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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
Barren is a mystery novel by J.J. Savaunt about women who have fertility issues. When Dr. Jacqui Stevenson receives a promotion, she believes it to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Jacqui is expecting to help women with fertility issues conceive. Instead, she discovers that after they sign the paperwork, their most precious organs are harvested and transplanted into someone else. When Jacqui realizes the truth, she cannot walk away. Her daughter Ashley’s life is on the line. Elsewhere, Officer Justice Reeves has a new colleague, as his previous partner, Mason, was shot while on the job and is in a wheelchair. Officer Reeves misses working with him. He notices that females are disappearing. Justice has a mother and a sister, Grace, and he wants to solve the mystery of these missing women.
Barren by J.J. Savaunt is intriguing, compelling, and thrilling. I was hooked from the beginning and could not stop turning the pages. It was a suspenseful story and at times scary. The doctor was supposed to help women, but by helping them, many other women were hurt. The events were vivid and descriptive. I could not imagine what the women were forced to go through. The themes of abortion, human trafficking, and race are handled with great sensitivity. The characters were well-developed and authentic. They grow throughout the story and are relatable. I was pulled into this world of wealth, inhumanity, and crime. The story was well-written, and the ending was captivating.