“Jill stopped on the stairway, listening. She thought she heard a voice calling her from outside.… ‘What?’ Sam asked, patiently. It was almost midnight, and they’d been on their way to bed.… Their chubby golden retriever, Beef, was already upstairs, looking down at them from the landing.… ‘It’s nothing, I guess.’ Jill started back up the stairs, but Beef swung his head toward the front of the house and gave an excited bark. His tail started to wag, and Jill turned, too, listening again. Jill! Jill! ‘It’s Abby!’ Jill heard it for sure, this time.… ‘Abby who?’ Sam called after her. ‘Your ex’s kid?’ ‘Yes.’ Jill reached the front door, twisted the deadbolt, flicked on the porch light, and threw open the door.… Suddenly, a black SUV with only one headlight drove past, spotlighting a silhouette that Jill would know anywhere. It was Abby, but she was staggering down the sidewalk as if she’d been injured.… Jill tore through the rain.… Abby stumbled off of the sidewalk…took a few more faltering steps, then collapsed, crumpling to the grass. ‘Abby, Abby, what is it?’ … ‘Jill, Dad’s dead…he’s dead.… Somebody… killed him.’ Abby dissolved into tears, her body going limp, clinging to Jill.”
From COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline, copyright © 2012 by the author, and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC.
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 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 moving forward with her life after a devastating divorce. Her work as a pediatrician is hectic but fulfilling, she’s newly engaged to a kind and loving medical researcher and her daughter, Megan, is finally happy again and doing well in middle school.
But when Jill’s distraught ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep with the news of her father's death from an apparent overdose, Jill’s life is thrust back into turmoil. Abby believes her father was murdered and pleads with Jill to help her look into his death. Jill can’t turn her back on Abby, even though helping her threatens to rip apart the fabric of her new family, destroy her hard-earned stability—and leave Megan an orphan.
Asking the questions, “Can you ever have an ex-child?” and “Are there limits to the love of family?”, Come Home reads with the breakneck pace of a thriller while also exploring the definition of motherhood.
Hardcover Book : 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, LLC ( April 10, 2012 )
Item #: 13-547221
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.875inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
First time that I read one of her books. I thought it was very interesting and had many different plots. it was a book where you just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. It held my interest to the very end. Will read more of her books in the future.
First time I did not enjoy one of her books. I kept expecting it to get better, but it simply did not!
I have read nearly all of Lisa Scottoline's books and she is one of my favorite authors. This book was not one of her best. I felt there was too much meaningless dialogue and not enough action.
Reviewer: R H
This Scottoline book was enjoyable as are all her others. But, this one lacked the punch and almost constant suspense of her previous novels. Too much time was spent on the ramifications of her relationships with her stepchildren and not enough on the real meat of the story. I felt that Abby's character read like she was ten years old and she was treated as though she were ten. Too much character time was spent in personal situations. The true meaning of the twists in the story was way too long in coming and, I think, a tad melodramatic. I also think the ending was rushed.
Reviewer: Nancy R
Enjoyed this book, read it in a short amount of time. Several different plots going at the same time. Returning to the library quickly for others to enjoy as I have.