Rating: 4 Stars
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date: April 12, 2016
Hardcover, 438 pages
I will start this off by saying I love Lisa Scottoline. She is a must read for me. I read all of her stand-alone novels as they are released and I am making my way through the DiNunzio & Associate books now and absolutely love those. And while I enjoyed this book, it was topical and a very fast read, it definitely was not one of her best in my opinion. However, if you just remind yourself while you read this that it’s fiction and you are reading for enjoyment you will enjoy it like I did.
First there is the topical element of having fertility problems. My heart truly goes out to any couple who deals with this and I think Ms. Scottoline handles this part well. And she connects the element of what if you saw your sperm donor being arrested for being a serial killer in a realistic way. I completely understood how both Christine and Marcus felt. What are the repercussions on the child? Does it matter? To a mother who wants a child badly it might not. To a father not connected, it might. Very realistic.
Then it goes a little off the rails, but then again most Scottoline books have the female protagonist taking things into her own hands and investigating. Usually though she has a clue what she is doing. Christine, really does not, she just kind of goes about things and lucks into things. First by actually going to the jail to meet Zachary under the guise of wanting to write a book about him. He’s charismatic and soon she seems to be under his spell and believing he’s innocent? Or is he? Off she goes on a wild goose chase with his lawyer (or mainly on her own) and against her husband’s wishes to prove or disprove Zachary’s innocence, but will she destroy her already crumbling marriage in the process?
It’s crazy and gets out there, but it keeps you interested. I would get a little frustrated with Christine at times, but overall I really liked her. Marcus frustrated me but I think I understand him. Zachary I didn’t really care for, but maybe I wasn’t supposed to. But the charcters are developed pretty well for a plot-driven novel so I liked that I got to know a few of them well. Some were true characters – loved Gary, the lawyer Marcus hired, he’s a hoot. And Griff, he’s a caring grump.
As mentioned before the plot moves at a good clip. I found this hard to put down and I had to know what happened next. For the majority of the novel I found it well-paced. i just felt like the ending was rushed. It was like bam – that’s the end and there were some questions about what happened that I would have liked answered, but I am guessing it’s one of those I’m left to decide on my own.
All-in-all, I found this to be enjoyable. It was not one of my favorites of hers but not every book will hit everyone perfectly. This may not have been perfect for me, but it could be perfect for you. Who knows. All I know is I read for pleasure and I got my money’s worth out of this one (okay I got it for free at the library, but had I paid for it, it would have been worth it).
About the Book:
Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.
Two months pass and Christine is happily pregnant. but one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders-and the blond man bears an undeniable and uncanny resemblance to her donor.
Delving deeper to uncover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. Riveting and fast-paced, with the depth of emotionality that has garnered Lisa Scottoline legions of fans, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer?
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