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Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Synopsis: Lisa Scottoline delivers another searing, powerful blockbuster novel that explores hot-button issues within the framework of an intricately plotted thriller. When a woman and her husband, desperate for a baby, find themselves unable to conceive, they decide to take further steps. Since it’s the husband who is infertile, the heroine decides to use a donor. And all seems to be well. Three months pass and she is happily pregnant. But a shocking revelation occurs when she discovers that a man arrested for a series of brutal murders is her donor–the biological father of the child she is carrying. Delving deeper to uncover the truth, the heroine must face her worst fears, and uncover the terrifying truth.
Lisa Scottoline is one of my favorite authors when it comes to legal thrillers, mysteries and suspense, so I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book for months, but despite a timely and intriguing premise Most Wanted ultimately goes off the rails due to unlikable, one-dimensional characters, and implausible scenarios that had me shaking my head in disbelief. At the beginning of the novel Christine and Marcus Nilsson are a happily married couple who after finding out that Marcus is infertile make the joint decision to use a reputable fertility clinic. Then Christine sees what looks like their donor on tv after being arrested for the murder of a nurse and instead of becoming a thought-provoking exploration of the nature vs nurture debate, the story turns into an overwrought soap opera where no one comes out looking good. Christine becomes obsessed with Zachary–first doing everything she can to discover if he is actually the donor, and then trying to determine if he’s a serial killer–even going so far as to hiring a lawyer for him and acting as a detective/paralegal on his case. While I can appreciate her being distraught over the possibility of her baby’s biological father being a sociopath, her response makes no sense whatsoever. She puts not only herself in jeopardy, but also the life of her unborn baby she supposedly cares so much about, and there is no way any of her actions are even remotely believable. Marcus spends the entire story being angry and bitter at not only the fertility clinic, but also at Christine for her reluctance to participate in the lawsuit he’s bringing against the clinic, and also for her Nancy Drew activities on behalf of Zachary. There isn’t one show of support shown from him toward his wife until the very end. Because so much time focuses on Christine I never got a real sense of who Marcus was beyond his extremely disagreeable and alpha-like personality. Zachary is a little more interesting especially as his motives are unclear throughout the book, but the mystery surrounding him isn’t enough to save this story. There’s a few humorous moments provided by the couple’s lawyer Gary, who I loved, but sadly his scenes are few and far between. There is absolutely nothing realistic about the story or its characters and the ending is further proof of how pointless the entire book is. If you haven’t read Lisa Scottoline and you’re interested I suggest trying her Rosato & Associates series. Otherwise, please spare yourself the pain I put myself in and skip this frustrating and aggravating book.