Review: Transfection by David Gaughran

Transfection / David Gaughran

I love a good medical thriller.  I challenge myself in understanding all the technical jargon and keeping up with the pace and different plots of the story.  Short story thrillers are a little tricky.  Usually, thrillers take their time establishing the mystery and building up to the big reveal.  This book only had 5,000+ words to set it up and execute.

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Molecular biologist Dr. Carl Peters is under pressure on two fronts: his research grants are disappearing and his marriage is falling apart. But when medical researchers discover that genetically modified animal feed has tainted the food chain, he finally gets the funding he always dreamed of.

Dr. Peters discovers the reason behind the cancer link with GM food, but it’s so crazy, he barely believes it himself.

The blurb seemed very promising.  It doesn’t really give away much, if anything.  But it read like a teaser or a pitch rather than a stand-alone story.  The premise had so much to work on and a short story format was not enough for that.  A lot was left unexplained, including the “reason behind the cancer link with GM food”.  So yeah, I ended the book scratching my head and trying to figure out what the hell just happened.

The writing was excellent and polished.  I was impressed by that and frankly, that’s the reason why I kept reading.  For its length, the character development was done well even with the time jumps.  But because plot development was severely lacking, I didn’t care much for the story itself.  It could’ve worked as a full book or anything longer than a short story.

Rating: 3/5.

Recommendation: It’s 5,500 words, it shouldn’t take you too long to read.  I read it during my down time at work and still got stuff done.

Get your copy here.

* In compliance with FTC guidelines, it should be noted that I received the book for free through LibraryThing Member Giveaways.

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