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Come Home | [Lisa Scottoline]

Come Home

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Ann Gastonia, NC, United States 06-24-12
    Ann Gastonia, NC, United States 06-24-12
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    "Obnoxious teenagers!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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".


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tone down the voice of Meghan. Jill needed to be more realistic.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Maggi-Meg Reed’s performances?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy 04-21-14
    Peggy 04-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding thriller and mystery novel."
    What did you love best about Come Home?

    It was my idea of what a mystery and thriller should be without a lot of nasty scenes and words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jill


    Which character – as performed by Maggi-Meg Reed – was your favorite?

    Jill


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa San Francisco, CA, United States 09-03-12
    Melissa San Francisco, CA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible Story"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Scottoline and/or Maggi-Meg Reed?

    Maggi-Meg Reed's reading was fine, but the plot of this book was awful.


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Scottoline’s story?

    The plot was unbelievable and the characters broad pastiche.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ellen atkinson, NH, United States 08-31-12
    ellen atkinson, NH, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "i love this author but this was horrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-28-12
    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-28-12
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    "A stand-alone thriller."

    Jill Farrow is a pediatrician involved in a thriving practice. She is involved in a new relationship with Sam, a medical researcher, and her daughter, Megan is happily tied to her 13-year-old school life and the swim team. Then one day, Abby shows up, says her father, (Jill’s ex-husband) is dead, and she insists it is murder. Jill’s ex-husband told Abby and her sister, Victoria, that Jill had abandoned them when she divorced him, which was a lie, but they believed it and Victoria was particularly hostile. Abby seemed very needy, and Sam began to worry about how much time she was taking of Jill’s very limited extra time and felt that he and Megan would both miss out. Jill finally agreed to do just a little checking for Abby and when she could show Abby that the police were correct, that her father’s death was a natural death caused by a heart attack, she can then let everything go. But the little bit of digging she started with turned up some strange things, and she went on digging to find out what had happened. Soon, she and her entire family were in danger, and Sam, who wanted her to stop the digging, was alienated. This is a thriller which proceeds at breakneck speed until its conclusion. The narrator was almost too good, doing the crying, particularly of Abby, to a point where I wanted to kill Abby, but it turned out to be good acting for what was going on. This is a stand-alone and very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charlene Cyr Maine, USA 08-24-12
    Charlene Cyr Maine, USA 08-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Undecided"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Was kind of long & dragged out.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Scottoline? Why or why not?

    Sure, I liked the middle/end of the story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Could you see Come Home being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly. Not sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Waltham, MA, United States 08-10-12
    Amy Waltham, MA, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "the narrator's voice was very annoying..."

    I usually enjoy Lisa Scottoline's book's but the narrator's performance took away from my enjoying this book. The whining was especially annoying. I would definetly think twice before purchasing another book read by Maggi-Meg Reed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dena Kent Portsmouth, NH 07-04-12
    Dena Kent Portsmouth, NH 07-04-12 Member Since 2007

    Dedicated Reader

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    "Liked the story - the reader not so much"
    What would have made Come Home better?

    I wish I had read this book rather than listened to it. Lisa Scottoline's books are wonderful, but if you are listening to this one, the reader was disappointing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the mystery surrounding this story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way. The narrator whined throughout the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My reaction was disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to pay better attention to the reviews before I purchase another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    06-26-12
    06-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Really Great Listening"
    Would you listen to Come Home again? Why?

    At some point I would listen to this book again. The story was great and the reader brought the story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite character was Jill. You felt her feelings.


    What does Maggi-Meg Reed bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Maggi-Meg really gives tone to the book. You heard the different characters as in a play not just reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 05-29-12
    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2004

    Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.

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    "Bad narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    As anyone who listens frequently, you know a narrator can make or break an audiobook. This narrator broke it. The story is interesting to the point I think it makes you want to know what happens. I feel like there was over-development of characters such as the main character's daughter Megan, but not enough development of her step-daughter who enters the book with the shocking news and then disappears for the rest of the book until the end. There were a lot of stories going on within the story at times and it made the book feel disjointed at times. Not one of my favs by her, but not the worst either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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