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3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  13,084 Ratings  ·  1,589 Reviews
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-stepda
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 17, 2014 Deana rated it did not like it
This book was horrible. If I could give no stars, I would. I had to laugh at another reviewer say that they wanted to throw the book. I wanted to throw it and burn it. If I saw that the main character "say" the word, "honey" or "sweetie" one more time, I really was going to throw the book.

The other dialogue was bad, too. No one talks like the way the characters did. I almost threw up at some of the phrases the author used, like when talking about the one annoying, clueless stepdaughter "practic
Apr 14, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok
I was a Lisa Scottoline fan for many years, reading the next book in the Benny Rosato series as soon as it came out. That series, and her stand-alones, were dependably entertaining, some more compelling than others, but an author I would always pick up for a fun read. But Scottoline didn't seem to know how to end the Rosato Law Firm series, pulling her main character into ever-weirder scenarios (the evil twin, the live burial).

"Come Home" is a stand-alone, with new characters and a plot that be
Marie desJardins
Nov 30, 2013 Marie desJardins rated it did not like it
The only reason I finished this book is because I wouldn't feel right writing such a negative a review of a book I hadn't actually finished. But as I kept reading, my opinion of the book (which started out pretty bad) just got worse and worse.

Where to begin? The mystery at the core of the book isn't terrible, but it's thinly presented and full of holes. That's not the real problem, though. The real problems are the characters (who behave in ways that make no sense whatsoever) and the dialogue (w
Jul 19, 2012 Beth rated it did not like it
Blather. I am listening to this book, and I would like to find out who killed the ex-husband. But, it is torture. All of the characters are whining constantly. The daughter Megan's dialogue is more like a toddler, and she is supposed to be in middle school. 2/3 through the book and there are hardly any clues to murder. Very disappointing. I can't even believe Scottoline got this book published. Doesn't she have an editor?
Gloria Feit
Aug 13, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it liked it
Let’s state from the very first: This is a potboiler of a novel. It reads more like the script for a soap opera. It can’t make up its mind whether it’s a murder mystery, criminal investigation, or family saga. It shifts from one element to another without much consistency.

The plot involves Dr. Jill Farrow, a pediatrician with a 13-year-old daughter by her deceased first husband, divorced from her second husband with no contact with his two college-age daughters, and living with Sam Becker, about
Jun 03, 2012 Stacy rated it it was ok
Oh boy - i really had to push on to get through this one. A doctor who is about to get married again suddenly gets a visit from her ex-stepdaughter - her ex is dead (was he MURDERED???) and reeks havoc on the hose. Soon-to-be-hubby isn't happy, docs own child takes second fiddle, her work suffers as well. But she is determined to find out what happened! The author is trying to tell us that just because we get a divorce, the love for the children doesn't end. I get that - the author is also tryin ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Lynne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
if I had to torture a prisoner, I'd make them read this book.
May 31, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
I always read Lisa Scottoline's books and always love them. However, I found this one to be okay, just not good. The story involves a doctor with a teenage daughter and a fiance, as well as two older step-daughters from a previous marriage. The story begins with an older daughter arriving one night, informing them that her father (the doctor's ex) has died and that she believes he was killed. The doctor begins looking into the death and finds a number of interesting things--many of which are ver ...more
May 13, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
Jill Farrow’s stepdaughter from a previous marriage, Abby, arrives at her doorstep with the stunning news that Jill’s ex-husband has passed away. And further, Abby believes that her father was murdered.

Jill’s already complicated life suddenly becomes more complicated. Against the wishes of her new fiancé Sam, Jill begins to look into the circumstances of her ex husband’s death. She is concerned abut Abby and her sister and how they are handling the death. As she continues to investigate, she beg
Jun 29, 2013 Ruth rated it did not like it
Recommended to Ruth by: book club
This is the dumbest book I have read in a really long time. I don't mind a bit of mindless reading during the summer, but I'm pretty sure I lost a few brain cells by forcing myself to finish this book. I am definitely not a fan of this type of novel, the type that reads like the screenplay for a Lifetime made-for-TV movie and is written in 8th grade level English, if that much. The author just throws us into the story w/o developing the characters at all, but then spends quite a bit of time givi ...more
Terri Lynn
Jun 28, 2012 Terri Lynn rated it did not like it
I tried to like this book. I really did. Unfortunately despite my efforts, I didn't.

