"A book you can't put down"
Eight years old Lainey Kerr is dying unless a kidney
transplant occurs quite soon. Her desperate mother Janna
turns to black market Doctor Gower, a dealer in illegal
organs. Janna moves into a remote Bayou cabin owned by a
friend Denise who sends her cousin Clay Benedict to insure
the safety of her guests.
Janna, fearing Clay will interfere when Gower summons
her especially if he realizes who her daughter is, drugs
his coffee. Clay awakens to find himself tied up with
Lainey looking at him. He concludes he was drugged but not
sure why and the little girl staring at him has to be the
daughter of his deceased twin Matt. Clay soon realizes how
far Janna will go to save Lainey and how much he wants to
help her and his niece, but the murders of two boys for
their organs make the price exorbitant and real to both
Jennifer Blake asks how far will the reader go to save
the life of a loved one. Will an individual willingly
allow murder to reap body parts for a life saving
transplant? Those ethics questions confront Janna, who
wonders if she is Faust having sold her soul to the devil?
The story line is thought-provoking though the manner in
which Lainey was hidden from her relatives (Matt dies while
Janna is pregnant and his father dies after threatening
her) seems unnecessary overkill, but does not take away
from the tale. Readers will find CLAY filled with a
complex moral dilemma that not only showcases Ms. Blake's
talent, but also will send the audience seeking the first
three novels of this series.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 6, 2001