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Most Wanted

Most Wanted

Написано Lisa Scottoline

Озвучено Julia Whelan


Most Wanted

Написано Lisa Scottoline

Озвучено Julia Whelan

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4/5 (34 оценки)
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12 hours
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Apr 12, 2016
ISBN:
9781427266897
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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 serial killer?

A Macmillan Audio production.

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Apr 12, 2016
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Lisa Scottoline is a #1 bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty-two novels. She also co-authors a bestselling non-fiction humor series with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. There are more than thirty million copies of Lisa's books in print in more than thirty-five countries. She lives in Pennsylvania with an array of disobedient but adorable pets.


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  • (4/5)
    This book was great to listen to. I was hooked from the very beginning and I had hard time turning it off every time I started listening. The story continuously moved forward with characters new and old. I loved how detailed the character and scene descriptions were. I felt like I could picture every single character in the book just the way the author imagined them, which I found absolutely beautiful. This wasn't a book with a huge plot twist at the end by my standards, but I also did not expect the ending based on the details in the novel. I suspect that if I were to re-read the book I would pick up on more subtle details that may or may not reveal the ending. It was a great book and I would recommend it.
  • (2/5)
    Scottoline is known for stories that explore emotive issues which affect families within the context of a thriller, ensuring a loyal readership. I selected this book on the strength of its description, it offers a compelling hook, and definitely has genre appeal. Most Wanted begins strongly as Christine and Marcus struggle with the idea that the biological father of their unborn child may be a serial killer, but unfortunately it soon devolves into a farce. Unlike some other readers I actually thought that Marcus’s behaviour throughout was believable, but I could find nothing that supported Christine’s actions. I empathised with her initial fears, but really could not rationalise her subsequent conduct. Christine’s insistence on her intuitive ‘connection’ with Zachary, the donor, was laughable, and while elementary teachers are generally resourceful, I thought the way in which she inserted herself into the investigation was implausible.On a slightly more positive note, Most Wanted was a quick, well paced read, though largely because it lacked any real substance.I felt Most Wanted began with an intriguing idea, unfortunately I just thought it was poorly executed.
  • (3/5)
    Not as compelling as other books that I have read by this author. I thought that the characters were not as carefully drawn as they might have been, and the plot line bordered on the unbelievable. Not a bad read, just not Scottoline's best.
  • (4/5)
    This book was great to listen to. I was hooked from the very beginning and I had hard time turning it off every time I started listening. The story continuously moved forward with characters new and old. I loved how detailed the character and scene descriptions were. I felt like I could picture every single character in the book just the way the author imagined them, which I found absolutely beautiful. This wasn't a book with a huge plot twist at the end by my standards, but I also did not expect the ending based on the details in the novel. I suspect that if I were to re-read the book I would pick up on more subtle details that may or may not reveal the ending. It was a great book and I would recommend it.
  • (1/5)
    Preposterous book; very uncomfortable with main character and her husband worried about having a sociopath baby and then it got worse.
  • (3/5)
    Lisa Gardener you let me down. The premise of this book was fascinating. A invetro pregnancy whose donor is arrested as a serial killer. I expected emotional conversations about nature vs nurture, and the implications of each. Unfortunately what started out well just turned into another amateur sleuth story.
  • (5/5)
    What a ride Lisa Scottoline takes us on with this book! It kept me turning the pages until the end. It kept me guessing throughout the book and that is a great thing. I can usually guess who did it, but not with this page turner. The plot of this book is phenomenal, would you want to know the sperm donor of your child, what if he was a criminal, a bad one? I would not, but that is me. Christine, the main character is a strong and powerful voice in this book. All the characters are developed impeccably and you will come to know them all, even some of the less main characters. Lisa Scottoline weaves a tale like no one else. This tale flows like a river, with twists and turns throughout. This is a book that you will want to read especially if you love suspense and mystery. Another A plus novel by Ms. Scottoline. This is a must read for all. It will keep you reading and, well, isn't that what a good book should do? I highly recommend this book. I would like to thank St. Martin's Press, New York for allowing me the honor of reading an early copy of this incredible book. Thank you.