I am a mystery/suspense/thriller buff and this was so sappy, I felt embarrassed for the characters.

Jill Farrow seems to have her life together finally. Her beloved first husband had died and that not only caused her grief but caused her to have to give birth to daughter Megan alone (she found out she was pregnant a week after his death). Her next relationship with sleazy pharmaceutical rep William who all the w
Feb 07, 2014 Ashley rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Overly emotional mothers.

I’ve talked about this weakness of mine before. If I see a really awesome bargain on a hardcover book with the words, “New York Times Best Seller” on it, I’m gunna buy it. It’s a money draining habit of mine and I have books piled all over my apartment because of it. Sometimes the habit’s not so bad. I pick up some well-written books I probably would have never thought twice about before I saw the bargain price. It even helps me discover new authors to recommend their books to my book loving f

Mar 08, 2013 Brianne rated it really liked it
Here's the thing about Come Home: taken on its own, it's a good book. Nothing life-changing, slightly forgettable, but a good solid piece of fiction on similar footing with Jodi Picoult, with reasonably three-dimensional characters, a decent plot, good writing, and great momentum, plus a little more depth than the cheesy cover would imply. Should that be the end of it? I don't know.

Here's the problem with Come Home: it reads like it and Save Me, also by Scottoline, were entries for a writing con
Kristine (fezabel)
May 09, 2012 Kristine (fezabel) rated it it was ok
Normally I love Lisa Scottoline books. This one is the 1st one that made me wish I hadn't spent time reading it. The characters seemed very whiny & clueless about what was going on in their lives. They also had some major personality changes during the course of the book which really annoyed me & took away from what plot was actually there. Everything seems forced & rushed except for the dramas between characters.
I enjoy reading Lisa Scottoline's books because she writes strong, ind
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Jill has her life all sorted. She has a rewarding career as a paediatrician, a lovely over-achieving thirteen year old daughter, and a handsome and caring fiancé.

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 to placate Abby, whom she is sure is merely o
Sep 08, 2012 Janet rated it did not like it
I have heard about Lisa for years and thought I would give her a try.

Was not impressed with this book and then saw that it was her 18th so maybe it was just me.

I just have issues with this book - I understand she was trying to solve a mystery but the lack of parenting just rubbed me the wrong way and then the twist of Mega and the boy, the one patient we heard about out of all of her patients, just so many little things that didn't sit well with me.

I think I will stick with Danielle Steele, N
Paula  Phillips
Jun 10, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fan of Lisa Scottoline's books ever since I picked up her book "Daddy's Girl" and from then on I read my way through her legal thrillers. Her latest two novels though have been different , though they still have a heavy legal focus. The way they have been written have reminded me of Jane Green with the strong emotional bonds and in a way Come Home reminded me of A Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green and of Jodi Picoult's with the touching and writing of strong issues that surro ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Kerry added it
I can't even bring myself to give this book one star. I've read all of her books related to the law firm and love them. She has since detoured from this series and seems to be writing about her life as a mother and relationships with children. I'm not a mother of anything destined to walk on 2 legs but I was a child once with a mother so I think I'm capable of relating, if just a little bit. And I've been a stepchild - a few times.

This story line is a bad fantasy that consistently brought to mi
Jun 07, 2014 Dana rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Lisa Scottoline that I have read and I was pleasantly surprised.

COME HOME is a thriller with twists, unexpected turns and hints of conspiracies, and it succeeds as that. But COME HOME is about more than that. It examines the concept of family and family responsibilities. Jill leads a hectic life. She is a pediatrician for a medical firm and the case of one of her infant patients occupies her time. She has a thirteen-year-old daughter Megan from her first marriage who i
May 16, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Another great book. Full of suspense, (not very realistic, but who cares), keeps your interest.

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
Lisa Scottoline provides a view of the depth of a mother and step-mother's love and the extent to which that mother would do in order to protect her family.

Jill's former step-daughter, Abby, appears at her home and informs her that her father, Jill's former husband has been murdered.

As a pedictrician, Abby thinks Jill could use her knowledge to check into the case. The cause of the death was drugs mixed with alcohol leading to a heart attack.

