Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp

Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp

From Goodreads: This riveting debut novel of psychological suspense explores the dilemmas that arise when motherhood and science collide.


Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp
Published by Center Street on July 5, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: Kindle edition, 384 pages
Available from Amazon | Barnes & Noble


FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of Claiming Noah from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are my own.

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In Claiming Noah, Amanda Ortlepp introduces an interesting twist to the medical process of in vitro fertilization. What happens to an abandoned egg? Or to the baby born to parents who adopt the abandoned egg?

Ortlepp chose a topic which gave her broad scope to develop an intriguing and action-packed story of two couples desperately trying to start families. Yet, at times this reader felt as if she was slogging her way through narrative that would have been much better shared if it had been written in dialogue form rather than narrative. At the halfway mark, the author had not yet reached the core of her story…claiming Noah.

Likewise, her characters were not well-developed. The women seemed somewhat shallow, and the men were presented in an unsympathetic light.

The plot was a difficult one to follow. At points, I felt as though I’d been left hanging to wait and wonder far too long. And at other points, something quickly came around a corner and slammed me in the face, leaving me to wonder why that happened at that time.

If Ortlepp had perhaps taken a bit more time to solidify her story arc and develop her characters in greater complexity, she might have written a totally different book. I finished this book because I wanted to see if it ended the way I believed it would and should. However, that is for each reader to decide and I won’t give away the ending.

This is an interesting and intriguing issue facing those in the position of using IVF for starting their families, but I’m not sure Claiming Noah would be a good book for an anxious couple to read. Claiming Noah is what it is, a quick read in the form of a cozy, domestic mystery.



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