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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (20 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472221842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472221841
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lisa Scottoline walks readers into this charged moral dilemma and then takes them on an intense, breathless ride (Jodi Picoult)

Honest and hugely emotional (Michael Connelly)

Brilliant and infused with love... I couldn't put it down (Louise Penny)

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The unputdownable new novel from the New York Times bestseller - devastating dilemma fiction told with captivating depth and pace

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This book got me from the very start it was a really really enjoyable read but quite heartbreaking at times
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Format: Hardcover
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Christine and Marcus Nilsson are unable to begin the family they so desperately want due to Marcus’ infertility, so decide to use donor sperm. All is going well until, one day, Christine sees a news report on the TV showing the arrest of a suspected serial killer. The man closely resembles the photograph she has of her donor. Christine panics and the situation is further compounded by Marcus’ growing ‘all about me’ attitude. Cracks begin to appear in their relationship and Christine, despite Marcus’ objections, has to know the truth since Homestead, the sperm donor facility, will neither confirm or deny the identity of their donor.

Marcus wants to sue Homestead but Christine has other ideas and takes matters into her own hands. The lengths she goes to and the assumptions made is where the story, for me, becomes less than realistic.

There are genuine issues raised which are very thought provoking and I can see how a similar situation might occur. Not necessarily a serial killer, of course, but something possibly unwanted that only comes to light at a later date. It’s an interesting premise but, for me, the plot let the story down. I don’t know anything about sperm banks and can only assume Ms Scottoline’s research is accurate in that a donor is chosen by certain desired characteristics and a profile of the donor is given to the recipients, the amount of information dependent on whether the donor wishes to remain anonymous. The question of nature versus nurture is also brought into question – can a person be pre disposed to particular characteristics and behaviour or is the environment and the child’s personal experiences more the defining influence.
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This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I ploughed through to the end as I have an interest in the theme... donor conception... And I thought the author might offer some psychological insight into infertility, or the moral dilemmas thrown up by knowing/not knowing the identity of a donor, and the degree to which knowing thar a donor might be, for example, a serial killer would affect a couples preconception the donor is 'just a cell'.
But author explores none of these issues. In fact she shows a profound lack of understanding of donor conception in general, skipping over relevant themes blindly and then occasionally inserting tedious paragraphs of facts which shout out RESEARCH, with no attempt to slide these gracefully into the weave of the text...
Or perhaps that's because there is no weave... This reads like a night class for novice writers first draft effort... Words are dropped onto the pages with 'he said she saids', and the characters' edges barely peel off the page, stuck there in their dull 2d stamp... Someone is blonde, someone has rippling muscles, someone has been copied out of a Hollywood little guy lawyer detective movie. And the plot devices.. Clunky excuses to explain away why one character wouldn't know the true identity of another (a professional that doesn't use email or internet anyone?). None of them make sense.
I resented every minute I wasted on this book. Only once in hundreds of pages did something catch my interest but it lasted a few sentences and the author didn't go with it and I was back to the grind.
I don't want to write such a negative review as I respect anyone who manages to complete a book, and if a friend had managed to produce this in her spare time as a first effort and for her own amusement I'd be impressed at her determination and suggest she work on it, as she might have the kernel of something interesting.
But published?
Never.
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This is a different, rather unusual story. Christine and her husband Marcus long for a baby. They discover Marcus is infertile so chose a sperm donor. Christine becomes pregnant. She is very happy but Marcus struggles slightly to accept her pregnancy. A few months later the TV news reports that a serial killer has been arrested. The young blond man looks exactly like the sperm donor used by Christine and Marcus. Our story continues with Christine desperate to find out if the young man is the donor and innocent of the killings. For Marcus, he is only desperate to accept the baby Christine carries.
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Awful, turgid, boring. Is this a book she wrote when she was twelve, and her publishers are selling it because she has made a name for herself? If not she has lost the plot and I won't be reading any more Scottiline books, which I have enjoyed in the past. I wouldn't even give it one star, more like minus, except that is not an option.
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