Through massive research, investigation and reporting, it tells the story of the woman, Henrietta Lacks, whose cells spawned countless cell lines that still live today over half a century since her death. Her cells led to the development of countless research and scientific breakthroughs: from vaccines to genome mapping and everything in between.
Skloot relates the story of Henrietta by framing it within the larger tale of her decade long journey to unearth the facts of the case and find answers for Henrietta's family and descendants. It is a story that takes many, sometimes bizarre, turns.
The end result is a page turner that reads like a thriller throughout and, in some chapters recounting early experimentation on human subjects, like a horror story. If you're a fan of science, of history or of a good story, I highly recommend you check this out.
--Reviewed by Ms. Angie