Review: Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff

Mother Knows BestPublisher: Crooked Lane Books
Author: Kira Keikoff
Released: September 10th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Child illness/death, pregnancy issues, genetic engineering, kidnapping
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Mother Knows Best through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Mother Knows Best is a dramatic new thriller from the mind of Kira Keikoff. Here we have all of the thriller elements we know and love, mashed up into a plot full of genetic engineering, drama, and science.

Claire Abrams has always wanted to be a mother. And for a brief time, she even was. But thanks to a genetic mutation running through her cells, her son didn’t get the long life she hoped for him. Now, Claire has the chance to make sure that her future children won’t face the same fate.

But it’s going to require an illegal experiment in order to make it work. Claire is willing to take the risk. And so are the two scientists she’s found. But when things go south, it isn’t Claire who’s left to foot the bill for the risks taken.

That was ten years ago. Ten years of Claire living, constantly looking over her shoulder. Waiting for Jillian to come back into her family’s life. Ten years of waiting. Or dreading.


“In this numb state, I am severed from time and space. I find myself tumbling back years, to the last time we saw each other.”

Spoiler Warning

Warnings: The description alone should give away most of the warnings for this novel. Mother Knows Best covers subjects such as genetic mutations (which range from benign to fatal), child illness and death, genetic engineering, as well as kidnapping and endangerment.

Mother Knows Best is a dramatic thriller, full of family dynamics, genetic engineering, and revenge. It’s not a combination you see every day, and that is what makes this novel stand out so well. The unique concept is supported by extensive character development, turning it into an entirely different tale along the way.

There were a lot of reasons why I wanted to get my hands on this book. For one thing, the cover is striking. That’s what first brought my attention to it. Then there was the unique plot. I’ve never read anything that blended this branch of science (and politics, really) with a thriller element.

I’m not going to deny the part that really drew me into this novel; the focus of having a daughter with three parents. It seemed like the perfect twist to throw into this sort of novel. And admittedly, this plot point started feeling less and less relevant as the novel carried on. But I don’t think that’s automatically a bad thing – it just went in a different direction than I expected.

I loved the focus on all of the characters, their backstories, their motives, the works. It made for a complex tale, having so many people acting in their best interests. Having that one common theme to tie them back together helped of course.

So while Mother Knows Best didn’t end up being quite the novel I expected, I still greatly enjoyed reading it. And it was a quick read too – I got through it in a day. So there was no waiting to find out what happened next for me! I loved that bit.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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