Lisa Scottoline has delivered taut thrillers with a powerful emotional wallop in her New York Times best-sellers Save Me, Think Twice, and Look Again. Now, with her new novel, Come Home, she ratchets up the suspense with the riveting story of a mother who sacrifices her future for a child from her past.
Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her - though it is stressful - and her daughter, Megan, is a happily overscheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hardearned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.Come Home reads with the breakneck pacing of a thriller while also exploring the definition of motherhood, asking the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an exchild? What are the limits to love of family?
©2012 Lisa Scottoline (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
The voice of the teenagers, especially Meghan. Her voice was so overdone with the "braces lisp" and the "over-the-top" drama, I almost clicked this off and moved it to "archived". I know how dramatic teens can be, I had two, but the narration was just so repulsive to me. Also, the character of Jill was too unbelievable. There is no mother on earth that would not love and protect her children, but she was just "too much".
Tone down the voice of Meghan. Jill needed to be more realistic.
I love Lisa Scottoline, but, this one left me unsatisfied. The basic storyline was great and initially stimulated my interest, but it left me cold. I barely listened to the last few chapters.
I have enjoyed Scottoline in the past, but this novel was one unbelievable scenario after another. The protagonist constantly takes stupid risks under the guise of being a good mother and is repeatedly and unrealistically saved at the last minute no matter how ridiculous her choices were. Big disappointment!
I usually don't write reviews but this time I felt so strongly that I should. The narrator was awful. From the start, she made the teenager in the story sound like she had cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, which she didn't. It was hard to remember that the character is a "typical" teen and the narrator's talking like she has marbles in her mouth can be very distracting.
The story line is okay, but not up to par for Scottoline. I usually like her work and this was a let-down. It was not realistic at all, not believable, and there were so many holes in the story that became annoying. Finally, there were a lot of metaphors that were so flowery and pseudo-poetic to the point that it took away from the imagery rather than adding to it. I don't know what Scottoline was trying to do but it was like she had a bunch of pretty lines from a poem and decided to sprinkle them into every other sentence of this book. It turned me off from Scottoline for a while and I will steer clear of this narrator for certain!!
i cant imagine who would enjoy the constant crying and wiping of tears for chapter aftr chapter...nothing suspensful or exciting. i cant listen any longer
An interesting story.
The WHOLE thing. Too much waisted story line on stupid details.
I never write reviews and I have listened to many books by many authors, but this story line was boring, no intrigue, no mystery and a waste of my money and time.
I had a hard time getting through the first couple of chapters. To much crying and sobbing. I love Scottoline books up to this point but this one I didn't like the reader or the way the book started off. I just about gave up but the story kept me listening and liked how it all came together
It was a good plot
Lover of life!
A great mystery with Scottolines tone and cadence that keeps you glued to the book. Scottoline is a master story teller!
I don't like the story, and as another reader has said the whiny, crying narration. I purchased this book back in September but am just now listening to it. Unfortunately even though I am a platinum member who has renewed twice this year, Audible won't let me return this book. As a matter of fact I can no longer return any books. I thought they meant what they said if you don't like it you can return it. Well, I didn't like several books from the beginning of reading them and returned them. It's not like I'm reading it from start to finish and returning them. They have in small print that you can return a reasonable number of books. What that number is they don't say. I am sorry I will be stuck with this book I will never listen to now. Unfair! I wrote them about this matter and they didn't even bother to reply. I just would like my credit back. Does anyone else have this problem?
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I think the narration was extremely over acted in the part of this book I listened to until I couldn't stand it anymore.
I liked all the other Lisa Scottoline books I have read/listened to.
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