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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  9,928 ratings  ·  1,365 reviews
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 insi
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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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Andrea
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
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
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
Cindi
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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Dianne
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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Jeannie Chambers
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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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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Joanne Guidoccio
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
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
Mary Alice Sexton
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
Rexine
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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Connie
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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Diane
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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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
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
Joni Daniels
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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Gayle
Although this was an okay book it was a tremendous disappoint for a Lisa Scottoline. I actually skipped the second half of part I and knew what I missed in the first 20 pages of part II. Really disappointing. Much skimming. Maybe if it wasn't one of my favorite authors I wouldn't be judging so harshly. Still, I'll eagerly await a new novel next year.

Sadly, I am experiencing the same thing with my current audiobook but am unable to skim.
Carla Griffin
Lisa Scottoline sure can write a story that keeps you reading. Just when you think you know what is going to happen next, the story takes a completely different turn! Loved the book. Loved the story line! I don't want to write any spoilers on my review, but I do want to say that if you like Lisa Scottoline's books, you will truly like this one. A must read for anyone who has someone or knows of someone that has served in our Armed Forces.
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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Elaine
How stupid can one man be!?! If you like a book that makes you feel, this is it. It reflects one man's poor choice after poor choice. I found myself yelling at this guy. Yelling at him not to sign the contract, knowing it could seal his fate. Yelling at him for all the stupid he was doing and about to do.

I didn't think I would enjoy the parts when Dr. Mike Scanlon was in Afghanistan however that was crucial to the story and while what was occurring was not enjoyable, it was jolting and poignant
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Vicky
The writing in this book was rather clumsy for the most part, and the bad things that kept happening to Mike stretched credibility. I do understand how a person who was obviously suffering from PTSD could have made some of the very bad choices that he made along the way, and I did find his character sympathetic because of that. The plot picked up the pace towards the end and the writing in the last few chapters was much better. This is the first time I have read a Lisa Scottoline book. Some othe ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Wow. The things this guy goes through! I definitely got emotionally involved with this book.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.
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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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