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Look Again

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  28,642 Ratings  ·  3,621 Reviews
When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist an
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 12, 2011 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Intrigued by the ethical premise but fell short in the unbelievable and predictable delivery. Title should be "Try Again". Legal and emotional thriller of an adoptive mom seeing an age progressed photo of her son on a post card and her efforts to discover if her worst fears are true.

Didn't hate it so much as didn't necessarily like it either.
Noticed some editing errors which for me is always supremely distracting especially in a less than engaging story.

***Spoiler Alert***
As for characters, I
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
As a a fan of the thriller genre I was really looking forward to reading this book. I had never read anything by Lisa Scottoline before either so I was also intrigued and excited; I like discovering new authors, and I wasn't disappointed.

Look Again pulled me into the story from the first few pages. The plot was fact-paced and each chapter ended with a tiny cliffhanger that kept me guessing. For the first half of the book I couldn't put it down, and I couldn't turn the page fast enough to find ou
Nov 08, 2009 Maicie rated it it was ok
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What a mess.

This was my first Lisa Scottoline book, and it'll probably also be my last. This book was just... all over the place. I can't think of a single thing that I can say I actually liked about it, besides the fact that it's over. This book was like being hit over the head with... well, all of the things. My brain is now mush.

So, here's what I got out of this book.

Ellen Gleeson, a REPORTER, sees a age-progressed missing child picture on one of those cards they send you in the mail, and
Jan 23, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star-books
This is the second book by Lisa Scottoline ive read and just like Lady Killer is a first class read. The story goes of Ellen Gleeson a reporter and mother to young adopted son, Will. One day she is looking through the mail and comes across a have you seen this child card and notices the boy in the picture looks identical to Will. Her instincts tell her that it is just a coincidence and the adoption is completely legal but being a journalist she looks into. What she uncovers is alot more than wha ...more
Jun 14, 2009 Donna rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-mystery
This is the third Scottoline book I've read, having absolutely fallen in love with the first book I read by her, Killer Smile. Killer Smile was wonderful for its sense of place being set in Philadelpia, where I lived for several years. Her character was strong and interesting and the plot complicated enough to be interesting.

Unfortunately, Look Again was none of those. I found the plot drawn out and a bit incredulous. Although, the book had an interesting premise -- namely that of a mother of an
Dec 21, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book had such an intriguing and promising premise, and such a terrible and disappointing execution.

Ellen, an adoptive mother, pauses when the photo in a missing child flier looks eerily like her adopted son. Wow, what a great premise. What would one do if one's child belonged to someone else? What's the right thing, what's the moral thing, what's best for that child?

Sadly, the author turns this into a poorly written thriller with an all-too-convenient happy ending.

Randomly, this line bugg
Apr 12, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Ellen Gleeson has just gotten home and retrieved the mail. She was getting read to put the mail down when something in the pile caught her attention. It was one of those white postcards that says “Have you seen this child?” The similarities between the missing boy and her son, Will is uncanny. It was like Ellen was looking at a picture of Will but Ellen knew that couldn’t be true as her son is an only child. Well that is what the adoption agency told her. A few days later and Ellen still can’t g ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Angela2932 rated it did not like it
Don't you just hate when you have so little respect for a book that it stirs up all kinds of vile, hostile, feelings in you and you develop a passion for trashing the book? And then you have to feel guilty because there's probably some poor starving author who worked her fingers (and brain cells) to the bone, cranking out this drivel, and foisting it on the unsuspecting public? And then, even so, the book somehow gets a 4 star rating, which makes you feel like you are truly living in the twiligh ...more
Janie Johnson
Jan 15, 2015 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
This has been one of the most thought provoking, profound, and compelling stories I have read this year. If you are a parent you would feel the same way. I got into this book thanks to World Book Night. It was the book I decided to hand out to my community and I only hope that those people are as affected by this story as I was.

It was like looking into 'real' lives as I read the book. I could actually place myself into the shoes of our main character Ellen, and often did, who is a loving, compas
Patrice Hoffman
Jun 25, 2012 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an extremely easy, fast-paced read. It's like a newer, more up-to-date version of King Solomon's judgement. Or at least that's what kept replaying in my head the more clues unraveled. Long story short, I found this book to be extremely interesting and worth the day it took me to read it. There's nothing complicated about this book. The plot is fairly simple to follow and the supporting characters are a little thin. It doesn't change the fact that it's interesting and will have ever ...more
Mar 31, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I just happened to come across this book at Target and decided to pick it up because the little line on the front "What would you do if the face in a missing child photo was your son?" caught my eye. It was a good book but didn't seem to have much depth. The chapters were short which kept the book moving quickly and always wondering what would happen next. However, it was basically just Ellen doing her own research and not a whole lot of interaction with other characters. I am just guessing here ...more
Apr 29, 2009 Michelle rated it did not like it
I really have enjoyed all of Lisa Scottoline's past books...always buying the next book out. This I have a hard time believing she actually wrote this. Just the premise is hard to believe. Would a mother who supposedly adores her adopted child risk her job ( shes the breadwinner here) and the possibility of losing her child just because she saw a picture on a missing child flyer that looks like her son. Making every kind of stupid decision a mother could make. I would cal ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Stacy rated it it was ok
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This is a story of truth. What is the truth and how does one handle it when the truth hurts more than one can imagine?

