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Published by St. Martin's Press on April 12, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Women's Fiction
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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 serial killer?
Lisa Scottoline is a new to me author, but I have heard of her and seen her books around for years. When I saw Most Wanted, I loved the synopsis and jumped at the chance to read it. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the read, but a mashup of a mystery, thriller, family drama and chick-lit was not it. Christine is a schoolteacher with a seemingly perfect life. She and her husband, Marcus are expecting their first child and they appear to have everything going for them. However, all is not what it seems and their child was conceived via sperm donation. And their donor may be the serial killer that was just caught.
I liked most of the plot of Most Wanted, however, some of it was so forced and odd that it turned me off. The writing of Lisa Scottoline was great. Nice descriptions, vivid action and her character development was superb. The pacing was a little shaky. Some things seemed very rushed and others very slow. I think Scottoline was going for tension, but the timeline issues detracted from my enjoyment. The world built was fantastic. I could picture the locations and the scenery popped. The emotions in Most Wanted were all over the place. I felt deeply with some people and not at all with others. The characters where were I had the most issues. None of them felt real. They were all over the top and while I understood their motivation, their actions were generally not plausible.
I did enjoy reading Most Wanted, however I just could not get past the totally wackadoo actions of the main character. Christine is not a sympathetic character, she is one that I wanted to shout out and say “let the authorities take care of this! Stop being crazypants!” The writing was fantastic and I liked the way Scottoline made the descriptions pop. I would read another Lisa Scottoline book knowing now how her writing tends, I just won’t expect to love the characters.
Favorite lines – “It made me understand. I married you for a reason, because I love you and because I want to go through this life with you. I didn’t want you to be alone ever, especially not during the tough times. We’re in this together, no matter what, but it took your going away for me to realize that.”
Biggest cliché – I can totally handle this, who needs experience or expertise.
Have you read Most Wanted, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge