May 7, 2012
Review: Come Home
Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Coming Home by: Lisa really touched my heart in places & offered quick paced suspense, action, & mystery. It was a wonderful combination of a good hearted woman, Jill, who cared for other people in every day life as a doctor for children, and refused to turn her back on a girl who was once her step daughter who she still lived dearly. She finds herself drawn into a mystery & keeps uncovering new evidence which pulls her further in. Being a parent, it is easy to relate to Jill's feelings for her ex-step daughter. I am closer to my step mother & I understand how a relationship like that can carry on. The story was exciting, twisting, full of suprises, and family loyalty and live.
Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom, who has finally gotten her and her daughter's life back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry a great guy, 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 swim team.
Jill's life is turned upside-down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on their doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news — Jill's ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries, and discovers that things don't add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet, Jill can't turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own. COME HOME reads with the break-neck pace of a thriller, but also explores the definition of motherhood. It asks the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an ex-child? What are the limits and love of family?
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