinks.
Grier Garrison, Create Life executive, is running the company while his father, Dr. Michael Garrison, is in the ICU awaiting a heart transplant. Grier knows the truth about Create Life and its shady side business. He fears Lilly and her twin brother, Luke, are in danger.
While working on two unrelated stories, stolen newborns and cloning, Lilly discovers a shocking connection. Horrific things are happening, but who is behind it all?
Carbon Copy combines a little bit of sci-fi (especially good for readers squeamish about dipping into the SF genre, this one's perfect for your start), a little bit of mystery and a lot of twists and turns regarding cloning. On the heels of watching Orphan Black, I was excited to read this and found myself turning the pages to find out who Lilly's twin was, what her story was and the details of her boyfriend Greer's plan with the Create Life company.
Ms. Venters presents a foreboding, chilling atmosphere through the characters while the reader is slowly given pieces to the puzzle regarding the kidnapped babies and the cloning of animals and humans. The villain Tom-Tom freaked me out (given the name because of his stuttering) and the possibilities of how close we are to technology really hit home at how easily it can be abused and manipulated.
This was a fun fast paced read with a little bit of everything for those looking for a bit of intrigue, romance and speculation in their reading.