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Come Home [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Scottoline
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lisa Scottoline has delivered taut thrillers with a powerful emotional wallop in her New York Times bestsellers 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 over-scheduled 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 hard-earned 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 ex-child? What are the limits to love of family? 




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“Maggi-Meg Reed wraps the listener tightly into the suspense and emotional tangle with a powerful performance…Reed propels the story with drive and energy, and a near frenzy of emotional turmoil. She astutely projects the near-hysteria of sudden loss, the cold rage of rejection, and the angst of teenage uncertainty. Listeners believe each emotion, and root for Jill to survive and come out whole on the other side.” – AudioFile Magazine

 
 

“Maggi-Meg Reed’s reading of this very emotional thriller is outstanding.” – Sound Commentary

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“Maggi-Meg Reed wraps the listener tightly into the suspense and emotional tangle with a powerful performance…Reed propels the story with drive and energy, and a near frenzy of emotional turmoil. She astutely projects the near-hysteria of sudden loss, the cold rage of rejection, and the angst of teenage uncertainty. Listeners believe each emotion, and root for Jill to survive and come out whole on the other side.” – AudioFile Magazine


Product Details

  • File Size: 569 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00603QR2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Between 2 and 3 stars rating March 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Scottoline's newest domestic drama revolves around Jill, a woman who seemingly has her life all together, three years after a bad divorce. Jill is a pediatrician, happy with her life and successful career, then her past knocks at her door in the form of her EX-step-daughter Abby. She is drunk and distraught because her father (Jill's "ex" of course) is dead. She believes her father was murdered, even if the police don't and implores Jill to help her prove it.

Jill's fiance, Sam, the man of her dreams, doesn't want her to get involved with her ex's disturbed and rude daughters, who can blame him? These are "ex's" afterall, who are shallow and self-centered. Jill has a 13 year old daughter at home who is a great kid, her grown step-daughters are of questionable character, are unkind and rude to her, and yet Jill seems to put the step-daughters needs ahead of her own daughter. I didn't much like Jill. She accepts the stepdaughters insults so graciously, she practically turns the other cheek. A little stretch, in my humble opinion. We are led to believe that a woman of Jill's intelligence would risk everything personal and professional to turn amateur sleuth in order to prove that "once a (step)mother, always a mother" and that there is no expiration date on motherhood.

Personally, I didn't like many of the characters, they just didn't draw me in emotionally. It was pretty "hollywood-ish" with chase scenes, shootings, undercover agents and bad guys. The twists and turns kept it entertaining, for those that like beach-reading, but I like more substance to my reading. I think Scottoline should stick to her crime/justice novels.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A tedious tear-jerker April 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sorry but that was really bad. Jill's quest for the truth is totally unrealistic not to say unbelievable. There is a host of cardboard characters -including some police officers who don't seem to know what to do and some skulking villains. Above all there is a surfeit of emotional outbursts from mommy love to puppy love. Yet there is a fairly creditable underlying story, and a few people such as Sam, Megan or Katie to give it substance. Unfortunately the central character is - totally out of character. By the time everything is explained, the reader can't care less and wonders how come Scottoline put her name to the book.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just O.K. April 2, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I have read and enjoyed other books by this author, but was disappointed with this one. The plot was good - a pediatrician's ex-husband dies and her former step-daughter thinks he was murdered. The doctor then puts her life on hold to try to solve the mystery. It also addresses the special issues that blended families often deal with.

The book was just too wordy. I had a lot of trouble getting into the beginning and kept eyeing the other books waiting to be read. Again, the plot was good (although not terribly believable), but it needed to be about 1/3 shorter. I won't be recommending this to anyone.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Come Home June 13, 2012
By SuZeeQ
Format:Audible Audio Edition
Usually enjoy Lisa Scottoline books. This one is truly awful. Boring, repetitive and with regard to the audio book... the narrator simple overdoes her 'performance.' I found myself rolling my eyes several times & wondering if it was a good idea to finish the story. We get that Jill is a Mom... really, we understand. No need to keep reminding the readers.
Pass this one by. Not worth your time or your money.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Family and Obligation March 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
"Come Home" covers two topics. It's a murder mystery but also tackles the subject of motherhood - specifically, when does the obligation and responsibility stop for a child.

In this case, Abby is Jill's grown stepdaughter. When Jill's ex-husband dies under circumstances Abby thinks are suspicious, she goes to Jill for help.

Even tho she hasn't heard from Abby for years, Jill is drawn into her story and as a result her own family (Megan - her teenage daughter and Sam, her fiancee) is disrupted. When Abby disappears after her father's funeral, Jill becomes totally obsessed at the expense of her career and family.

I had a bit of a hard time with this book because I really didn't like Jill and I knew she was supposed to be a sympathetic character. She was too impulsive and reckless and she never settled down enough to listen to any reason. I doubt that any single mother would take such risks so she never became believable.

The story did have some very interesting twists and surprises toward the end which made it well worth reading.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed May 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually love Lisa Scottoline's books and assumed that I'd love this one as well. But Jill is the most annoying main character ever! She's like a dog with a bone ... she won't let go of her slimy ex-husband and his spoiled kids. I'm determined to get through it but it is very difficult. Jill makes me so angry. Her daughter Megan is more mature than she is. Give it a rest!! Running around like a crazed woman looking for a black SUV with a headlight out. I was actually cheering for the SUV when she was chasing it down the road. I'm very disappointed that Ms Scottoline would author such a work. It is not up to the high level of work she usually does.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! June 6, 2012
By Sabrina
Format:Hardcover
I would not recommend this book to anyone. It was boring and the dialogue the first 20 pages or so were nothings but "I love you" and "I love you" back and it went on and on. I didn't really like any of the characters either. I don't think I will buy any more of Lisa Scottoline's books. The last ones have been awful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Good plot line, kept me turning the pages, some excitement and suspense. A bit too much about clothes , appearance etc. and at times the story was a little hard to believe.
Published 18 days ago by Nancy Broadbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Another great book from Lisa.
Published 22 days ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoyed this book.
Published 25 days ago by Carla Stahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed the book
Published 1 month ago by Beth A Aversa
5.0 out of 5 stars Come home book teview
Great story. Enjoyed! Hard to put down! I love the way she wove so many different characters into the story who could have been the bad guy
Published 1 month ago by Diane Aaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Must-Read!
Entire book held my interest! Particularly intriguing- who went to the house, and stepped away,..
Published 1 month ago by Avid CD Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Always love Lisa Scottoline! :)
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
1.0 out of 5 stars Of course she is not wrong in any of her conclusions about a "who done...
I am a Doctor is the sentence that the main character uses for describing her expertise in all things from being a detective to knowing all about motherhood. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joan hill
4.0 out of 5 stars another great story by Lisa Scottoline!
I have read several of her books and they are all excellent stories. I am going to read Accused next.
Published 2 months ago by Beth Barksdale
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Interesting story, well written.
Published 3 months ago by JAY DUB
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More About the Author

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels including her most recent, THINK TWICE, and also writes a weekly column, called Chick Wit, for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has won many honors and awards, notably the Edgar Award, given for excellence in crime fiction, and the Fun Fearless Female Award from Cosmopolitan Magazine. She also teaches a course she created, called Justice and Fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and regularly does speaking engagements. There are twenty-five million copies of her books in print, and she is published in over thirty other countries.Lisa graduated magna cum laude in three years from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.A. degree in English, and her concentration was Contemporary American Fiction, taught by Philip Roth and others. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She remains a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, where she lives with her array of disobedient pets.

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