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DON'T GO Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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“Lisa Scottoline is one of the very best writers at work today. Don't Go proves it once again. This is a story that is heavily muscled, emotional, and relevant. They don't come any better.” ―Michael Connelly
“This stand-alone from Scottoline effectively tugs at the emotions.” ―Publisher's Weekly
“In her first book featuring a male protagonist, Scottoline spins a compelling drama that reads like the literary lovechild of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks. Readers will fall in love with this war vet father who fights seemingly insurmountable odds, and his powerfully addictive story will haunt them long after the final page.” ―Library Journal on Don't Go
“Scottoline offers readers a nuanced, multi-dimensional portrait of a young man in crisis, couched in a page-turner of a story that will appeal to her many fans.” ―Book Reporter on Don't Go
“This story grabbed me from the very first chapter…This is a story about family, loss, love, dedication, conviction, addiction, betrayal, redemption and so much more. It's a bit of a: thriller, mystery, legal drama, war story and romance. It's real and human. The characters are so complete and full. These are people that I know, that you know. People that live in our neighborhood.” ―Crochet Nirvana on Don't Go
“This is a powerful story about how soldiers are changed forever and the difficulties of returning to civilian life. There is also the mystery surrounding Mike's wife's death, which is well-written, and the courtroom battle for the custody of Emily, which is heart-wrenching. Scottoline really delivers with this book.” ―Parkersburg News & Sentinel on Don't Go
“Don't Go marks the biggest step forward yet by this great storyteller -- a novel about war, and the toll it takes on decent men.” ―CT News
“A compelling and suspenseful thriller. It will keep you guessing right up to the unexpected end…I just couldn't put it down!” ―Portland Book Review on Don't Go
“A deeply emotional book that explores complex family dynamics. The story powerfully conveys what it really means to be a hero.” ―Deseret News on Don't Go
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This has many of the earmarks of classic Scottoline. There's a legal battle and some courtroom drama. There's someone wronged going after the bad guy on their own. There's the recurring "I found a piece of evidence and I have to show this to the police right away" scene. But it doesn't have the story-telling glue that usually holds it all together.
It's really two books, and neither is in the mystery/crime genre where it is classified.
The first book is Dr. Mike's war story, with gripping detail and insights about an Afghanistan deployment - the daily threats, the feel of the countryside, the lurking dangers. It gives a compelling description of the medical team and how it works. You understand the pressures these soldiers withstand and deal with. You come to understand their fierce dedication and devotion to each other. You will come away with an even greater respect for soldiers and what they endure and surmount.
The other story is not a mystery, either. It's sort a sad love story, of Dr. Mike pining for his wife Chloe, who died in a bizarre kitchen accident.Read more ›
Dr. Mike Scanlon, a podiatrist, is called too active duty in Afghanistan leaving behind is wife Chloe and his newborn baby Emily. While Mike is in the operating room someone is waiting for him, he is told his wife has died and he can go on leave for a very limited time.
Upon Mike arrival, he finds some shocking surprises in his home and realizes that the cause of Chloe's death might not be what it looks like. As a doctor and
surgeon, Mike, medical background might help discover the cause of death.
While making plans for the funeral he is shocked to find his medical practice is in jeopardy and might not be they're when he gets back. As if he has not gotten enough shocking news the most upsetting and heartbreaking is that Emily his baby daughter has no idea who he is, and whenever he approaches her or picks her up she does nothing but cry.
After returning to Afghanistan Mike gets a copy of Chloe's autopsy and learns even more surprises. When he finally does return home he is a changed man and realizes that the physical problems he encountered in Afghanistan make him almost a stranger to those who no and love him.
He has to try and save himself, before he can help others but more upsetting things happen and cause Mike even more serious problems. If he does not change he will lose the things that matter most to him, but first he has to realize what they are.
You will cheer for Mike, a dedicated hero but then you will cry for all the terrible things that seem to happen to him and wonder if he will ever be able to pick himself up and make things right again.
Just make sure you have time to read as once you start this book you won't be able to put it down, I finished it in less then twenty four hours and hated when it ended.
As the protagonist goes through the death of his wife, war, killing of his friends in a bombing, amputation of his arm (he is a surgeon), drug dependence, complete betrayal by his only family, arrest, loss of his career and medical practice, I kept waiting for some small bit of humor, some irony, some complex character development. This was met with utter disappointment. In the end the author struggles to find a happy ending and reconciliation that is not believable or even justifiable. Human beings do not behave this way. They don't feel this way. This story is so depressing and I ended it feeling ashamed that I kept on reading it to the end.
This book seems to have been written with three different plot lines, each potentially interesting. The plots are never fully fleshed out, and then they're twisted together in a seemingly random fashion. The ending is trite and underwhelming. Another reviewer referred to this book as a soap opera. That's probably pretty accurate, except that the writing on "The Young and The Restless" is much better.
The characters are, probably, the most disappointing thing about this book. They're one dimensional and predictable. There wasn't one character that I felt strongly about, good or bad. It is an exercise in watching people make one horrendous decision after another, and knowing, before hand, that they're going to always make the wrong one. Despite the "redemptive" nature of the ending, that, too, could be seen coming from miles away.
Lisa Scottoline is a fabulous writer, who crafts great plots with characters that you either would cross the street if you saw them heading your way, or take them with you for a nice dinner and a glass if wine...people you can feel strongly about. She missed it completely with this one. I will continue to be a fan. Everyone makes mistakes...this one's hers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
different than other writing she has done,but interesting twist and deeper content explored, timely.Published 4 days ago by beverley evans
I loved this book! It was the first novel by Lisa Scottoline that I read. The first chapter alone really pulls you in. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Book Lover
I couldn't put this book down. Lisa Scottoline is a good writer. It's a real page turner. I just wanted to know what was going to happen next to the main character,Mike. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mert Burt
I really enjoyed this book. There were twist and turns within every page that I didn't see coming. Some of my book club members didn't like how "unrealistic" or "soap... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ashley
I Loved this book! It made me appreciate our service men and women even more to see all that they have to endure, while being a suspenseful read.Published 21 days ago by Virginia Crane
Really good story. Didn't end as I thought it would - great surprise. Another good book by Lisa ScottolinePublished 23 days ago by Krista J St Aubin
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read. The only thing I disliked about it was I feel like a lot of Scottoline's books are the same. Read morePublished 25 days ago by K. Hix
An excellent story! Captured my attention from page one . Interesting character development, great plot twists, and it's educational too!Published 1 month ago by DJC