Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#MMBBR Guest Reviewer: Sara with her #Reviews of Liberty and Means by Kristin Dow and Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

Sara is my guest reviewer today.  She is an avid reader, teaching assistant in growth and development and mother of 5.  She is also part of my book club and dear friend.  
I hope you enjoy her reviews.
Welcome Sara!

Someone is tracking Shannon Clark, altering the course of her life in a most unexpected, thrilling way. But as the familiar is gradually stripped away, she starts to feel disconnected and doesn’t know who to trust. Family, friends, dating, work...nothing is the same and everything is complicated. Will Shannon learn to embrace her new world filled with golden opportunity or get lost amongst its trappings? She now has the chance to follow her dreams. Trouble is, she doesn’t know what they are.

Sara's Review: Have you ever wondered what you would do or how your life would change if you ever won a large amount of money?  Well, Liberty and Means explores just that.  Liberty and Means is a suspenseful book that will keep you guessing the whole way through.  It follows the life of Shannon Clark as her life takes some unexpected turns.  She is a very likable character who has to discover who to trust and what to do now that money isn't an issue.  I felt the book started out a bit slow, but a huge plot twist made the book hard to put down.  4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: “Spellbinding. Another tour de force from Scottoline. It drew me in, in a single breath.” –Mary Kubica, bestselling author of The Good Girl

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 killer?

Sara's Review:  Lisa Scottoline is a favorite author of mine.  I did enjoy this book, but found it a bit less realistic than some of her other books.  Christine and Marcus are unable to conceive a child on their own and turn to sperm donation.  Once Christine is pregnant, she sees something on the news about a serial killer and thinks he looks like the photos of her sperm donor.  She takes matters into her own hands and begins to investigate.  This causes problems in her relationship with Marcus.  This story has some great complex characters and really made me think "what would I do in this situation?", but the ending was a bit strange and I never really could figure out what type of genre this book was- mystery, chick lit or thriller.  I would recommend this book to others and give it 4 stars because I do feel that Scottoline is an amazing storyteller and can draw her readers into the worlds she creates in her books.  It was just a bit different than her other books.

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