EMPTY CRADLE

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Dynamic author Karen Harper strikes a major nerve with her timely, hard-hitting and very topical thriller.

Four years ago, newscaster Alexis McCall lost her husband Geoff during the Gulf War. But he made Alexis promise she would keep trying to have their baby using his frozen sperm. Now, with the help of the Santa Fe Evergreen Fertility Clinic, Alexis is taking one more shot at motherhood.

Doctors Hale and Jasmine Stanhope's clinic has helped many infertile couples conceive and give birth. At first Alexis only sees the tentative hope the clinic provides its clients. But conversations with a troubled woman make her wonder if there isn't a darker side to the research?

New Mexico art dealer Nick Destin has his own beef with the Evergreen Clinic. He and the newly pregnant, Alexis join forces to uncover the truth behind the clinic but as they investigate deeper, she is almost killed. What is the clinic trying to hide that could be so deadly? The answer may cost Alexis her baby and her life.

(Apr., 400 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith