Embryo by Author J.A. Schneider

Synopsis: “Maria Moran's first inkling of trouble was the coppery taste in her mouth. It came suddenly, a rushing whoosh of something that made her gag, and when she reached to wipe her mouth, her hand came away smeared with blood."

So begins this thriller about a young intern, Jill Raney, determined to investigate tragedies and terror at a famous fertility and genetic engineering hospital. When two pregnant women die and a fetus is delivered with severe chromosomal abnormalities, Jill's superiors - including handsome, smitten-with-her resident David Levine - insist there's no common link.

But her suspicions deepen with the grotesque murder near the hospital of another pregnant woman - her belly drained of amniotic fluid. And when a woman miscarries in the hospital and then disappears, Jill frantically searches for her - following a terrifying path that seems to link all the victims: Is someone playing with life...and the structures of human life itself?

An unforgettable tale of suspense with a shocking denouement, Embryo takes you deep into the mind of malignant genius.

Rating: 5 stars *****

My Thoughts:

I am not really a fan of Medical thrillers as the terms and jargon used is so out of my league and I often get lost within the pages. I can say however, that the author for this novel, although she held true to the genre, made it very hard not to want to follow this book. From Page one she kept my rapt attention, anything I thought I wouldn’t understand, she explained thoroughly as if someone had instructed her to break it down in layman’s terms.

The characters were very well developed from the helpless embryo’s, to saddened couples trying to conceive, to the doctors and their perverse attitudes, down to how they looked in scrubs and masks. It was almost like being in a hospital and watching the goings on… except, well there was danger. There was deceit, there were lies and fowl play. It was a mash up of terrifying events and a snooping overly curious Intern, Jill Raney, who I was almost positive was about to be fired on numerous occasions.

We are led with Jill down a perilous path as a Mad Doctor uses his influence and science lab to construct a devastating plan… we find there are both good and bad consequences of his actions.

We follow Jill as she falls head over heels for David Levine a brilliant resident who at first seems to be a bit too sure of himself. They are both caught between lack of sleep and a raging enemy.

Since I don’t want to give the story away, we will carry on to book 2.


Synopsis: They thought the nightmare was over. Intern Jill Raney and the man she loves, obstetrical resident David Levine, barely escaped death at the hands of a madman on the steep roof of an old part of the hospital. The awful scene, captured by overhead news choppers, became a media obsession, run horrifyingly over and over. Jill and David are now reluctant "celebrities" - and the targets of every wacko who wants to share in the attention.

Rating: 5 stars *****

My Thoughts:

We left Jill and David thinking it was all over. They fought the good fight, saved countless lives and yet…even still with lack of sleep the ever so curious Jill has found a way to get them into more trouble as she finds herself the target for another plot of evil.

While I read I began to wonder why she didn’t just find another internship, move away start fresh. Instead she braved the elements with her beloved David once more as women began to be brutalized and sent to the ER with messages on their bellies meant for the two love birds.

Who was after them now?

J.A. Schneider really connected her audience with this sequel. We find ourselves following Jill as she uncovers so much more than she bargained for to not only save innocent women from being attacked on her behalf, but a helpless innocent life that started out as a miracle.

Both Books were edgy, well written and well rounded. I would recommend these books to anyone who loves shows like Trauma life in the ER, Grey’s Anatomy etc… you can really connect with the story and characters as if sitting in front of the television and watching it happen in real time.

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