Lisa Scottoline has delivered taut thrillers with a powerful emotional wallop in her New York Times bestsellers Save Me, Think Twice, and Look Again. Now, with her new novel, Come Home, she ratchets up the suspense with the riveting story of a mother who sacrifices her future for a child from her past. Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, 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 the swim team. But Jill's life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her 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 breakneck pacing of a thriller while also exploring the definition of motherhood, asking the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an ex-child? What are the limits to love of family?
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"Scottoline challenges us to consider what mothers risk for their children and how that commitment trumps all else. Maggi-Med Reed wraps the listener tightly into the suspense and emotional tangle with a powerful performance. In fact, the high emotional drama literally sweeps you up like a whirlwind. Jill Farrow, a successful pediatrician dedicated to her young patients and to her blended family, is naturally concerned for her stepdaughters when her ex-husband dies unexpectedly but unprepared for the danger of trying to understand what happened. Reed propels the story with drive and energy, and a near frenzy of emotional turmoil. She astutely projects the near-hysteria of sudden loss, the cold rage of rejection, and the angst of teenage uncertainty. Listeners believe each emotion, and root for Jill to survive and come out whole on the other side. R.F.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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