Jill is moved by Abby's sorrow and with Megan, a thirt
Apr 08, 2012 Barb rated it liked it
Won this on First Reads Giveaway. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I love the authors writing and it is a well writtten book with a good story line. I wouldn't say though that I love the book, but I will be reading alot more of this author. I like her style. So, I'd rate this 3.5 stars.

Jill got divorced from her ex because she found out he was lying to her which embarrassed her in her profession, along with money issues. The ex tells his two daughters Jill was cheating on him. She
May 25, 2012 Stacy rated it did not like it
I picked this up from a recommendation on I'm not sure what I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised it turned into a murder mystery. It lost my attention about 1/2 way through, but I kept pressing on. By 2/3rds into it, I didn't really care how it ended....but was hoping it would get a bit more exciting. I have enjoyed books read by Maggi-Meg Reed previously. But the teenage voices in this one I found to be quite annoying. The book has 77 chapters - I gave up today at Chapter 75, ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Jennefer rated it it was ok
First off let me say I have read and enjoyed other books by this author,
but this book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I had a really hard
time getting in to the book first of all and then I found I just wasn't
interested in the plot. However, the premise of the plot was an
interesting one just not my cup of tea I guess.
Come Home covers two basic topics. It's a murder mystery at the heart of
the story but it is also about motherhood – specifically asking, when
does the obligation and responsibil
Jun 22, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
I've read the first few chapters of this book. So far there has been lots and lots and lots of hugging and crying.

Scottoline writes great suspense. I've read all her previous books.

In this book, there is some suspense, but not enough for me. It's about a mom with one daughter, one nasty ex-husband, one nice dead husband, two ex-step-daughters, one fiance and a dog.

The mom is a pediatrician and a nurturer.

I'm missing the snappy dialogue with Scottoline's more ethnic characters. This WASP family
Sep 13, 2012 Maggie61 rated it really liked it
I would give this one a 4 1/2. I have to admit I am loving the new direction that Lisa Scottoline has taken her novels to. I have read a lot of her books and while I loved the books before, the last couple have woven the mystery with more of an emotional touch.
Jills exhusband passed away and his daughter Abby is convinced its murder. Jill was a mother to Abby and her sister Victoria but with Williams manipulation, she and her daughter Megan became estranged from Abby and Victoria. When Abby rea
Aug 06, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! This was such a wonderful book I read it in one night. I was up until 5 am this morning finishing it. There was no way I could not finish. It was a suspense that really kept me going. The main character, Jill is a doctor who has been married two times. The first husband was wonderful and left her a little girl Megan. She then married another man William who had two daugthers. Jill loved those daugthers and took care of them as her own. William on the other hand let Jill raise the ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Radhika rated it really liked it
A good thriller with a dash of family relationships. The author really knows how to spin a story with family at its core.

Jill Farrow a paediatrician ,mom,stepmom, widow, divorcee, fiancee. She does justice to all these roles and believe in keeping up relationships

Her life starts to change when her stepdaughter Abby appears on her doorsteps and begs to help her unravel the mystery of her father death who is also Jill ex-husband

She is trying to balance to keep up her present relationship with her
Mar 14, 2015 Terric853 rated it did not like it
I usually love books by this author. In fact, I loved the last one so much that I e-mailed her a gushing thank you and she wrote a gracious note back. This one, not so much. Jill Fawler is living a good life. She's engaged to a great guy, works as a doctor and has a well-adjusted 13-year-old daughter. Late one night, her 19-year-old ex-stepdaughter barges into her life, claiming that her father, Jill's ex-husband, has been murdered. Jill becomes involved in her ex-stepdaughters' lives once again ...more
Jul 12, 2012 Kristin rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed in this book. I forced myself to finish it because I kept hoping it would get better. I've liked other Lisa Scottoline books and thought this one would be just as good. I guess that shows me not to judge a book by its author.

The characters seemed really 2 dimensional. And the plot was way too convenient. car accident. kidnapped by fake fbi agents. knocked unconscious with a punch in the eye that breaks the eye bone and strangled near to death. Of course, I don't need t
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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 23 novels, including her latest, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES, which releases in April 2015. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Chick Wit" which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman's perspective.
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