“Spellbinding. Another tour de force from Scottoline. It drew me in, in a single breath.” –Mary Kubica, bestselling author of The Good Girl
Donor 3319 Profile:
Wanted for Serial Murder.
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, the New York Times bestseller, Most Wanted, poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a serial killer?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It should be the happiest of times for elementary school teacher Christine Nilsson and her adoring husband, Marcus, who are finally pregnant after years of struggle. But when Christine becomes convinced the sperm donor of their baby is a just-captured serial killer, she falls into a nightmare. Lisa Scottoline’s clever premise is the jumping-point for a high-stakes, twisting whodunit.
Christine and Marcus Nilsson, the Connecticut couple at the heart of this uneven standalone from bestseller Scottoline (Every Fifteen Minutes), have decided to use a sperm-bank donor after three years struggling to have a baby. No. 3319's identity is anonymous, but, like many donors, he submitted two photographs one as a child, one as an adult. While on early leave from her job as an elementary school teacher, pregnant Christine becomes convinced that the donor is Zachary Jeffcoat, who's being called "the Nurse Murderer" in a TV newscast after his arrest. Christine begins her own investigation to determine if the biological father of her child is a serial killer, even if it puts her life and her marriage at risk. The plot is strongest when focusing on the trials of a couple desperate for a child and the psychological ramifications of using a sperm donor. But too often the story sinks to the melodramatic, unredeemed by Scottoline's usual verve for character.
Tried to do too much.
Interesting story line, though book attempted to do too much. Found all the excruciating details or subtle explanations unnecessary making it cheesy at times. Held my interest but found myself rushing to just get to end.
This book had so much potential with a great story idea, but the plot simply took a ridiculous turn. Don't waste your time.
Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline involves an interesting moral dilemma. Christine Nilsson, schoolteacher, and her husband, Marcus are finally pregnant. They have been trying to get pregnant for quite some time. After a round of tests, it is discovered that Marcus is the culprit. They decided to use a sperm bank and picked a man that looked like Marcus. Then Christine sees a news report about Zachary Jeffcoat being arrested for murder. This man, Zachary, looks just like their donor. Is it him? Christine is sure it is the same man and sets out to find the truth. If their donor really is a murderer, what will they do about their baby? Christine finds herself trying to prove Zachary’s innocence (hires him a lawyer).
I found Most Wanted to be an unsurprising novel that contains quite a bit superfluous writing. The story goes on for way too long (I started skimming and wondering if the novel would ever end). The book shows a woman who is out of control and no one stops her (blamed on hormones). Most Wanted was less than acceptable. I am surprised that this book was written by Lisa Scottoline. I found the book to be expected (predictable) especially the ending. I kept hoping for something unexpected or surprising (like killing off the whiny husband). I give Most Wanted 2 out of 5 stars. The characters were not enjoyable (or likeable) especially the husband, Marcus (he had some serious issues). If you want a 101 on sperm banks, then you will want to read this book. If you are looking for a crime novel/thriller, then this is not the book for you.
I received a complimentary copy of Most Wanted from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.