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Publisher's Summary

A breakthrough in human cloning becomes one woman’s waking nightmare in a mind-bending thriller by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Gibson Vaughn series.

In the near future, advances in medicine and quantum computing make human cloning a reality. For the wealthy, cheating death is the ultimate luxury. To anticloning militants, it’s an abomination against nature. For young Constance “Con” D’Arcy, who was gifted her own clone by her late aunt, it’s terrifying. 

After a routine monthly upload of her consciousness - stored for that inevitable transition - something goes wrong. When Con wakes up in the clinic, it’s eighteen months later. Her recent memories are missing. Her original, she’s told, is dead. If that’s true, what does that make her

The secrets of Con’s disorienting new life are buried deep. So are those of how and why she died. To uncover the truth, Con is retracing the last days she can recall, crossing paths with a detective who’s just as curious. On the run, she needs someone she can trust. Because only one thing has become clear: Con is being marked for murder - all over again.

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Too scattered & mostly a “setup” for a series

Nothing happens until chapter 4. It was a “keep listening” book for a while and gave me a lot to think about, but then it started to pitter and dart off in various directions that I wasn’t too excited about. Then the story splintered and diverted further—it stopped being “a book” and turned into a big “setup” for a series, then wrapped in a dismal/unsatisfying way. I am left feeling underwhelmed, annoyed, and unexcited about the series. My brain hurts…

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Good story

It was a good story but the authors obsession with race was pretty annoying. Nice start to a series. Also awesome performance by the narrator.

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Compelling story, excellent voice acting

I found myself drawn into this story within the first few minutes. The narrator did an excellent job of making the various characters come to life. It’s some of the best voice acting I’ve heard in an audio book performance, especially for the female characters. Oftentimes I find a narrator’s acting to be corny or annoying, but in this story I found myself in awe that some of the characters were being voiced by the same person! The story itself is an intriguing look at a not too distant future and many of the technology advances seem entirely plausible. Throw in a whodunnit mystery with a clone trying to solve the murder of her “original” and I was hooked! I highly recommend for those who enjoy sci-fi thrillers!

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Intriguing Story with Great Narration

My first Matthew FitzSimmons book. Interesting storyline on cloning in the not too distant future. Good character development with fantastic narration. Along the lines of Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I am looking forward to Book 2!

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Unusual for me

This is not your typical murder mystery. It's more science fiction than just mystery, but the two work together. It's plot is quite complicated, but I did enjoy trying to follow it.

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Pretty Good

Story was strong until the last 30 minutes. Didn’t really like the ending. And the final wrap up was a little too dues ex machina

I prefer male narrators but this female narrator was pretty good.

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I almost turned this audiobook off, since an hour into it I was still pretty underwhelmed. It had a very slow start and took quite a while to hook me. By the middle of the book, I was completely absorbed and glad I had chosen to tough out the beginning.

Once things got rolling, they did so at a fairly good pace. There are a lot of characters and moving plot points, so it can be a bit intimidating, but it wasn't too difficult to follow. My big issue was with the main character; Con just wasn't someone that captured my heart/mind/attention... fill in your own word here. She just wasn't very likable to me. Since everyone else was pretty much untrustworthy, that didn't really leave me with anyone to latch onto.

I'm really vacillating between giving this book four overall stars, or just three. Normally, when I have this trouble, I choose the higher rating because I recognize how important this is to the authors. However, I realized that I didn't like the slow beginning, and I also didn't care for the way this ended, either. So basically, I enjoyed the middle portion of this read. Sounds like three stars to me.

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thoroughly enjoyed

I am a fan of Fitzsimmons' Gibson Vaughn series, but when this book came across my suggestions it didn't sound like my style. However Fitzsimmons creates such compelling characters that I was immediately hooked! I am anxiously waiting for the next book in the series!

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very interesting take on cloning

very interesting take on cloning and the impact it could have on the world while keeping it story driven and not to info dump worthy. The way he changes the normal trope of murder mystery upside down is amazing while putting a bit of scifi and real world aspects to the point it's very believable to our society.

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Amazing book

The plot and the idea behind the story are brilliant!
Really enjoyed it.
One of the best books I have ever heard.

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  • 04-01-22

a book about human cloning

so it was wonderful except for the last hour because i hate you the ending!

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  • 09-23-21

gripping

Could not switch off. Very complex but well told, raising some interesting issues. Very enjoyable.