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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  41,285 ratings  ·  4,476 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 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
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
Collecting the mail as she entered the house from work, Ellen Gleeson was keen to see her three-year-old son Will. Connie, her babysitter was an angel – Ellen thought back to the day she had found her and was extremely grateful. Once Will was in bed, Ellen returned to the mail – the flyer that had the words “Have You Seen This Child?” across the top brought her up short; the photo of the child on the front froze her heart. It was Will – or if it wasn’t, he had a twin out there somewhere…

Ellen ha
Angela Cheney
Apr 07, 2011 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
Carolyn  Storer
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 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jun 07, 2009 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 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
Jan 09, 2012 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
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Wow I couldn't imagine being in her shoes. I would be angry,confused and scared out of my wits that everything you have will change. Crazy.
Mar 17, 2009 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
Patrice Hoffman
Mar 12, 2012 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
Apr 29, 2009 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
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's been years since I read a Lisa Scottoline book, but so glad I decided to catch up on her backlist. Probably would not recommend this to anyone who's adopted a child. A journalist comes across an age-progressed picture of a missing child...who looks just like her son. A fast-paced twister, this is a great re-introduction to Lisa Scottoline's storytelling. Hopefully it won't take me as long to get to her next novel!
Patricia Williams
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote earlier that I found out I had read this book before but did not realize it in the beginning. There are so many books about missing and lost children. I always enjoy books by Lisa Scottoline and this was no exception, even a second time. It's the story of a mother's search for who her adopted son really is and it has a happy ending, so I did enjoy this a lot.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had my heart pounding hardcore from the very beginning until the very last page.
Besides almost throwing me into an anxiety attack, this book had me balling my eyes out at one point. I was literally an emotional wreck.
I read this book a few years ago and it has stuck with me.It really hit me to my core, no other book since has come close to putting me in such an emotional state as this book did.

I'd like to check out more of this author's work, her writing is magnificent to be able to ma
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
Kara Hansen
3 stars. This was a decently average book- quick read and a fairly enticing enough plot that kept me wanting to find out the end. We follow Ellen Gleeson, newspaper reporter and adoptive Mom to three year old Will. The story opens when Ellen looks through the mail one day and sees an advert for the American Center for Missing and Abducted Children with a photo of a young boy that looks uncannily like her son Will. And so begins the story...with Ellen unable to get rid of the idea that maybe ther ...more
Janie Johnson
Feb 25, 2013 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
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
Do not waste your money on Look Again by Lisa Scottoline. This author has written many good books. And this story sounds good. However, the book has a lot of problems, such as characters that need to be put back in the oven to cook further, unrealistic concepts, and an ending that makes you question why you read the book. This is why I give this book one star. This book was another gift I received. That is the only reason why I finished it.
May 01, 2010 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 25, 2010 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
Jun 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
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I really did not like this. The premise of the story was intriguing until it wasn't.
Romantic Suspense, Domestic, Kidnapping, Adoption

LOOK AGAIN bring out emotionally charged questions of family, motherhood, career, relationships, and justice. It has solid and realistic characters, gripping plot development and a strong unstoppable female heroine--it was easy to root for Ellen (she was very nice change to all those unlikeable and deceptive protagonists!). There's also plenty of intensity, twists, and turns to keep you glued to the pages.

I didn't give birth to Will, but I am
Apr 15, 2009 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 rated it liked it
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Feb 17, 2011 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
May 28, 2013 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.
Sheila Roberts
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
This gal can write a page turner. I thought her story concept was wonderful. So why didn't I give the book five stars? I felt bogged down with too many little every day details of our heroine's life with her child. The plot seemed to drag in places. But once the action picked up the book was an entertaining read.
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Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 30 novels, including her #1 bestselling, AFTER ANNA. 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. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, h ...more

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