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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  9,498 ratings  ·  1,280 reviews
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
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Audio CD, 11 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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Deana
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
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Nancy
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
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Gloria Feit
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
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Stacy
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
Kathy
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
Beth
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?
Marie desJardins
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
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Terri Lynn
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
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Dana
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
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Paula  Phillips
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
Nancy
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
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Ruth
Jun 29, 2013 Ruth rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Barb
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
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Ashley
Feb 07, 2014 Ashley rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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

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Brianne
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
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Kristine (fezabel)
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
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Janet
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
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Alice
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
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Jodi
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
Maggie61
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
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Kerry
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
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Jennefer
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
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Radhika
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
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Terric853
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
Kristin
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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Amy
Definitely my LEAST favorite of any of Lisa's book. It pains me to give her only ** but I just could not relate to the characters or family dynamics and felt the story to be contrived. There was a "surprise" of one of the characters toward the end that shocked me, but otherwise so-so. Perhaps I am being too hard on the book- others may pick it up and love it but in comparison to her others, definitely not her best. Come Home just didn't appeal to me and I didn't particularly care for any of the ...more
Dona
I am not sure there are words enough to express how much I disliked this book. I am usually a fan of Lisa Scottoline’s writing but this book actually made me angry. The main character, Jill, was an absolute idiot and all the supporting characters were not much better. It was so implausible and ludicrous that it boggled my mind. I still can not believe I finished it; I have a bad habit of getting far enough along in a book that I don’t want to give up and in this case, I would have been much bett ...more
Patricia Godfrey
I didn't buy it. I generally love Scottolines's book. I generally enjoy a respite from my life into her character's life. This one I had to think about seriously because , if one relates to the protagonist, there is a line of familiarity and this one is motherhood, of the mama tiger sort.

I would turn on anyone who turned on my kids. Fact.

Scottoline's heroine here, though, turns Spenser for hire when a mystery presents itself to her stepdaughters, absent from her life for three years. To the ext
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Ann
Oh my, this author makes me smile. She caught me in another of her webs of fiction writing. After reading "Save Me" non stop, I casually picked up "Come Home" to read the back cover. Not expecting to be caught in the web, I lightly read Chapter One, Two....and then I was reading the final pages. 24 Hours later, I was smiling remembering the days when I would devour a "Nancy Drew" mystery in practically one sitting. I would read long into the night and in every spare moment. Well Lisa Scottoline ...more
Lynne
if I had to torture a prisoner, I'd make them read this book.
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