Aldo by Betty Jean Craige

First off, thank you Smith Publicity for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Betty Jean Craige
Publisher: Smith Publicity
Series: Stand Alone
Published: March 24th, 2018
Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary  36535784

Aldo is a mystery/ thriller/love story in which a brilliant and dangerous ideologue attempts to eliminate a university’s genetics institute by holding the university’s president hostage.

On the same day that Isabel Canto, associate director of Pembrook Atlantic University’s Institute for Genome Modification, discovers she is pregnant with IGM post-doc Frank Marks’s baby, Pembrook Atlantic University’s president Mary Ellen Mackin receives a letter from “Aldo” threatening harm if she does not dissolve the institute and fire its director. Isabel recommends that Mackin refuse, and not allow a terrorist to dictate what her faculty and students can research and discover — setting off a chain of events that will change many lives forever, including her own.


When I first got approached about this book and I read the blurb, I was extremely excited to read it. I’m not usually one to read mystery/thriller’s but this book screamed at me to read it with its exciting plot line and a need to know more about it. Although I did enjoy reading this book, I didn’t exactly live up to my expectations of it. I thought that some plot lines were a little obvious and can easily be guessed, which ultimately took away the suspense and thrill of this book.

However, a feature I did particularly like about this book was the message that many of peoples lives are affected by social media and technology – with technology being one of the main villains/weapons of this book. It was really interesting to realise how dangerous and scary what things people are able to do with technology, and how it can take just one person or an opinion to mess up the order of things and cause so much destruction in many other people’s lives. Despite these downfalls of technology displayed in the book, it also opened my eyes to how fantastic it is in terms of being able to connect people all over the world, who have common interests. It really is amazing, and I feel like now I have come to appreciate it a little more than I did beforehand.

Personally, I believe it to be a good book to read especially if you’re one of those people that are always craving ‘more’ from a book and keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you’re a lover of science fiction then this is definitely a read for you.

Thanks and happy Sunday,


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