- Written by: Lisa Scottoline
- Published by: St Martin’s Press, April 12, 2016
- Length: 422 pages
- Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinion.
Summary: 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 is 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 confront a terrifying truth. Most Wanted is sure to be Lisa Scottoline’s most discussed, bestselling novel yet. (publisher)
My Thoughts: There is never a doubt that Lisa Scottoline knows how to weave a story in such a way that you’ll stay up past a reasonable bed time and keep turning pages. The plot and premise of this book is no different. Lisa delves into the world of infertility and the use of donor sperm in order to conceive. While it’s not new, most of us know very little about the screening and quality control issues that sperm banks use to assure the very best results for it’s customers. Christine and Marcus are the couple in this book who are now pregnant and suddenly forced with questions. Christine sees a man on the TV news who looks like the photo they have of their sperm donor, only this man is being arrested as a suspect in a string of murders. Her panic spreads to her best friend, and eventually her husband buys into the similarities. Naturally the sperm bank and her own doctor can’t answer her questions, they are tied by confidentiality documents. This should be the focus of this book, this dilemma of how mental illness is screened is enough to propel the reader forward.
Unfortunately the story takes a swift turn into a series of unlikely events. I understood Christine wanted answers, but I didn’t believe that her next steps would lead her to actually helping an unknown man or may or may not be the biological father of her child. She is a teacher, and the events that occur are fairly far from her expertise. I was interested in the story, which was another mystery altogether,but it didn’t seem plausible to me.
I was also disturbed by her husband’s unwillingness to share that they had used donor sperm to conceive. I’m sure this is something that occurs, but I’d be curious to know the statistical data of couples who do try to hide this fact. Infertility isn’t a blame game, and I believe that it’s more likely couples are at least more open with their own extended families about extraordinary measures in conceiving.
I did enjoy Most Wanted very much, it kept me riveted and I do recommend it to fans of Lisa Scottoline or anyone who enjoys a good thriller. The topic of mental health screening for donors is playing out in the news right now, so this is a great book for discussion.