One of the Boys by Jayne Cowie

One of the Boys by Jayne Cowie

Title: One of the Boys
Author: Jayne Cowie
Publisher:  Berkley  
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  352
Date of US Publication:  18 July, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts 

If you had the opportunity to test your much loved, longed for son to see if he had born with a predisposition toward violent behavior, would you? Or would you raise your son without the test in a world where untested boys are still treated the same as those with the proclivity?

Two sisters, two mothers, two sons. One of them is protecting a monster. Jayne Cowie’s nature versus nurture novel with a wonderfully dystopian spin definitely hits the mark for a thought provoking thriller. 

Slow burn tension abounds in One of the Boys and though I found myself so frustrated with and disliking some characters and situations, I also felt the compelling urge to learn more and I kept reading, finishing it the day after I received it. 

Her books are unlike anything I’ve read before; and I appreciate her imagination and talent - I look forward to reading what she writes next.

Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for the DRC


If you could test your son for a gene that predicts violence, would you do it? From the author of Curfew comes a suspenseful, heart-wrenching novel about the consequences of your answer.

Antonia and Bea are sisters, and doting mothers to their sons. But that is where their similarities end.

Antonia had her son tested to make sure he didn’t possess the "violent" M gene.

Bea refuses to let her son take the test. She believes his life should not be determined by a positive or negative result.

These women will go to any length to protect their sons.

But one of them is hiding a monster.

And there will be fatal consequences for everybody....


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