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
Only because there are so many reviews that say I shouldn't judge the author on this book
Children's voices were irritataing
Nothing particular....just cut down the length of expalnations...book moved too slowly
Horrid whining, crying and screeching narration for the first chapter. I don't know where the narrator got the idea that they had to do what they did to convey emotion- there are great narrators who emote without all that. The story was ok- just ok- I certainly wouldn't listen to it again. If you are interested I this kind of story I suggest you buy the book.
Maggi-Meg Reed's reading was fine, but the plot of this book was awful.
The plot was unbelievable and the characters broad pastiche.
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.
Was kind of long & dragged out.
Sure, I liked the middle/end of the story.
Possibly. Not sure.
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.
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.
I like the mystery surrounding this story.
In every way. The narrator whined throughout the book.
My reaction was disappointment.
I'm going to pay better attention to the reviews before I purchase another book.
At some point I would listen to this book again. The story was great and the reader brought the story to life.
Favorite character was Jill. You felt her feelings.
Maggi-Meg really gives tone to the book. You heard the different characters as in a play not just reading.
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.
I don't know what has come over Lisa Scottoline in her last two books. Her characters have become so one-sided, more like caricatures than real people. You have the heroine, then you have all the people in her life who suddenly turn on her and have no understanding of her point of view, but then at the end they all do an about face and everything is hunky dory again. And where is her sense of humor? It's one of the things I most enjoyed in her books and totally lacking here. Very disappointing...
I also found the reader's rendition of the children in the story paritcularly irritating.
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