Fiction - Thriller - Medical
354 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2023
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Author Biography

Born and raised in North Carolina, JJ began writing as a pre-teen. ​Short stories, plays, poems, nothing was off limits. As an adult, her work has found its niche—speculative fiction exploring the forgotten history of the Israelites. For this reason, her stories usually fall somewhere between the Sci-Crime and fantasy genres. Her work explores the possibilities of the future whilst intertwining the Holy Bible's prophecies of the past. Her faith in the one true God and her Israelite heritage (Deut. 28-) serve as the sources of her inspiration.

    Book Review

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.