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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
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Hardcover, 438 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Terri Wino
I received an ARC of this book from St. Martin's Press through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Thank you to both.
I had never read anything by this author and, based on the book description, was really looking forward to this story. Sadly, this book was very disappointing to me.
The entire storyline was just so implausible to me. Usually if I struggle with the foundation of the story I can overlook it if the book is well-written and has strong characters. Unfortunately, the entire time I was
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Melissa
I finished this book a few days ago and I had to take some time to gather my thoughts. This is the first book I’ve read from Lisa Scottoline and obviously I was expecting a different experience. Who picks up a book hoping they don’t like it?

My biggest issue with the storyline was how unbelievable it felt. I totally get this is a work of fiction, but I still want to feel like the situation I’m thrown into is plausible in some capacity. On top of that, I can’t get over this nagging thought that
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S.W. Hubbard
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Remember when you were a little kid and you'd get into squabbles that went like this: is not, is to, is not, is too, is not, is too? Now imagine an entire novel like this.
Chapter 1--Christine sees a recently arrested serial killer on the news and thinks he looks like the photo of the anonymous sperm donor who is the biological father of her fetus. Her husband says the killer is not their donor. Is too. Is not. Is too.
Chapter 2--The best friend is brought in for a consultation. Nah, it's not
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sue
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok

While I’m laid up I’m reading some past books I’ve had on my shelf for far too long.

I chose this one, I wish I hadn’t. I’ve got this on my ‘ struggled like hell’ Goodreads shelf.

It really wasn’t the book I was anticipating. I enjoyed the blurb!

Lisa Scottoline is not a person I’ve not heard of before or indeed, read before.
She’s on my “hit and miss” authors radar.

This is simply one that I just couldn’t handle.
It could have been so much better. The woman who is portrayed in this book sounds
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Erin
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
Well, that is 3 hours of my life that I desire to take back. This sure was a doozy! I am not a stranger to best-selling author, Lisa Scottoline. In fact, I have read at least seven of her other books. I was really disappointed with how fast an intriguing plotline descended into absolute ridiculousness. What would you do if you found out your sperm donor might actually be a serial killer?

In Most Wanted elementary school teacher, Christina wants to find out more about "the biological father"
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I am a long time fan of Lisa Scottoline so it pains me to say that this book missed the mark for me. I haven't read all of Ms. Scottoline's novels but I have read quite a few over the years and this one is my least favorite of the bunch by a lot. I just found the entire plot of this book to be utterly ridiculous. I really tried to just go with it but throughout the book there was a little voice in the back of my head telling me that nobody
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Mary Kubica
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another masterpiece from Scottoline! Must read.
Aditi
May 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
“Assassins take no pride in fighting fairly. We take pride in winning.”

-----Robin Hobb


Lisa Scottoline, the award-winning New York Times bestselling author, pens an enticing and thrilling story of lies, suspense and truth in her new crime-fiction book, Most Wanted that traces the journey of a woman who after long struggle became pregnant, only to find out that the sperm donor is actually a serial killer and now she must travel to the end of the earth to find out the truth on whether the donor
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
**LISTENED TO THE AUDIOBOOK, FELT THE SAME***

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read several books by Ms. Scottoline and it seems as though it’s either hit or miss with her novels. My favorite book was “Every Fifteen Minutes” which was a true psychological thriller. I’m not quite sure what genre I would put this book in, chick lit, mystery, etc. It was somewhat disappointing.

The main topic that this book explores is infertility and how it affects
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Cheryl
Feb 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one.
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Patrice Hoffman
Can you imagine the thing you want most in the world could potentially turn into a psycho killer based on their genetic makeup? Christine Nilsson doesn't have to imagine but she does have to investigate. After seeing the capture of a serial killer dubbed the "Nurse Murderer", Christine's picturesque idea of finally having the baby and family she's most wanted, could simply become a nightmare.