Ellen Gleeson is a reporter, a single mother and a seeker of truth. When she sees a card with the photo of a missing child on it, she sees the resemblance to her adopted son. Ellen takes off on a truth-seeking mission to discover who her son really is, hers or someone else's? Then will come the question, what shall I do about it?

Tracking clues, Ellen keeps running into roadblocks
May 01, 2010 Mahin rated it really liked it
This was the first Lisa Scottoline novel that I've read and if this one is any sort or testament to her talent for thrill writing, then I'll definitely be purchasing other copies of Lisa's books. I was glued to my seat while read this in one!
Mar 15, 2011 Shelby rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
A friend of mine said this book is 'unremarkable.' I can't think of a better assessment. I almost gave it 1 star, because it elicited basically no response from me at all... but I figured since I can't really say I hated it or that it was absolutely horrible, it probably deserves 2 stars.

This was a quick read, but not because it was compelling. More-so because I wanted to get it over with and read a book that I actually WANT to read. The plot was way too unbelievable and ridiculous to actually g
Apr 20, 2009 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing
Ellen Gleeson is a busy single mom and newspaper reporter, and despite the fact that layoffs at the newspaper loom on the horizon, ratcheting up the stress another notch, she believes that her life is just about perfect.

Rushing home from work one day and eager to face domesticity, she is blindsided by a picture on a small white card – one of those “missing children” advertisements. At first glance, she is sure that the poor lighting of her porch is the explanation. But upon closer inspection, as
Jul 20, 2010 Caitlin rated it liked it
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Jan 01, 2016 Carole rated it liked it
Look Again was a fast paced novel and I enjoyed it, but some parts fell flat for me. I think there were just too many unbelievable parts and the ending was just too convenient, wrapped up in a neat little bow. Of course I was rooting for Ellen to keep the son she loved but...I find it very difficult to believe (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 09, 2013 Gloria rated it it was ok
I appreciated that this book was an easy read. I wasn't overly impressed with the convenience of certain plot devises used. I think the premise was intriguing. The idea of what would you do if the son you adopted was in fact kidnapped and someone was looking for him. How far would you go to find the truth, and what would you do once the truth was revealed? But then the book cops out and the ending is covered in sugar. Still the material might make for a good movie on the LMN.
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
3 1/2 stars. Suspense with lots of twists & turns plus a generous sprinkling of humour & romance. I fell in love with 3 year old Will and his beloved cat Oreo Figaro. I was filled with admiration for the protagonist Ellen. Left me wondering how I would deal with the horrible possibility of having to give up a beloved child. Scottoline is a wonderful story-teller. My 1st book by this author - it won’t be the last.
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Jan 04, 2014 Rachel Gossman schultz rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read in a while!! Ellen is a reporter who receives a flyer in the mail showing missing children. She notices that her adopted son looks remarkably like the aged progression of the boy missing. She decides to do some investigating of her own and uncovers clues from the case. I could hardly put this book good!!!
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
May 12, 2010 Wanda (Good Choice Reading) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This book is soooo good! Now luckily I'm blessed to have children and have one handsome boy of my own. But had I had to adopt and see myself in this situation, I honestly have to say I would NOT know what to do or where to start. But from the minute Ellen saw that card something in her stirred and she couldn't let it go. She starred at the picture in different lightings to make sure that she was seeing it correctly and started making comparisons. The picture on that white card looked identical t ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it
"When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops — the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful.

But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will
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Sep 17, 2009 Lain rated it really liked it
In the manner of Jodi Picoult, Scottoline takes on a mother's biggest fear -- losing her child. Ellen Gleeson, a newspaper reporter and single mom, is loving her life with her adopted 3-year-old, Will, until she sees a missing child poster with a boy who looks eerily like her own son.

She can't put the picture out of her mind, and she turns her journalistic skills toward uncovering the truth -- is her child a kidnapped boy whose parents are praying daily for his return? And if so, what will Ellen
Jul 07, 2015 Joi rated it liked it
I usually love most of Lisa Scottoline's books. But this one, not so much. I did not like the main character Evelyn and that really ruined the book for me. The plot was fabulous, but I feel as if Evelyn made so many dumb mistakes that it was hard for me to relate to her. This book was about a mom named Evelyn who got a missing kid poster in the mail. The kid in the picture looked like her son, so she went through the process of finding out if it was her son or not.
Nov 03, 2009 Lianne rated it did not like it
I am a fan of Lisa Scottoline's legal thrillers so when I saw this did not include the same characters I wasn't sure but I thought I'd give it a shot. Unfortunately this turned out to be a major mistake. In fact, I had to force myself to finish it, skimming the whole second half of the book. It is the story of a woman with a young, adopted son who fears that her son may have originally been a kidnap victim with the parents still searching for him. She obsesses over this to the exclusion of every ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok
I thought that this book was going to get a much higher rating,considering the rave reviews that it received. I was very disappointed after reading this, the characters were forgettable, the story was consistent but it was flopping from one thing to another. The only thing that was consistent was the fact that the author never lost focus on the plot but she added unecessary characters that affected the characters, that was a major flaw. Although it was intriguing that Ellen Gleeson had an adopte ...more
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