Published April 12th 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
Publisher: 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?
My Review: Most Wanted hooked me right from the start, but did not end as well as I had expected. For that reason, I only gave it 4 stars. This book brought up the age old argument between Nature vs Nurture, but did not drag on that point too much.
Christine and Markus Nilsson are unable to conceive children. After going through various tests and procedures, they decide to use a sperm donor. They pour over hundreds of potential male donors when one remarkably handsome face beckons to them. He looks enough like her husband’s scandinavian makeup that they picked this sperm. Blond, blue eyed, medical student, all the bells and whistles really one would look for in a donor. After successfully conceiving, Christine is not far along in her pregnancy when a random news bit draws her attention. A serial killer has been arrested and he looks like donor 3319. Could their child inherit genes to become a killer? Is this their sperm donor? Why won’t anyone answer their questions?
Marcus goes into protective/attack mode and wants to sue the sperm bank to find out the identity of their donor. He even mentions abortion at one point. He begins to pull away from Christine and reveals that he does not want this baby. Against her better judgment and the advice of her husband, Chrisine seeks to find the truth. What begins as a potential debate of whether our DNA matters so much turns into a quest for the truth. The truth of who really killed the nurses and who her “baby daddy” really is. There are many parts after this where it becomes a little unbelievable, but it is fiction after all. Christine becomes an amateur detective and hires on as an investigator with Zachary Jeffcoate’s defense attorney. She asks questions, pokes at people, stumbles upon clues and puts herself in danger. Meanwhile, her husband stays at home and pouts.
This was a mystery that I enjoyed. The actual killer was nowhere on my radar. My gripe is simply that the thrilling conclusion was thrown in simply so Scottoline’s core audience would be able to say they didn’t see that coming and I was somewhat disappointed.
I’m a fan of Lisa Scottoline whether it is a family drama, legal investigations, thrillers or her humourous books and I did enjoy Most Wanted, but the ending was bizarre and a bit too cliche for me. Essentially, Scottoline’s latest is a good read. It doesn’t deter me from reading more of her novels. I just simply know that it’s not one of the best books of hers that I have read.