Official Review: Gestation Seven by J Stewart Willis

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Official Review: Gestation Seven by J Stewart Willis

Post by kandscreeley » 09 Jun 2017, 14:34

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Gestation Seven" by J Stewart Willis.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Gestation Seven: One Was Black and One Was White by J. Stewart Willis is a novel listed on Amazon in the thriller & suspense category. It has just over 375 pages, and the Kindle edition is $7.99. This is the story of the results of an experiment gone wrong.

Two babies have been found in a dumpster behind a barbecue restaurant. One was black and one was white; both were wrapped in white sheets. Mary Murphy, a reporter with a local newspaper, happened to see the police removing these bundles from the scene. As the new kid on the block, she is anxious to get the scoop on this story as it is her ticket to the front page.

Meanwhile, David Neale has been nervous and uptight lately causing his wife to visit her parents. David works at the National Institute of Health, and two of his co-workers have gone missing. David and his two co-workers were involved in an experiment that seems to have gone awry. Now, they’ve both disappeared leaving David holding the bag.

This book is written in the third person point of view. It alternates between several characters; however, it is always clear who is talking. The chapter title introduces us to what day it is and which character is speaking. I enjoyed getting multiple points of view in a novel such as this where there is a crime involved. Not only do we get the perspective of one of the perpetrators, but we also get to look through the eyes of a reporter and even some investigators. This is helpful in figuring out what exactly has happened.

Unfortunately, I didn’t think there was much suspense involved in this story. We learn at the beginning that several babies have been murdered. We also learn fairly early on that somehow David Neale is connected with it. The story then turns to figuring out the details of the crime and how to best prosecute. In my opinion, this story would be better classified as a crime novel.

That is not to say, however, that the story isn’t enjoyable. The author does a good job at keeping the readers’ interest. I found I was looking forward to learning what would happen in the lives of the characters. The characters are fleshed out well, and I was able to empathize with David as well as the other characters involved. Good characters, to me, help to overlook many flaws in the story.

I was expecting there to be more mentioned about the actual experiment. We learn what the scientists were hoping to accomplish but not how the experiment progressed. I would have enjoyed reading more about the experiment itself instead of just trying to figure out how to pin it on the criminals. If the author maybe even added some flashbacks of the experiment, I think this would have made the novel even more entertaining and unique.

I also felt that the ending left something to be desired. There were two things that bothered me about the ending. First, while I’m not sure it would classify as a cliffhanger, the story just seemed to stop. The author didn’t have everything wrapped up in a nice, neat package like most people are expecting. Secondly, there was a committee hearing that seemed to be more about the author expressing his ethical viewpoint on certain types of experiments than adding to the story. I think the author would have done better to eliminate the hearing and focus more on wrapping up other aspects of the story.

Overall I give Gestation Seven 3 out of 4 stars. The characters were easy to relate to, the plot was interesting, and the point of view was well-done. One thing that would move this from a good story to a truly great read would be that little something extra – perhaps some added suspense or the inclusion of the details of the experiment. Also, I think the ending needs to be reworked to help readers feel more satisfied. Still, those who enjoy stories of investigations and criminals being apprehended would enjoy this book.

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 21 Jun 2017, 12:31

The way the story seems to come to a stop doesn't do justice to this book, though i would still read it to find out what happened to David's two colleagues. Good review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Jun 2017, 12:36

Thank you Rosemary. If you do read this one, let me know what you think. It's definitely interesting.
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Post by Jaime Lync » 21 Jun 2017, 18:13

I liked that you mentioned how much the book cost. The way the book stops seems disappointing but I know that the writer in me would do something like that just because it is a cool technique. Also, too bad that this lacked suspense.
Great review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Jun 2017, 18:33

Thanks Jaime. I know some will like this but it's not for everyone. Thanks.
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Post by ebolen01 » 21 Jun 2017, 19:41

I feel like after reading The Girl on the Train, I am an expert in following along with multiple points-of-view that constantly switch back and forth. Your review sounded interesting until you said that the ending left something to be desired and that the author didn't elaborate on what the "experiment gone wrong" was. I do find myself interested in reading the book though to further discuss your point-of-view along with my own personal opinion.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Jun 2017, 19:45

I would love to hear your point of view on this book. Let me know if you do read it.
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Post by gali » 21 Jun 2017, 23:37

An interesting premise. Too bad about the disappointing ending and the lack of suspense. I don't think it is for me, but I am glad you enjoyed it despite those issues. Thank you for the review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 22 Jun 2017, 08:51

Thanks gali. I appreciate you stopping by. It was still interesting; it just could have been better. :)
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Post by Amagine » 22 Jun 2017, 13:02

The premise sounds very interesting! I'm intrigued about why the babies were in the dumpster. I'm not usually a fan of this category but I'm curious about the story.

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Post by kandscreeley » 22 Jun 2017, 13:05

Thanks Amagine. That's why I picked this one up. It sounded so intriguing to me.
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Post by Tanaya » 23 Jun 2017, 09:02

Interesting premise, but as you point out, the execution doesn't seem to serve the concept in the best way. Still, 3 out of 4 stars is a great rating. Great review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Jun 2017, 09:17

It was interesting enough that I know people will enjoy reading, but it still could have been better. Thanks Tanaya. :)
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Post by Aldonsa » 23 Jun 2017, 15:36

Great review! I would read this book. Though I'm afraid that I would be disappointed a little bit, if, as you said, it is more a crime novel than a thriller.
Thanks for introducing this book! :wink2:

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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Jun 2017, 20:50

If you're looking for a thriller, you probably wouldn't like this one. Thanks for commenting.
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