Claire Abrams’s dreams became a nightmare when she passed on a genetic mutation that killed her little boy. Now she wants a second chance to be a mother, and finds it in Robert Nash, a maverick fertility doctor who works under the radar with Jillian Hendricks, a cunning young scientist bent on making her mark—and seducing her boss.
Claire, Robert, and Jillian work together to create the world’s first baby with three genetic parents—an unprecedented feat that could eliminate inherited disease. But when word of their illegal experiment leaks to the wrong person, Robert escapes into hiding with the now-pregnant Claire, leaving Jillian to serve out a prison sentence that destroys her future.
Ten years later, a spunky girl named Abigail begins to understand that all is not right with the reclusive man and woman she knows as her parents. But the family’s problems are only beginning. Jillian, hardened by a decade of jealousy and loss, has returned—and nothing will stop her from reuniting with the man and daughter who should have been hers.
Past, present, and future converge in this mesmerizing psychological thriller from critically acclaimed author Kira Peikoff.
Kira Peikoff is the author of Living Proof, No Time to Die, and Die Again Tomorrow. She has a degree in journalism from New York University and a master’s in bioethics from Columbia. By day, she is the editor-in-chief of leapsmag.com, a digital magazine about innovation and ethics in the life sciences. She has also contributed articles to the science section of the New York Times, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Nautilus, Slate, Cosmopolitan.com, and other mainstream media outlets. Peikoff is a proud member of The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and young son.
Praise for Mother Knows Best:
“A mother’s love knows no bounds, but is there such a thing as going ‘too far’ for your child?…Original, totally in the zeitgeist of emerging medical technology—the psychological thriller everyone will be talking about. Mother Knows Best is Kira Peikoff’s breakout novel…Don’t miss it!”
—Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of After Anna
“Timely, tense, trailblazing—Mother Knows Best explores cutting-edge genetics and the ethical dilemmas involved in creating the first baby with three biological parents. Peikoff’s seamless prose, very human voice, and whiplash pacing makes this psychological thriller one of must-reads of 2019. Two mothers is one too many.”
—K. J. Howe, international bestselling author of The Freedom Broker and Skyjack
“Kira Peikoff has crafted a smart, pulse-pounding, and achingly human story of a family in the cross hairs of where ethics and science converge. A totally satisfying read.”
—Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of Button Man
“A compelling, relentless thriller about cutting-edge science and the lives it puts on a collision course. Kira Peikoff hasn’t just done her research, she’s spun it into a real-life bioethical dilemma that could be coming soon to a doctor’s office near you. Perfect for a book group—or to race through all by yourself. Mother Knows Best is flat-out fantastic.”
—Brad Parks, international bestselling author of The Last Act
“Mother Knows Best is a thrilling story showing how a parent’s desire for a healthy child can fuel innovations in reproductive technologies. Despite attempted regulations, life and science find a way to advance. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Eric J. Forman, MD, Medical & Laboratory Director of Columbia University Fertility Center