Come Home by Lisa Scottoline

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18 Critic Reviews

As usual with Scottoline, though, the complications are a lot more satisfying than the windup, in which reason and plausibility take a back seat to tearful family affirmations.
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Synopsis

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? 


 

About Lisa Scottoline

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Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author, with more than twenty million books in print. She won the highest prize in suspense, the Edgar Award, and the Fun Fearless Fiction Award from Cosmopolitan magazine. She was a director of the Mystery Writers of America and appears frequently on TV, including truTV's Murder By The Book. Her books are published in more than twenty-three languages, and she remains a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 382 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Come Home
All: 18 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 01 2012

As usual with Scottoline, though, the complications are a lot more satisfying than the windup, in which reason and plausibility take a back seat to tearful family affirmations.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Apr 11 2012

As always, Scottoline serves up her sharp social commentary with breathless suspense (computer hacking! car chases!) and liberal lashings of feminist-inflected humor.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Apr 13 2012

...a puzzling and suspenseful plot that keeps the characters moving and the pages turning.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
Reviewed by Diane Morasco on Apr 10 2012

Come Home is a brilliant standalone brimming with intrigue, mystery, and enough peril to qualify for a stress test.

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BrodartVibe's Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Ginny on Mar 16 2012

While this book is a bit of a departure from Scottoline’s usual suspense-filled works, it is well done and will keep the reader entrenched.

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Criminal Element

Below average
Reviewed by Susan Amper on Apr 10 2012

I have read nearly all of Scottoline’s novels, and while Come Home lacks the depth and intrigue of her legal thrillers, the mother angle works.

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Book Journey

Below average
Reviewed by Sheila on Jun 14 2012

In the end, I truly did not feel like I connected with any part of the book.

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Dark Readers

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Apr 30 2012

I really enjoyed this book and I think if anyone is looking for a good fiction book with truth- these are it!

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The Mystery Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Sharon on Apr 15 2012

While Come Home is a bit more sentimental than those legal mystery thrillers, it is a heart-warming tale that combines fast-paced mystery with great writing.

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Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife

Below average
Reviewed by Storm on Apr 13 2012

There is plenty of excitement throughout the story, although it does drone on sometimes.

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The IE Mommy

Good
Reviewed by Lindsey on Apr 10 2012

This was such an upbeat thriller with an ending no one could guess!

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Miss Susie's Reading & Observations

Below average
Reviewed by Susie on May 01 2012

I am a fan of Lisa Scottoline but this book was not one of her best...there are very few likable characters in this book.

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Dan's Journal

Good
Reviewed by Dan on Apr 16 2012

... a little saccharine for my taste towards the end, but the surprise climax made up for it.

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Two Classy Chics

Good
Reviewed by Chris on Apr 01 2012

Come Home has the breakneck pacing of a thriller while also exploring the definition of motherhood.

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Embrace Your Mag

Good
Reviewed by Kai on Mar 25 2012

While trying to establish a sense of balance within each relationship, a mystery is waiting to be solved and the journey is just as great getting there.

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Growing My Kids Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Carrie on May 21 2012

...an excellent book with a pace that never stops and lots of twists and turns in the mystery.

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Julie's Jottings on Books & Movies

Below average
Reviewed by Julie on May 07 2012

I had problems with the character of Sam... it's not my favorite Lisa Scottoline.

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Miss Susie's Reading & Observation

Below average
Reviewed by Susie on May 01 2012

Wow the ending got really chicklit sappy, everything all wrapped up in a bow and Sam’s turnaround was so fast I thought I had missed something, I even went back and re-listened to a couple chapters but I didn’t miss anything it all happened with a blink of an eye.

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