Christine and Markus Nilsson are unable to conceive children and enlist the help of fertility specialist
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Elaine
Apr 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Well I got to the halfway mark on this one and can’t go on any further. Firstly, it is not the story I was hoping for. Christine and Marcus are expecting a baby that has been conceived with sperm from an anonymous donor. They have seen the donor’s profile and photo but do not know his identity, until Christine sees a newsflash showing the arrest being made of a suspected serial killer. She just “knows” that is their sperm donor. So far, so good. I really thought this might turn out to be a ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Christine Nelson has wanted nothing more than to be a mother. When she and her husband, Marcus have trouble conceiving, they use a sperm donor in order to have their child. Soon after Christine finds out she's pregnant, a news story comes on about a serial killer who is killing nurses. The killer looks a lot like their sperm donor and Christine will not rest until she finds out the truth. Traveling from Connecticut to Pennsylvania, she uses all her available resources to find out who the father ...more
shana
Mar 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received this book as an ARC - thank you! I've read and enjoyed books by this author in the past, but this one didn't do it for me. The premise is wildly unbelievable and the protagonist comes across as dumb (regarding someone mentioning a postmortem photo - "you mean, like, dead?") and not especially likeable. The husband character is a whiny brat. The only character I related to was the grumpy lawyer who didn't want to be bothered with this nonsense.
Mayda
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, thrillers
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. ...more
Nyonie
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
The story started off with a bang- the couple found that their sperm donor might be a serial killer. What a dilemma! My interest was piqued and I settled down to enjoy the ride. Alas, The story just went south from there. The characters were just so unbelievably irritating. There were too many impractical scenarios and the fairytale ending just makes it worse.
That said, the subject matter was interesting. I learned a few things about the eggs and sperms donation industry. If only the story goes
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Judy Collins
Top 50 Books of 2016!

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!

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 decides to go the sperm donor route, versus
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This one was good not as many twists as the last few of Scottolines books that I have read. But still I read it fast and was happy with the outcome.
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
This book follows Christine who is recently pregnant with her first child and going to be stopping working so she can raise her child. Christine and her husband Marcus ended up conceiving via a donor after many trying months. Christine and Marcus have hidden the fact that they ended up using a donor from most people.

My one favorite part about the book was the mystery itself. The author did a great job unraveling the clues of what was going on. I did want to keep reading the book until I figured
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Jenna Osborne
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
So a serial killer walks into a sperm bank and…er, yeah. It does sound like the beginning of a dirty joke. Let me start again.

Say that your whole life, your womb cried out for occupation. Tiny pink socks and fuzzy blankies and Pampers commercials make you break out in hives of anticipation. But after years of trying, you realize that your true love is, well, let’s just say his little swimmers are not swimming, they’re not even in the water, they’re up on the beach having a mojito or maybe back
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Jessica Matson
This is the second book of Lisa Scottoline's that I have read. It started off really strong. The fact that she touches on a subject many people in the world live through everyday: infertility is completely a new angle. We find out that it's not always a easy road getting what you wish for. The book is very interesting indeed. Slow at some points but get your detective thinking cap on. Also be prepared to cry if you are a person who connects with characters easily. I even shed a few tears. The ...more
Cole
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
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
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
RATING: 2 STARS
2016; St Martin's Press (352 Pages)

Christine and Marcus want a child to complete their family, but Marcus is unable to reproduce. With the help sperm donor from a reputable company they are having their first baby. Christine, a teacher, is leaving her job and on the last day her colleagues throw her a surprise party. While they are packing up the gifts she sees a news report about the capture of a serial killer. The serial killer looks like their donor and Christine won't let up
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Erin
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh this book. What an eye roller it was. I have never yelled "Oh come the hell on!" to a book so many times in my life. I'm not sure I can review this book without spoilers, so click below:

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Charlene Roberson
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Here is that review:

I previously had only read the "Rosato and Associates" series of books by Lisa Scottoline, so I was a little disappointed that this was not one of those. But I was also disappointed in the story and the style. I couldn't figure out what this book was trying to be - chick lit, an adventure story, a mystery? It went in a lot of directions and I just ended up plowing through to the end. It
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Stacey
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good summer read. About half way through I thought to myself, "I know where this going." Wrong. Later I thought I knew who the bad guy was. Wrong. Ok, I know how this is going to end. Wrong again. It was nice to read a book that I was totally in the mood for AND it wasn't predictable.

My only negative was with the main character. Everything she did she got lucky, from lying about who she was and believed, given the benefit of the doubt to gaining information. But...I liked her.

On a personal
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Melissa A.S.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
What a disappointment! I cannot remember the last time I read a book as anticlimactic as this one. What was the point really? Terrible plot development, no twists, no surprise, just a boring novel any amateur could have scripted.
Eve
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. But Marcus can not father a baby, so they are forced to rely on donor's sperm and medical intervention to have their much wanted baby. 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 murders - and the blond man bear an undeniable and uncanny resemblance to her donor...

I wanted to like this story more but I could not stand how
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Anna
Christine, finally pregnant, is overjoyed with the prospect of being a mother, and plans to be a stay at home mom. By a random coincidence, a news blurb on the TV while they are cleaning up from the party her fellow teachers threw her, rocks her to the core. A man arrested as a possible serial killer looks just like the picture of the sperm donor they used. The donor chose to remain anonymous, and the sperm bank refuses to disclose the name of the donor. Christine's husband, Marcus, is disturbed ...more
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Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 30 novels, including her #1 bestselling, AFTER ANNA. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, ...more
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