“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: Tall. Blonde. Blue eyes. Medical Student. 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, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer?
I have loved every book I have read written by Lisa Scottoline, and this one was no exception. I was lucky enough to have the weekend open as an “R&R” weekend, so I brought my iPad with me so I could read a book (or two). We barely got on the road to head to the resort and I had finished two chapters of the book, and shared the story up to that point with my mate. It seemed intriguing right from the start.
The story is this: Christine is a teacher who is wrapping up the end of her job and is happily finally pregnant after trying for 3 years. After doing the appropriate research, Christine and her husband, Marcus, decided to use a donor who is a promising medical student with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a seemingly terrific background. Everything seems to be going well, until a glance at the television at Christine’s baby shower at work shows a serial killer being arrested who eerily looks exactly like their donor. While Christine is certain it is their donor, Marcus isn’t believing it….. yet.
Christine becomes totally obsessed with learning the identity of her donor. Unfortunately, Marcus isn’t feeling the same way and because they don’t agree on how to handle it, it causes conflict among them. Marcus goes the “attorney” route, and Christine goes the “take your best friend to visit a potential serial killer in jail” route. She doesn’t get all of the answers she wants, but enough answers to keep her wanting to know more. Christine is desperate and becomes vested in Zachary (the alleged serial killer). Now she wants to know if he’s her donor AND she wants to know if he is actually the serial killer or not.
Christine feels Zachary is innocent one minute, and then the next minute, she thinks he’s guilty. She feels that the only way to prove his innocence (or guilt) it is to find out if there is any other possibility of it being someone else. She finds Zachary a local attorney and after a falling out with her husband, she joins forces with the cranky, but loveable old attorney, Griff, to discover the truth. I have to say in my opinion, Marcus (the husband) is not a nice guy. He doesn’t support his wife while acting like he supports his wife, understand what I mean? His “manhood” is hit hard and he can’t seem to get past that in all of his actions.
As you know if you follow me, I don’t write spoilers, so that’s about as much of the story as I can give you. Buy the book, it’ll keep you invested. The story poses both ethical or moral dilemmas along with unusual legal issues involving the sperm bank and all involved in Christine’s pregnancy. The story is intense and the twists and turns definitely kept me glued to each page. I couldn’t get enough of the book, reading it at every opportunity until I turned the last page.
Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of twenty-four novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States, and she has been published in thirty-five countries. She has served as the president of Mystery Writers of America, and her thrillers have been optioned for television and film.
Lisa also writes a weekly humor column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and those critically acclaimed stories have been adapted into a series of memoirs, the first of which is entitled, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets.