Forbidden Birth: Chris Ravello Book 1


Name: Forbidden Birth

Author: William Rubin

Published: July 8, 2016 by Phillip Calenda MD 2PC

Purchased: Gifted by the author, voluntarily read and reviewed, $2.99 on Kindle.


Blurb: Unspeakable medical procedures. A crazed serial killer. Who will protect the innocent and at what cost?

Doctor Christopher Ravello is driven by an unquenchable desire to avenge his mother’s senseless murder. He forsakes a lucrative career in medicine, and plunges headlong into the brutal, unforgiving world of a New York City homicide detective. Head of the new Division of Medical Crimes, Ravello’s first case pits him against a brilliant, sadistic serial killer. Known only as The Giver, he is hell bent on subjecting young women and their unborn babies to his illicit experiments. As the body count rises, New York City is engulfed in fear. Fighting an illness that threatens his job, immersed in turmoil at home due to his radical career change, Ravello struggles to understand who The Giver is and where he will strike next. Just as he discovers the killer’s identity the unspeakable happens, and Ravello is confronted with an agonizing choice: Will he play it safe or make the ultimate sacrifice to save his loved ones and the city he is sworn to protect and serve?

Review: Usually, I’m not really into anything medical unless it’s a show, like Grey’s Anatomy or House because then I can just ignore the medical talk and focus on the drama but that’s usually not the case with books. You have to pay attention to everything or you may miss something.

This book was rather enjoyable and while there was a bit of medical jargon, it wasn’t enough to throw me out of my reading groove.

This had a subtle creepy feeling to it and while it wasn’t anything supernatural, the authors decision of letting the readers into the head of The Giver was a great idea because he pulled it off. I got chills down my spine. It kept the mystery going strong and the emotion high.

Now I wouldn’t say that I love this book but I did enjoy it. I do admit to being a little nervous when they made an arrest at the end of chapter 59 when there’s 100 chapters here, I got to wondering if it was just going to be boring trial stuff but the plot twist was excellent.

And his wife! Mr. Rubin, that was evil of you!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery/thriller, especially to those who can understand medical talk. The cover is simple, not anything that would make me do a double take but good, the pace is steady for the plot and while I don’t feel a strong connection to the characters, there is a small one.

Thank you for reading my review.



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