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Don't Go | [Lisa Scottoline]

Don't Go

When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will bring his wife, Chloe, and their newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but a healer. However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparently freak household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Come Home comes a riveting thriller about one man's search for his wife's killer.

When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will bring his wife, Chloe, and their newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but a healer.

However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparently freak household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. He’s a stranger to his baby girl, and his medical practice has downsized in his absence. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.

Grief-stricken, Mike makes decisions upon returning to Afghanistan which will change his life forever. It’s not until he comes home for good that he grasps the gravity of his actions, and realizes he must fight the most important battle of his life, to reclaim his life and his daughter. Along the way, he discovers that everything is not as it seems, and he learns ugly truths about those he loves the most, as well as the true meaning of heroism.

©2013 Smart Blonde, LLC (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    laall 04-13-13
    laall 04-13-13
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    "Annoying"

    I found almost every character to be annoying in one way or another. The narration was fine except when he did the two sisters...that female with an accent portrayal was awful. Actually, I'm only halfway through the book. I want to know who left her there to die, but I'm not sure I can get through the rest of it. Mike is a wimp, allowing his sister-in-law and brother-in-law to bully him. They are annoying characters. His partner was annoying. I have tried several of Scottoline's books. This will probably be my last. They all sound like a good story line, but then somehow, it just always gets annoying in the portrayal of the characters.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 04-09-13
    Kathi 04-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Think I expected something different"

    I have never read a book by Lisa Scottoline before. This one sounded as though it would be a good, even poignant-sounding story. Began listening eagerly, then noticed that while the premise of a soldier coming home to his wife's funeral after her unexpected death, even with some elements of mystery involved, sounded enticingly good, it, well...wasn't. At least not my cup of tea.

    I've surely listened to worse, but it felt flat somehow. The narration bothered me, but Jeremy Davidson could not create a better reading than the book itself allowed. This is undoubtedly as much a matter of my listening taste as anything else. I rather imagine others will like it better, but I found it to be a disappointment. I found it hard to listen to. Kept waiting for it to improve, but it didn't. It should have been good. All the elements were there; somehow it simply did not click for me. Writing too simplistic, too dry, even though the plot line had a lot of promise. Just my opinion though.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Michael St. Paul, MN, United States 04-13-13
    Michael St. Paul, MN, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not at all like Lisa Scottoline"
    What would have made Don't Go better?

    This story is insipid. It seems as tho she came up with the premise years ago & altered the story to fit present day war. There's no reason to like or care about any of the charactors.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Scottoline again?

    I have listened to all her previous novels. This book is NOT representative of her work.


    What three words best describe Jeremy Davidson’s performance?

    Fine, unexciting, unmemorable


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The books opens with a bang & the rest is all fizzle.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    OccDoc Nashville TN 06-06-13
    OccDoc Nashville TN 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dissapointed in this Scottoline title"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have listened to and read several Scottoline books but this one was not typical. I found the story not up to her usual standard. The story kind of left me feeling like it was wrapped up for closure but didn't really make sense. I didn't care for the narrator. It was hard to hear a man doing a woman's voice with a French accent.


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Scottoline’s story?

    The pieces didn't seem to fit at the end.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes definitely! It was hard to listen to a man playing a French woman's part.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela edina, MN, United States 05-14-13
    Pamela edina, MN, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Really?"

    I'm not sure Lisa Scottoline really wrote this book??? It read like a Danielle Steel novel - SLOW and Boring!! I didn't even finish listening since it was predictable - and monotonous - that I found myself drifting and thinking of "when is this going to be over?"
    What happened to the suspense novelist that I love????

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Statton West Chester, PA, US 05-05-13
    Kathy Statton West Chester, PA, US 05-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Scottoline - Best Ever"
    What did you love best about Don't Go?

    Don't Go was not the story I expected. Scottoline kept me on the edge of my seat through most of the story. Usually it takes me several days to a wk to listen to a mystery; but this novel I could not put down.
    A father's love for his wife and his daughter, then disappointment - I felt like crying many times during the story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot seemed to change many times, you don't know what Isaac will have to endure next.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    don't remember readers


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Family Love


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Albuquerque, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-15-13
    Bruce Albuquerque, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "VERY DISAPPOINTING!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Reader drove me crazy and this was so predictable!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very Whiney


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe this is the same author that I normally love

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-04-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "THIS AUTHOR KNOWS HOW TO RUIN A REAL GOOD STORY"
    What did you like best about Don't Go? What did you like least?

    I LIKED THE PLOT VERY MUCH. I DID NOT LIKE THE WAY THINGS GOT WRAPPED UP IN THE END. IT RUINED THE WHOLE BOOK.


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Scottoline’s story?

    THE ENDING. IT WAS JUST TOO MUCH. THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK I READ BY THIS AUTHOR THAT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE THRU THE BOOK WHERE THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS MESSED THE WHOLE THING UP.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    THERE WERE MANY ENJOYABLE SCENES. I CANT PICK A FAVOITE.


    Was Don't Go worth the listening time?

    YES IT WAS EVEN THO I GAVE IT A POOR RATING. BECAUSE THRUOUT MOST OF THE BOOK IT WAS EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS AUTHOR HAS SUCH POTENTIAL IN HER BOOKS. BUT I DOUBT I WILL BUY ANOTHER ONE BECAUSE THE PLOT WAS FINE UNTIL THEY COMPLICATED IT. ANOTHER BOOK WITH A MURDER IN IT THAT ADDED NOTHING TO THE STORY.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 10-30-13
    Rebecca 10-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Don't Go?

    The bizarre, intense behavior of the female lead. It's amazing what she was purported to do without anyone being the wiser. It was equally amazing that the husband could go back to her, ever for obvious reasons. No baby could thrive with those two as parents.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lisa Scottoline before, how does this one compare?

    This book held my attention, though I was surprised that the protagonists tricked each other so often and then were so willing to continue their relationship. The whole thing is even more farfetched than other of the author's books


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    I continually felt sorry for the husband. He seemed like a normal, likable guy who was victimized by a sociopath.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending, though probably inevitable, surprised me. I hope I never in my life encounter eight of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald B. Holzman 08-05-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Not up to her earlier books"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Scottoline and/or Jeremy Davidson?

    I would be hesitant. I liked Scottoline's early books that stuck to what she knows, i.e., attorneys


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Scottoline again?

    Possibly


    What didn’t you like about Jeremy Davidson’s performance?

    I found many of the voices annoying. The French accent was okay, but the men sounded all the same.


    What character would you cut from Don't Go?

    The story itself is too unbelievable and twisted. The author knows little to nothing about podiatrists and what they can and cannot do. Is this a story about returning vets, or drug addiction or loss of family or family jealousy?


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Scottoline, do not buy this book. It is not the real author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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