Dr. Erica Rosen is perplexed when she sees a young Chinese girl with blue eyes in her San Francisco pediatrics clinic. The girl’s mother, Ting, is secretive, and Erica suspects she has entered the country illegally. Later, Erica encounters Ting’s son and discovers he has an unusual mutation. Erica learns that Ting’s children underwent embryonic stem cell gene editing as part of a secret Chinese government-run program.
The Chinese government wants to murder Ting’s son to prevent others from learning about his unusual mutation and the secret gene-editing program. At Ting’s urging, Erica heads to China to expose the program and rescue the infant Ting was forced to leave behind, all while attempting to evade the watchful eye of the Chinese government.
A compelling and richly woven story, perfect for those looking for their new favorite thriller!
The UC San Francisco pediatric clinic is a lively and bustling facility where every sort of injury and infirmity has been seen, diagnosed and treated. That is, until the day a Chinese migrant named Ting brings her daughter in for an evaluation.
Midwest Book Review
Unnatural is Book 1 in the 'Erica Rosen MD' trilogy and a fine medical thriller along the lines of Robin Cook. It considers Dr. Rosen's first investigative conundrum in the course of her practice when she observes a Chinese child with striking blue eyes and a secretive mother who seems afraid.
When she finds that the girl's brother harbors a genetic mutation as well, Dr. Rosen begins to suspect that more is going on than a possible illegal immigrant situation. She embarks on an investigation that reveals a secret Chinese experimental human embryonic gene editing program and the threat posed by a scared mother's children.