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#amreading – What, Why, While :  Off Target by Eve Smith @evecsmith @OrendaBooks

What (am I currently reading)?

I am currently reading Off Target by Eve Smith.  This speculative fiction is published by Orenda Books and already available in e-book format.  The paperback is out on 17th February 2022. 

Book Blurb  (taken from https://orendabooks.co.uk/product/off-target )

A longed-for baby
An unthinkable decision
A deadly mistake

In an all-too-possible near future, when genetic engineering has become the norm for humans, not just crops, parents are prepared to take incalculable risks to ensure that their babies are perfect … altering genes that may cause illness, and more…

Susan has been trying for a baby for years, and when an impulsive one-night stand makes her dream come true, she’ll do anything to keep her daughter and ensure her husband doesn’t find out … including the unthinkable. She believes her secret is safe. For now.

But as governments embark on a perilous genetic arms race and children around the globe start experiencing a host of distressing symptoms – even taking their own lives – something truly horrendous is unleashed. Because those children have only one thing in common, and people are starting to ask questions…

Bestselling author of The Waiting Rooms, Eve Smith returns with an authentic, startlingly thought-provoking, disturbing blockbuster of a thriller that provides a chilling glimpse of a future that’s just one modification away…

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

I read Eve Smith’s debut novel, also speculative fiction, The Waiting Rooms , which I loved because it is so close (too close actually) to reality.  Therefore I had been looking forward to reading Eve Smith’s new book, and am deeply into it at the moment. Eve Smith’s books give plenty to think and talk about, as well as being great reads.    

While (I  am reading it) 

I’ve had a quiet week – much like my cat here.  This cradle used to belong to my old cat, see my profile pic, but as he can no longer use it (bad hips) the younger one has taken it over, and likes to take her toys into it with her. The toy in the picture was not posed by me! 

All the best, Emma

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