Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, a controversial and closely regulated new practice, when his 17-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered. The case is investigated but never solved. Months later, Moore retrieves her belongings from the police, and finds among them a vial containing the killer's DNA. Tormented by grief, Moore entertains a monstrous thought: the possibility of cloning not his daughter but the man who killed her. How far would you go to look into the face of your daughter's murderer?
Justin Finn, at three, looks like any other child. Bright, joyful, sweet; an innocent toddler to his unsuspecting parents and to all who know him. But his face, one day, will be the exact match of the cold-blooded killer of whom he is a perfect genetic replica. Can a three-year-old have a past? Where does evil come from? What happens to the soul when we die? What are you duplicating when you duplicate a human life?
Cast of Shadows is a spectacularly original, hair-raising novel about the fate of a little boy brought into the world to solve a crime. Relentlessly gripping, profoundly unsettling, and visionary, it introduces a major new suspense novelist.
©2006 Kevin Guilfoile; (P)2009 Random House
"Guilfoile's tricky, high-concept plot continually subverts and plays with the reader's expectations....Gripping." (The New York Times)
"Guilfoile's engrossing debut novel takes a high-concept look at the age-old but still provocative question of nature vs. nurture....The novel as a whole is rich and involving." (Publishers Weekly)
Doctors are now able to clone human beings. Childless couples are resorting to becoming parents through cloning. But, in "Cast of Shadows", there's a hitch. A baby is cloned for another reason. Not just so that one couple can become parents. The doctor has his own agenda. This book takes many twists and turns and the ending brings it all together. I really enjoyed this book. It's unusual.
Hard to predict
No but Scott Brick narration adds to the dimension of the book
WOW - This was the best book I've listened to so far! So many twists and turns, so much to think about, so many interesting characters. I bought it to listen to while driving (downloaded to GPS), but ended up bringing the GPS into the house as I couldn't wait to hear what happened next! The word 'unsettling' describes it well... definitely one I'll keep thinking about for a long time. Wish the author would write another book. Super author and super narrator (Scott Brick). You'll LOVE it!!!!!
Very enjoyable until again the issue of animal cruelty appeared . Maybe a warning would be helpful as this seems to happen frequently. If this bothers you , skip it. Otherwise not a bad story with excellent narration. I had to stop in the middle because of this.
I could not put this down, an amazing story with great twists and turns. Fabulous
Justin ...... he was so lovely, and what he did was not predictable
Cloning! It's not what you think.....Beware!
Just keep em comin!
yes as long as Scott Brick read it
Never does one know what they would do for sure in that situation. Grief and pain
makes terrible conditions whereas, people mistakenly make choices that would not even
be considered under different circumstances. Reading this had me thinking how immoral
it would be. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators so I send kudos to how the
the book was presented.
I have read many many books read by Scott Brick. For me how a book is read makes a huge difference.
If I had the book I could have gone back and reread some of the things towards the end. When I listening, I multi-task, I had to replay a few chapters to make sure what I thought I heard I heard, especially near the end.
the end really summed up the story so well (no spoilers here) but it showed the many levels of the story
he is just so easy to listen to, my favorite narrator
No, too long and you need time to absorb it all
The ending was great, not what I expected and had so many levels and depths for the characters. Really enjoyed this book and hope the author can write another as well as this one. The story had a different background than most of what is out there now but it kept the suspense and was thought-provoking as well. Best book I have listened to in quite a while. Highly recommend, especially to those looking for something different from the norm.
Amazing plot, very original and relevant in this age
Not much. The plot was so good reading it in a would have been equally enjoyable
I hope Audible offers more books of this calibre. Also suggest Audible starts a category `medical thrillers'
Yes, of course. Kevin Guilfoile captured my attention on this outing, and SB is easily one of the best audio book performers of all time.
The deep dive into the nuances , both ethical and practical, of cloning, are topical and compelling and fascinating. Gave me pause to think about this otherwise abstract topic, and the real world implications around us.
Least interesting was some of the police procedurals, and the complex relationships. On balance, few arcs didn't tie into the overall story however.
As usual, he brought the book to life, and kept the characters separated and moving forward. He aged Davis and Susan well. A well done performance.
This one takes abit to get started, and at times seems to stretch things out, but on balance this is a better than average audio book on a fascinating topic. I recommend it.
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