Thursday, May 26, 2016

Most Wanted

Happy Sally Ride Day!  It is a day to honor the first women into space (she was a mission specialist on Challenger in 1983).  Miss Penny (my fifteen year old calico) sat on my keyboard (if I do not want her on it, she will get on it).  Now the virtual keyboard keeps popping up (and I cannot get rid of it).  I went into settings and thought I had it fixed.  Nope! Everytime I go to type something, it comes up with a "bing".  I think the computer is trying to annoy me (and drive me crazy--which is a short trip according to my mother).

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 (and not worth $14.99 for an ebook).  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. 

You can follow Lisa Scottoline on Facebook. I received a complimentary copy of Most Wanted from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

I am currently reading Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle (I love this series).  I am off to spray paint some furniture (part of the redecorating).  I hope all of you have had an enjoyable day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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