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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline breaks new ground and delivers the story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero.

When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he's acutely aware of the dangers he'll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep ins
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 1st 2013)
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Erica Mowatt What jumped out at me was the point of view. Even if this is not a true story the feelings Mike experienced were. I also did not like Danielle and…moreWhat jumped out at me was the point of view. Even if this is not a true story the feelings Mike experienced were. I also did not like Danielle and Bob. Joyce I didn't find it strange, when a military parent returns, especially after an extended deployment you do not know how the child will react. Emily acted as many military children do. Mike was also going through a lot. That combination can be messy.(less)
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Andrea
Apr 16, 2013 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When an author has as many books out as Lisa Scottoline, it's easy to assume she probably has a handle on things like character development, dialogue, and coherent, realistic plot lines. I didn't find that to be true in this case whatsoever. A handful of sloppy editing mistakes didn't help (if they scream off the page at ME, who are they paying for this?!), either. This book tries to do too much. All at once, it attempts to show life in the military, solve two deaths/murders/killings, cover mili ...more
Amanda
I won a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Oh man, where do I start? Okay, first of all, I love the cover. And second, I really like Lisa Scottoline. Third, I REALLY wanted to like this book. I was so excited to win an ARC of this and be one of the first to read it.

I am usually very forgiving with books. Things that people dwell on and make a big deal out of I am usually willing to look past and enjoy the book anyway. I can't say the same for this one. I wanted to rate
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Sarah Smith
May 01, 2013 Sarah Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DON'T GO is the first novel that I have ever read by Lisa Scottoline. I had never even heard her name before. When I read a brief synopsis of the plot of DON'T GO, I was drawn to her main character, Mike Scanlon, because he was an army doctor. I sincerely thought that I would enjoy it since military servicemen and doctors both hold special places in my heart. The men and women who serve in both professions are all heroes and heroines, as far as I am concerned; thus, I convinced myself that Dr. M ...more
Erin
Sep 21, 2013 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Oh, this book was bad. I know I shouldn't even rate it because I could not finish it - I skimmed through even though I didn't really care enough to find out what happened in the end. The characters were not developed and so unbelievable - his wife dies, he hasn't seen his baby in months and months due to being deployed, he comes home and is about to go up the stairs to see his baby but his sister in law says, no she's sleeping come sit down and eat and he obliges? And it kind of goes on like tha ...more
Dorie Schultz
Oh darn, this was a disappointing audiobook. I have recently been listening to some of Ms Scottoline’s books, most notably Every Fifteen Seconds which I really liked. That book was well written and a real psychological thriller. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

Don’t Go is, I guess, a mystery. It’s the story of Mike Scanlon who is a podiatrist currently serving a tour in Afghanistan. The story starts out with his wife dying suddenly and horribly. He is called home to see to her funeral and findi
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Christine
May 29, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a thriller! I had no idea what to expect but this book got off to a chilling start and the suspense continued to build from there in Don't Go, Lisa Scottoline's latest. I listened to the audio version so I couldn't go any faster than the reader but this quick paced story kept me enthralled the entire way through.

Audio books usually take me a little while to get into because I have to get used to the different voices by the same reader. This one pulled me in a lot quicker than usual whe
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Cindi
May 23, 2013 Cindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Message to Lisa Scottoline who I will say, for the record at the get-go, is one of my favorite authors: Lisa. Please. Go back to your Rosato & Associates mystery series. The stand-alone general fictions are not cut from your usual fine fabric. Look Again was quite good but as much as I wanted to like this one too I just could not. It was sloppily written (so unlike Scottoline!), and filled with far too much inane conversation, implausible action, and irrelevant details. (Really, do we need t ...more
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Buggy
This was pretty good, but I wanted to like it a whole lot more than I actually did. The story premise had me excited and the cover is great but the execution was just all over the place, with too many story ideas all thrown together so that ultimately none of them really work. I’ve also yet to figure out what this book was trying to be; a murder mystery, a child custody story, a military memoir, a PTSD recovery, a legal thriller? It’s all of these things.

