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Reviewed by Rebecca Carrico for Readers' Favorite
Embryo by J.A. Schneider, a medical thriller, begins innocently enough with a pregnant woman walking to work in New York City. Suddenly horrible things start to happen to her. Her mouth fills with blood, she is hit by waves of dizziness and nausea, her legs refuse to move and feel like lead, and finally she collapses while crossing the street. She is taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital, Madison Hospital Medical Center. The renowned teaching hospital also includes a fertility and genetic counseling clinic. Among the doctors attending her is Dr. Jill Raney, an intern, who along with the other doctors have never seen a patient with her symptoms. It looks like the baby is poisoning the mother. She dies along with her unborn baby. That same day another unusual case occurs when a fetus is born with abnormal chromosomal abnormalities. Jill is suspicious but no one else seems to think they are connected. Next, a patient who undergoes a routine procedure miscarries the baby and when Jill goes to question her she disappears from the hospital. Jill thinks this is too many coincidences and begins to investigate the cases. Someone doesn't want her digging into them and attacks her outside the hospital. Before she can call the police they arrive to investigate the murder of a patient of the fertility clinic. A needle was inserted into her belly and all the amniotic fluid removed. What is going on?
Embryo is a well written, exciting medical thriller. Ms. Schneider makes her characters come to life. Who is a more sympathetic character than a pregnant woman? When Maria Moran's mouth fills with blood and all the other horrible things started happening to her, you could just imagine them happening to you. Jill Raney is a concerned doctor who is not afraid to ask questions for the good of her patients. Who wouldn't want a doctor like that? This book was hard for me to put down! It has it all: twists, turns and an incredible ending.