Sometimes what you want, you simply want “just because,” and sometimes you make a decision because it seems best. Some choices, though, are made to satisfy deep longings. If what you long for collides with what terrifies you most, what do you do? Lisa Scottoline’s newest book, Most Wanted, delves into decisions and how they affect everyone involved.
When Christine and Marcus Nilsson discover Marcus is infertile, they choose a sperm donor through a well-respected/well-known donor bank. Only they, the fertility doctor, the bank, and Christine’s best friend, know Christine is pregnant through a donor. They have the donor’s ID number, background health information and physical characteristics, and two pictures of the donor – one as a baby and one as an adult.
At three months pregnant, Christine sees a “Breaking News” story of the arrest of a suspected serial killer who looks identical to her donor’s picture, and she and Marcus’ world of happily-ever-after explodes.
Marcus is horrified and is convinced that being a serial killer/psychopath could be genetic. He wants to sue the donor bank, and Christine’s doctor, for not revealing the donor’s true identity and improper screening. He even thinks about terminating the pregnancy.
Christine comes at it from a different viewpoint. This baby is hers. But then she decides to go undercover to meet the suspected donor and learn the truth.
Most Wanted explores the heartbreak of infertility, the need for true friendship, the ups and downs of marriage and stress, and it also take the reader on a wild ride of questions, answers, and the multi-faceted fallout of pursing our deepest desires.
This is definitely a book that makes you think about the “what ifs.” Whether or not you’ve experienced the heartbreak of infertility, the despair of unresolved expectations, or the betrayal of the human heart, you’ll be touched by, and encouraged by, Scottoline’s Most Wanted.
Great summer or beach read!
For more information about the author, visit her website Lisa Scottoline.
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