And while I’m new to author Lisa Scottoli
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Jeannie
May 26, 2013 Jeannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Ordered it for two reasons-1) have read other Scottoline books- so I knew it would be good, 2) author offered via Facebook to send a paperback of my choice if I preordered Don't Go, so that's a win-win 'in my book'.
Super fast read, and since I do most of my 'for fun' reading in bed- I especially appreciated the short chapters. That being said, it didn't make that much difference because just as you end one chapter, you are impelled to continue!
The action is good, most of the cha
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Mary Alice Sexton
Apr 29, 2013 Mary Alice Sexton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do not read this book. I picked it up because when I walked in B&N it was on the New Arrivals Hard Cover book store and the review looked good. However, I did read online reviews of the book and they were all poor so it's my own fault, but, still B&N, take it out of the spot light. The plot could have been written by my 12 year old, that is how predictable it is. There is a twist just like in all murder mysteries, but, it's down right awful. The support for the new characters and informa ...more
Dianne
Apr 14, 2013 Dianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-arcs
Don't Go

Don't Go
by Lisa Scottoline


2.0 out of 5 stars Not Shocking, Surprising or Thrilling, April 14, 2013


It is going to be quite difficult to describe why I did not see this novel in the same light so many others have. However, I will try. I have to wonder just why the editor/publisher chose not to add a synopsis of the book here but used the first chapter, which has nothing to do with giving an over-all look at the book.

Ms. Scottoline wrote this as if it was two almost separate books in one.
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Gloria Feit
This novel is far from the usual which issues from this author: It is not a mystery. In fact it is closer to a soap opera which, if it were a pilot, would not see its option picked up by the network. It is the story of Dr. Mike Scanlon, successful podiatrist, surgeon, husband and a new father who gets called up from the reserves to serve in Afghanistan and the effects on him and the toll it takes on his life and his family.

When his tour just about comes to an end, two surgeons are killed in an a
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Connie
Jun 18, 2013 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I currently do not read mystery/suspense books because when I read some in the past, I found the violence to be absolutely horrible. I normally read for pleasure; if I want to deal with mind-numbing horror, I will read or listen to the news.

However, I was attracted to this book when I visited my local library. I knew that the reviews had been favorable and decided to "give it a try." While there were multiple deaths in this story, they were dealt with in what I felt was a "matter-of-fact" manner
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Joanne Guidoccio
May 29, 2013 Joanne Guidoccio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been a while since I read Lisa Scottoline’s books. I expected a legal thriller with a gutsy female protagonist. Instead, Scottoline introduces Mike Scanlon, a podiatrist in crisis.

While serving on a surgical team in Afghanistan, Mike receives a devastating message from home. His wife Chloe has died in her kitchen, a victim of a household accident. Upon his return, Mike discovers that his wife had a problem with alcohol, drinking vodka even while driving her car. Probing further, he learns
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Terri
Mar 11, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED THIS BOOK! Read in one sitting, couldn't put it down. While Mike is serving as a dr in Afghanistan, his wife dies in an apparant household accident, leaving his baby daughter motherless. He only has 10 days back home to take care of business and places his daughter in his brother and sister-in-law's custody. After he's back overseas, he begins to find out that things may not be what they seem. Upon his return, he launches himself into uncovering secrets while dealing with his emotional and ...more
Rexine
Apr 19, 2013 Rexine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Premise was exciting, execution was mediocre. It was my first Scottaline book and I would give another one of re books a try if one caught my fancy, but I won't go out of my way to do so.

I was hoping to read a story about the struggles our war vets go through when they return home, alas it was the story of a man who goes into a jealous rage after learning his lonely and vulnerable late wife had an affair. I thought the book would be about his efforts to re establish a relationship with his daug
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Diane
Mar 25, 2013 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I've read Lisa Scottoline books before and this one didn't seem like it was her writing. I almost felt like I was reading Nicholas Sparks.

