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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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  • Amy
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 08-10-12

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.

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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.<br/>

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.

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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.

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Bad narrator

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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.

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What has happened to Scottoline's sense of humor?

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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Family Relatons

Would you consider the audio edition of Come Home to be better than the print version?

Yes. Makes characters come alive.

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

Yes. Waiting for next shoe to drop.

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

Yes. Can sound like a teenager

If you could take any character from Come Home out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Sam. To see how he really felt about getting four new women in his life

Any additional comments?

Good with lots of twists and turns. Good o a hot summernight

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Good storyline

I would recommend this book if you want to read it yourself.
The narrator has different voices and some of them sound strange.
I think it is overdone and it makes it hard to listen to. The phone rings-Brrrrring! Really?

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OMG Lisa Scottoline, what were you thinking??!!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

To make this a 4 or 5 point experience would have it been a Lisa Scottoline book! It was a Jodi Picoult book...and if I'm in that mood, that is what I would have picked!

Has Come Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

What genre is this? Not Ms. Scottoline's. I love Ms Scottoline's books..

What didn’t you like about Maggi-Meg Reed’s performance?

She hurt my ears! She whined, complained and was annoying...Sam should have left her! The girls were annoying also, I wanted one of them to be the killer. I really disliked this performer

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Come Home?

Why did you let her do this. No you shouldn't type cast her to the Rosati woman's Law group, but give me a break on this venture.I would never have bought this novel. It feels like a vanity piece. The best thing was the epilogue where she talked about her curly hair. While listening, I had to keep reminding myself that this was a Lisa Scottoline book and not Jodi Picoult, no disrespect to Picoult, when I'm in that mood. Walter Mosely went off track also (science fiction ), and it also did not work for him, to me. The author should be made stick to what they do best.That's why we come back! Editor, grow a pair, no matter how much $ she makes for you. Lisa, is so much better than this!

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I just expect more from Lisa Scottoline. She is smart and funny. I saw her speak once at the Edgars Awards. Be the brave, fierce woman writer that you are and bring that back to your characters and your novels (this one was a whiny co-dependent wimp, even Mary would have slapped her)..<br/><br/>.For real, imagine you are in the back seat of a car and an FBI agent asks you for your phone to make a call, like an FBI agent wouldn't have a cel phone, please give me a break! <br/><br/>There are so many holes in this story I can't even deal with that right now. and the back story about poor Raul was getting on my last nerve, of course he would be saved, did anyone doubt it, even while you were in an ER after being run down.<br/><br/> I'm sorry I never rated your former books, I am a big fan and you would have gotten an A plus. I read you in print, by audible, and by e-reader. I'm an avid reader but not an avid rater, however when I see one of my favorite authors go so off the track, I feel I need to speak out. I was so excited about this one coming out, you can only imagine how disappointed I am on the result.

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  • andrea
  • Annandale, NJ, United States
  • 05-03-12

Great Book!!

If you never read a Lisa Scottoline book, I suggest to read this one. Even though it's a suspense book, it's about family, love, and perverseness. Jill's ex-husband suspiciously dies. And his daughter Abby is the only one who thinks he was murdered. Abby turns to Jill for help. But Abby sister has become distant with her ex-step-mom, (for many reasons). Maggi Meg Reed the narrator does a great job.

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  • Samantha
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 05-03-12

Thrilling listen!

I really enjoyed this audiobook! The story sucked me in, and I liked the narrator.