  • (4/5)
    I was captivated by this book from the moment that I read the description. The plot idea is original, the storyline engaging, and the events compelling. I did think that the main character was more than a little unbelievable at times; one could in fact classify her as utterly naive and foolish in how she behaves. Still, I couldn't stop reading in the quest to find out what happens next.
  • (3/5)
    A signed copy passed on to me by a friend. I expected this to be more thriller-ish and even concocted my own ending for it. I was disappointed that SCottoline didn't use my ending.
  • (3/5)
    I do enjoy Lisa Scottoline's books and while I did like this one, I was able to put it down too easily to read something else which isn't something I usually do. Christine and Marcus Nilsson are finally expecting their first baby after using a donor. While I did like the character of Christine, I was alarmed at the way she went about things when she sees a young man arrested as a serial killer and he looks just like their donor. Her husband, Marcus, was not a very likeable character and I got tired of him pretty quickly. I'm not sorry I read this book, it held my interest and I just loved the gruff old lawyer, Griff, who takes on the case...
  • (2/5)
    If you've read several other Lisa Scottoline novels, you probably like her type of writing style. I don't usually. However, a few years ago I read a couple in a row that were good so have read others since then. I discovered that those first two were the exception; for most of the others, I couldn't get over the style, which I think of as immature. It's a style I used to like when I was a teenager, so my review of MOST WANTED would probably have been different then.If you like her style, for you MOST WANTED deserves a slightly higher rating than I give it. Still, though, it's missing the thrills that Scottoline books normally begin at the beginning or close to it. If you're looking for thrills, you can skip a couple hundred pages that describe the lean and muscular husband, the wonderful best friend, trips to the doctor's office, disagreements between husband and wife, and manipulation by an innocent or guilty man. After a couple hundred pages, although thrills begin during an investigation into that man's innocence or guilt, I was so sick of the stupid main character allowing herself to be manipulated, it was too late for me. Whether it turned out she was right or wrong, she did one stupid thing after another so I didn't even care by then.I won this book through goodreads.com.
  • (3/5)
    Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline is based on a very interesting and disturbing premise: what if your sperm donor was a serial killer? Unlike most of her other books, this one is less fluid and the thriller aspect of the story begins later than usual.I did not find the protagonist or her husband to be particularly likable. That in itself is not a big deal except in this case we were probably supposed to care more about them than I did. I empathized with their concerns but their actions were questionable at best (as in not intelligent decisions, especially for educated people) and irritating at worst. There is some insight into what both of them experience, a sense of diminished manhood for the husband and a concern for their unborn child from her, but their actions begin to wear on the reader.I found the information about sperm banks and donors interesting but that information needed to have been learned and given to the reader within the flow of a thriller rather than as a long prelude to the thriller, which is how it feels.I would still recommend this to fans of Scottoline but would suggest a different book for those new to her writing. If you put aside your disbelief and just go with the flow it is okay, so it isn't a waste of time. If you're like me and have high hopes, those hopes will work against you with this one.Reviewed from a copy made available through Goodreads First Reads.
  • (4/5)
    Lisa Scottoline has written another great novel that brings up social issues along with a plot that you can't put down. Christine and Marcus are desperate to have children but Marcus is unable to reproduce. The couple decides to use a donor. The story is a thriller but also gives insight into the emotional issues of infertility and the practices 9f sperm donor clinics. Very Insightful!
  • (3/5)
    In general I like Lisa Scottoline's books and this one was no exception. However, the plot seemed rather bizarre. Granted in today's reproductive world it was realistic; but somewhat melodramatic. It was only because of Scottoline's talents as a writer that she managed to keep the thread of the plot and the characters together.
  • (1/5)
    Probably one of the worst books I have ever read. Unbelievable story line and totally unlikable characters.I wouldn't have even bothered to finish it but after paying $16.99 on Kobo I felt I should try and get my moneys worth. Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
  • (5/5)
