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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?
Lori Boness Caswell
This book really shines a light on the relationship of mothers and daughters, whether they be your own biological child or step-children you come to love when you create a new family. I absolutely loved they way Jill really had no distinction even though after the divorce her ex kept his daughters away from her. When one of them came to her for help she was right there for HER. It also depicts how a new man would feel about these children reentering her life while he was trying to create a new life with Jill. These were not little girls, they are young women and at times I thought he was a real butt-head about the situation.

The mystery of the ex-husband’s death had some very suspenseful moments and a big twist. I don’t think any of these things could actually happen anywhere but in a book but they kept the pages turning. I did have a slight problem with the dialogue, it just didn’t sound or flow right at times.

I think Lisa Scottoline had a interesting concept with a mom turning into a real Supermom, but it wasn’t completely executed in the final story. With that said I am a mom of divorced son with a daughter and I hope the woman he brings into their life loves his daughter as much as Jill loved her stepdaughters.

I won this book as a FirstRead.

In Come Home, Jill is shocked when her ex-stepdaughter Abby shows up at her house one night, drunk and claiming that her dad was murdered. Jill's natural reaction is to jump in and help Abby and her sister, Victoria, stepping back into her role as their stepmom. However, Jill's fiance, Sam, is less than thrilled about the girls showing back up in Jill's life. Jill decides to help Abby out and look into whether her dad's death was a murder and focuses on it so much that she doesn't give the attention she needs to her daughter, her fiance, and her work.

The story itself was very exciting; I didn't want to put the book down so that I could find out whether Jill's ex-husband had been murdered and if so, why. However, I did not find any of the women in the book very likeable. Jill seemed to think that rules didn't apply to her. I did like Sam, though; his character seemed the most realistic.

In the end, things worked out as happily as possible, and I was satisfied with the ending.

Shari Larsen
Jill Farrow is a pediatrician who has finally gotten her life back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, and her 13 year old daughter Megan is happily juggling schoolwork and the swim team.

But Jill's life is turned upside down one night when her ex-stepdaughter Abby shows up late one night on her doorstep with shocking news; Jill's ex-husband is dead, and Abby thinks it was murder, and pleads with Jill to help her find the killer. Jill reluctantly agrees. After making a few inquiries and discoveries of things that don't add up, Jill digs deeper, and her actions threaten to tear her new family apart, and even endanger her life. Yet Jill can't turn her back on the former stepdaughter she once called her own. Is she sacrificing her future for a child from her past?

I don't normally read thrillers, but I received a free copy of this book from TheReadingRoom.com. I really enjoyed this story; not just the suspense and the mystery, but also the family relationships; family isn't just blood relatives, but those you love and have a bond with. I really cared about the characters in this story, which is why I enjoyed it so much even though it's a genre I don't usually read.

As an animal lover, I loved that the main characters had pets; Jill had a retriever named Beef, and Abby a cat named Pickles. Even if the story could have been told without them, I like when pets are included in a story; to me, it adds a touch of realism and it also shows a lot of heart when the characters interact with them.

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