It's a quick, easy read. The story line was promising. The husband is doctor who has taken leave from his practice to serve in Afghanistan, and his wife dies at home, in a freak accident. He's goes home, discovers that his wife had a major drinking problem he knew nothing about, which may have played a part in her death, and he has questions about how she died
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Marla
Apr 28, 2016 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I REALLY enjoyed this book. Lisa is one of my favorite writers and she does a great job with this book. I was a little frustrated with Bob and Danielle and also with Mike not fighting hard enough for Emily. It wrapped up really nicely and I liked the decision that was made for Emily. I listened to the book and the narrator did a great job.
Connie
I had not read a Scottoline book in quite some time and was pleased to see a man as the lead character. I think she did a good job relating how service men and women learn to cope with all the horrors of war....and Dr. Scanlon had plenty of horrors to deal with. I enjoyed the relationship he developed with the other men her served with, particularly "Chatty". She also delved into the difficulties of returning home to the life before the war.
This is where I found things not quite as smooth. I t
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Sharyn
Apr 18, 2013 Sharyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read many Lisa Scottoline books, this just wasn't up to her usual standards. I was somewhere and forgot my book, but this was in my car for someone else, so I started it and really wasn't liking it. But I really wanted to know what happened, so I went home and quickly finished it, sort of skimming. I din't like the beginning, a woman dying and knowing she had an infant. A husband who was a Dr in the army in Afganistan, who came home and did not cope well. Then he leaves the baby and goes ...more
Cheryl
Jul 19, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt the raw emotions that Mike was expericing with the loss of his wife and trying to bond with his daughter. It was so sad. Yet I was fully invested in Mike and his mission to find the truth no matter the cost. So everything that he did or said I understood and it made sense for the story. For me it was the characters, the story, and the emotions that made this book as good as it was. Although, I have to say that I was not that surprised when the truth came out. So there was no real suspense ...more
Gretchen
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Jane Says
I started this book with high hopes, as the premise of the story sounded very interesting.

The hook of this story was done early, and now I know why; it needed a reason to make the reader keep reading despite all the terrible plot devices that followed.

Through out the story, the actions of the characters felt forced; it was very evident that their decisions weren't natural reactions to the events that befell them. It seems that character development and the integrity to remain true to a charact
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Joni Daniels
May 11, 2013 Joni Daniels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter grabs you: A woman is bleeding out and dying on her kitchen floor. She struggles to get to the phone or the front door, crawling. Someone enters the home, sees her, and leaves.
The rest of the story is told from the point of view of her husband, a surgical podiatrist finishing his tour of duty as an Army doctor in Afghanistan. The victim's Chloe's sister and her husband take the baby in, appear to be supportive - but are they really? He decides to stay another year in Afghanist
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Susan
May 26, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't Go was given to me by Lisa Scottoline's publicist.

Don't Go, is not my usually genre, still I am glad I picked up this book.
It was a quick easy read on the beach.

This is the story of a Podiatrist surgeon, Mike Scalon returning from Afghanistan to United States after his wife is found dead. Mike doesn't believe Cloe died from superficial wounds.

There are some thing that don't add up. He must leave his infant daughter and go back to the front to finish his tour of duty. He's sister and law
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Lindsey Silvestrini
Wow! What a thriller! I had no idea what to expect but this book got off to a chilling start and the suspense continued to build from there in Don’t Go, Lisa Scottoline’s latest. I listened to the audio version so I couldn’t go any faster than the reader but this quick paced story kept me enthralled the entire way through.

Audio books usually take me a little while to get into because I have to get used to the different voices by the same reader. This one pulled me in a lot quicker than usual whe
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Lisa
Mar 12, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Family drama lovers
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book through FirstReads.

This is the first Lisa Scottoline book that I have ever read, so I didn't really know what to expect going into it. However, I have to say that as a result of reading "Don't Go" I will most likely not go out of my way to read more by her.

There is pretty much nothing that sets this book apart from hundreds of others like it. There are "family secrets" that threaten to destroy lives. What will the main character be willing to do to save his family
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Debi
Feb 08, 2013 Debi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was very excited to win and receive this book through First Reads. Thank you!
It was a fast read, containing themes of family dynamics and the effects of the war in Afghanistan. Dr. Mike Scanlon is a doctor serving abroad. While he is away his wife dies in a freak accident. His young daughter is left in the care of her aunt and uncle. Upon his return to the United States everything changes. Without giving away too much of the plot, Mike is injured, his pratice is totally different, his daughter
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Madeline Dahlman
I generally enjoy Lisa Scottoline but this was not a well thought out book. Scottoline really seemed to be trying to fit too much in and it was a mess. The main character was BEYOND aggravating - seriously leaving your kid behind like 4 times??? Oxy? - the other characters weren't remotely believable....there were points where I thought I had it figured out but I didn't...generally I would give credit to good writing, this time I blame it on just a cluster of too much crap...the "bad" guy and ba ...more
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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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