Grace’s nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. . . .

First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate “Vegas Vacation” to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan’s life.

But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why, Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband, she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague.

Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.


I am not normally a Sci-Fi reader, nor do I particularly enjoy Sci-Fi movies, but when there is time-travel, action, a mother and son involved, I would allow myself the first chapter.

When I started reading Hamartia, I thought I could predict the story, and the ending. Boy, was I wrong! Not only did I eagerly turn the pages, but as the chapters were coming to an end, I felt a little disoriented at the thought that such a unique plot and extraordinary characters were about to come to an end.

It is an extremely emotional journey which Grace undertakes to save her child, and for much of her journey, she is faced with devastation between the different loves of her life, her son being her greatest.

It touches on a subject that we really know nothing about, but a version I am willing to accept. For instance, the disease her son faces has nothing really to do with the physical realm. And then there is the illegal clinical trials that sends her back to the past to save her son’s soul.

I am rather anxious for book 2. Raquel’s Hamartia is written in the first person, and although I normally have a hard time identifying with the main character, I had no trouble at all becoming Grace. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and was rather caught off-guard that there would be a second installment. Raquel’s writing style is easy to read, easy to understand the emotions of her characters, and the setting is pretty well laid out.

For plot, characters, setting, and the emotional side-effects that you, the reader, will have to live with for a while after, I highly recommend this book. Well done, Raquel! Get moving on number two!