Monday, July 16, 2012

Book Review: CARBON COPY by Terri Talley Venters

Title: Carbon Copy
Author: Terri Talley Venters
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing (June 19, 2012)
Format: eARC Novel
Source: Author
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Description: Lilly Allen has brains, beauty, and a trust fund. She's living in New York City and her career as a reporter is taking off. She's hoping the love of her life, Grier, will propose soon. She has it all, or so she thinks.

Grier Garrison, Create Life executive, is running the company while his father, Dr. Michael Garrison, is in the ICU awaiting a heart transplant. Grier knows the truth about Create Life and its shady side business. He fears Lilly and her twin brother, Luke, are in danger.

While working on two unrelated stories, stolen newborns and cloning, Lilly discovers a shocking connection. Horrific things are happening, but who is behind it all?

Review: Nothing is quite what it seems in Terri Talley Venters’ debut novel Carbon Copy.

Lilly Allen has it all: beauty, brains, a trust fund, a great career, and the love of her life. But what she doesn’t know about her and her twin brother Luke will change everything. As she delves into her reports on stolen newborns and human cloning, she discovers not everything is at it seems, and she must discover the connection before her time runs out.

Venters holds back no punches in her debut novel Carbon Copy. The seemingly perfect lifestyles the characters have is slowly peeled away to reveal great horrors from their past. The author certainly knows the places her characters are, but I would’ve liked a little more description to help ground some of the scenes. For a mystery, I also would’ve liked to see a little more secrets held back until the grand reveal. The dialogue is snappy, and the shorter chapters allow for a fast-paced read. I love the controversial background about cloning and thought it was a major highlight with this novel.

Overall, Carbon Copy by Terri Talley Venters is a refreshing, fast-paced read and a great debut. This novel is definitely no carbon copy.

Four Bookworms = I really liked it!