Reading “Come Home” is like going on a roller-coaster.
You do not know exactly what to expect at every twist and turn, but you know it’s going to be exhilarating and fun. In “Come Home”, Scottoline takes her readers on a ride of a lifetime at dizzying speeds. She packs quite a punch and keeps you hooked until the very last page.
In the first chapter, we are introduced to Dr. Jill Farrow, a caring, nurturing suburban mother and pediatrician, who has finally gotten her and her young daughter Megan’s lives in order after a divorce. She’s engaged to a wonderful guy named Sam. Everything seems picture perfect until late one night Jill’s life turns upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep and delivers shocking news that Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that her father 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.
This book explores the definition of motherhood and examines the emotional repercussions in a family. Readers can find themselves asking several questions like when do you ever stop being a mother or a stepmother? Is there such a thing as an ex-child? Is there a limit to the love of a family?
Almost all the characters are well-developed and believable. Jill is at the center of this Venn Diagram of characters. She’s torn between helping her old family, which consists of Abby and her sister Victoria, and maintaining her soon-to-be new family with Megan and Sam. How can she possibly juggle those things as well as focus on her career as a pediatrician?
What I love most about Scottoline’s main female characters, including Jill, are that they’re so strong, relatable and determined to get to the bottom of a problem or crisis. They risk their lives just to protect the ones they love.
Scottoline is an expert of “writing what you know.” There’s a wonderful consistency in all of her books where the setting is in the Philadelphia area, which is where she was born, raised, and still lives. From Route 202 to Broad Street, she is passionate about her community and exudes that in all her stories. As a former lawyer, Scottoline does a great job in researching and writing the medical jargon and details.
I jumped on the Lisa Scottoline roller-coaster about two years ago when “Look Again” came out, and I’m glad I did. Each new book she’s published has been brilliantly written and received rave reviews. When her latest thriller “Come Home” came out several months ago, my attention peaked but I wondered how a New York Times best-selling author could continue top her other 17 novels!! I am happy to say that she did not let me down!
I think this is the best book Scottoline has written so far because it’s a compelling novel that’s filled with heart, thrills, chills, and full of life.