    Most wanted by Lisa Scottoline Christine is finally pregnant and she's retiring from being a teacher-for now and her last day they throw her a party. Marcus, her husband surprised her also by showing up!Story of a couple who can not conceive by regular means so they get a male donor and his sperm is injected.While watching the TV news while others cleaned up they noticed a man had been caught-he had committed some serial murders-he resembles their donor!So much kicks in for them to deal with and you wouldn't believe how Christine goes about to get some information....and he may not be the killer and he could be the bio father...Struggles as each of them try to cope.....they solve all the clues....I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (3/5)
    Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline is an interesting read. I have read one or two of her books in the past, and found this to be much in keeping with what I remember about those. There is plenty of suspense, a family and a single story line. In this case, it was about a woman who used donor sperm to become pregnant, when test showed that was the best hope for her and her husband to conceive.Christine was a teacher, and had decided to leave her position to be a stay at home mom. It was her last day of work, when she happened to look up at the television and see a man that she thought looked like their donor. She became consumed with finding out if this was true. She spoke with her MD and her best friend. Marcus, her husband was not convinced as Christine that the man they had seen on the television, who turned out to be an accused serial killer, were the same. He did want to know for sure, and they set out to find the answer.Sperm banks are not in the habit of breaking the privacy rules, and refused to tell them anything. Both Christine and Marcus set out in different ways to learn the truth. Their fear was that if the baby's biological father was a murderer, that something in the DNA of their baby would be like the father, and they didn't know how to feel about it.This is a quick and easy read with an interesting ending. It does lack a certain something, but it does entertain.
  • (5/5)
    I've been a big fan of Lisa Scottoline for a long time, and the premise of her latest book was intriguing to me, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of Most Wanted. The book did not disappoint. I particularly liked the ethical issues related to sperm donation and think they would be excellent to discuss in a book discussion group. This differentiated and elevated the book from the typical thriller. I flew through the book. My only criticism is a few things that happened seemed unrealistic, but it was easy for me to disregard them. I would highly recommend the book to all readers.
  • (4/5)
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I love Lisa Scottoline's books and this one did not disappoint. It is a great read. A unique storyline with strong characters. Highly recommended read!
  • (3/5)
    Most Wanted starts off as a family drama when a married couple, Christine and Marcus, becomes aware that their sperm donor may be a serial killer who has just been captured. It then turns into a mystery / legal thriller when the pregnant wife decides to volunteer as a paralegal for the defense lawyer in order to discover whether the sperm donating serial killer is, in fact, guilty.I had two major issues with this book. The first was how incredibly far-fetched and unbelievable the majority of it was.The second issue was Christine and Marcus. Christine is a reading teacher, so presumably a well-educated professional woman, why would she be this incredibly naive? As an educator you would assume she had some knowledge of child development, sociology and psychology, so why on Earth would she react the way she did? I could insert the entire nature versus nurture debate here, but after getting to the utterly disappointing end of this, I'm just beyond care.Initially, I didn't like Marcus. His pregnant wife is upset, he goes for a round of golf and lets his wife's best friend deal with their issue. Further on, I actually thought Christine was just as ignorant of Marcus's feelings as he was of hers. How could she not be more aware of his feelings of being on the sidelines and feeling humiliated, especially considering the whole side story with his father?I actually felt their marriage was doomed from the start, and to be honest, I feel these two should never be in a position to bring up a child together. So, unfortunately, I couldn't connect with the future parents and I just didn't get them. Hence, the first part of this book wasn't more than 2 stars.The crime investigating part was entertaining albeit totally unbelievable. The best thing about the entire book was the defense lawyer, Griff, what a great character! He should get his own book. I enjoyed this part more and would rate it 3 stars.However, I was utterly disappointed in the ending. All this, and then within 20 odd pages everything is wrapped up so perfectly? That was underwhelming. The ending made the entire book feel pointless. So overall, 2.5 stars.I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
  • (5/5)
    It kept me on the edge of my chair with the plot twists!
  • (3/5)
    Loved the story line of the book, but found the situations listed as far fetched. It was a good read, and held my attention.
  • (5/5)
    I thought this book was interesting. it kept me engaged and wondering what is gonna happen next. can't wait for her new book
  • (4/5)
    Christine is finally pregnant, thanks to an anonymous sperm donor. She and her husband know a bit of the background of their donar and what he looks like, but not much else. About two months into her pregnancy, she sees a picture on TV of a man arrested as a serial murderer. The man looks like her donor, but the sperm bank refuses to give them any information. Christine’s husband wants to sue the bank, but Christine has other ideas. And her ideas lead her to the prisoner who may be her donor. This suspenseful tale is filled with twists that will keep you turning pages. As Christine and her husband view different solutions to their problem, their marriage seems to be falling apart at time that they desperately need each other. This well-written story covers several thought-provoking questions. What would you do if you were Christine?
  • (2/5)
    Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline involves an interesting moral dilemma. Christine Nilsson, schoolteacher, and her husband, Marcus are finally pregnant. They have been trying to get pregnant for quite some time. After a round of tests, it is discovered that Marcus is the culprit. They decided to use a sperm bank and picked a man that looked like Marcus. Then Christine sees a news report about Zachary Jeffcoat being arrested for murder. This man, Zachary, looks just like their donor. Is it him? Christine is sure it is the same man and sets out to find the truth. If their donor really is a murderer, what will they do about their baby? Christine finds herself trying to prove Zachary’s innocence (hires him a lawyer). I found Most Wanted to be an unsurprising novel that contains quite a bit superfluous writing. The story goes on for way too long (I started skimming and wondering if the novel would ever end). The book shows a woman who is out of control and no one stops her (blamed on hormones). Most Wanted was less than acceptable. I am surprised that this book was written by Lisa Scottoline. I found the book to be expected (predictable) especially the ending. I kept hoping for something unexpected or surprising (like killing off the whiny husband). I give Most Wanted 2 out of 5 stars. The characters were not enjoyable (or likeable) especially the husband, Marcus (he had some serious issues). If you want a 101 on sperm banks, then you will want to read this book. If you are looking for a crime novel/thriller, then this is not the book for you. I received a complimentary copy of Most Wanted from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
  • (2/5)
    Christine and her husband, Marcus, have desperately been trying to have a baby. Finally they turn to a local sperm bank. Donor 3319 fits all the physical characteristics of Marcus and weeks later Christine is pregnant. While watching TV Christine notices the resemblance between Donor 3319 and a just captured serial killer. Christine and Marcus try to persuade the sperm bank to reveal Donor 3319's name but they refuse.  The couple react in completely different ways. Marcus decides to sue the organization and Christine and her friend secretly drive up to the prison and visit with the suspected killer, Zachary Jeffcoat. He claims to be the donor and convinces Christine to hire a lawyer for him. Her marriage starts to disintegrate but she's determined to help prove Zachary is innocent. She takes an unpaid job working for the lawyer and starts imitating Nancy Drew.
    One of the few positives for this book was the fascinating information presented on the sperm donor process. The premise also sounded interesting but the story was ridiculous and unbelievable. This is a really disappointing book from an author I generally like. I'm grateful that I was able to check it out from the library and didn't actually buy it.
  • (5/5)
    A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 5 Stars ++ Best Cover Love! Lisa Scottoline's impressive MOST WANTED, is an emotional gripping mix of domestic suspense, action, drama, wit, mystery; psychological, crime, medical, and legal thriller --all rolled into one "killer" page-turner! Top Books of 2016 List. What would you do if you discovered the father of your child may be a sociopath? Christine and Marcus Nilsson are having a baby. Due to Marcus shooting blanks, and many failed attempts at conceiving, the couple decide to go the sperm donor route, versus adoption. After much research, they decided on Donor # 3319 with a sperm bank. A promising medical student, blonde hair, blue eyes, and a terrific background. Perfect, right? Her last day at school at her going away party--teacher, Christine sees a news broadcast of a serial killer who has been arrested for a series of murders--killing nurses. She thinks he looks similar to their donor's photo. She becomes obsessed with learning the identity. She has to know. At first, Marcus is not concerned; however, the more they uncover, it could possibly be true. Marcus and Christine do not agree on the path to take, causing all sorts of conflicts, as things begin to spiral out of control. Tensions are high. From hiring an attorney (loved Gary), to try and force --with a lawsuit (Homestead Bank), to uncover information as to the donor, to martial problems and stress between the couple. Marcus wants no part of a serial killer's child, and even mentions abortion. In the meantime, Christine is frantic, having just left her teaching job she loves to prepare for motherhood, and now this. Her life is falling apart. The baby, the husband, the life she dreamed of. Marcus is not acting like a supportive father. She recruits her best friend and decides to take matters in her own hands. She does not have time to wait for legalities. She needs to know. Fearless, she will go straight to the maximum security prison to meet with the donor, and pretend she is a freelance reporter. She will not tell her husband---a girl's getaway. She will get answers, one away or another. Christine is one sharp cookie! However, the trip delivers more than she expected. The serial killer, says he is innocent. This guy looks nothing like a killer. What happens next will lead Christine to turn to some major sleuthing--from becoming a paralegal, working with an eccentric lawyer, and a full crime investigator in the trenches (she could give Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum a little competition--especially with the "Ranger" connection) --too funny. All the while pregnant, desperately seeking answers to prove if her donor is, or is not a serial killer. Without her husband's help or support. (loved her tenacity). Marcus feels threatened; from his own manly issues, and now his wife is running after a serial killer. The mystery and suspense intensifies, with more complications surrounding the murder, where we meet a cast of secondary characters which add some wit and fun to balance the ongoing impending danger. All the while, a good looking serial killer is in prison, spinning more stories than you can imagine.What is the truth and what is a lie? There is so much evidence; however, Christine feels Zachary is innocent one minute, and guilty the next. The only way to prove it is to find the real killer, if indeed it is not him. When more people turn up dead, there is cause for alarm. She has to help. A copycat? Her husband thinks she has lost her mind. Christine is in danger of losing her husband, marriage, family, baby, and her life--- the closer she gets to the truth. Who is the real serial killer? What a multi-layered complex, fast-paced enthralling whodunit! Ordinary people" caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Your head will be spinning. MOST WANTED poses controversial, ethical and moral dilemmas, as well as highly charged contemporary legal domestic topics. No one does it better than Scottoline --From superb character and plot development, to a strong unstoppable female heroine--you will root for. With plenty of intensity, twists, and turns to keep you glued to the pages. Readers will get a kick out of the "partners-in-crime" duo (Christine/Griff-lawyer) personalities; strongly reminding readers of the Oscar-winning tour de force “Erin Brockovich” (Julia Roberts) and Edward L. Masry (Albert Finney) team. Lisa Scottoline's best yet! Fans and new readers are going to LOVE!
  • (3/5)
    Christine and Marcus wanted a baby. They tried for a year and then went in for fertility tests only to find out that hunky alpha Marcus was shooting blanks. The couple decided on a sperm donor and things in the relationship, though not peachy, were on the right track. Well, until a serial murderer was picked up, put in jail and Christine decides he could be the biological father of the baby embryo in her womb. After that things get a bit crazy and rather unbelievable. Since novels are supposed to be “fiction” that is what I expect when reading but even I had trouble believing that some of the things in this story would happen and that characters would behave as they did. The story is well written and flows but just left me thinking, “Really?” It was, to me, average and thus I am rating it a middle of the road three stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Saint Martin’s Press for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • (3/5)
    Christine and Marcus Nilsson are having a baby, thanks to a sperm bank donor. But when Christine sees a local news report detailing the arrest of a serial killer, she’s stunned. He is, she’s certain, their donor and she’s instantly concerned about what that might mean for their as-yet-unborn child. Confidentiality rules keep the sperm bank from answering her questions so Christine sets out to find the truth herself.Griff, an irascible lawyer, is a gem of a character, bringing a breath of fresh air into the story whenever he appears. Zachary Jeffcoat, the accused serial killer, is clever and calculating with an agenda of his own. Marcus is largely unlikable as he whines his way through most of the story while Christine is nothing if not obsessed about learning the identity of the sperm donor.The writing is crisp and moves the story along as unexpected twists pop up to continually distress the heroine. Readers are apt to find themselves repeatedly shaking their heads at Christine’s actions as she morphs from school teacher into Super Detective. The story plays out much as expected although the final reveal may be a surprise for some readers.