Monday, May 21, 2012

Book review: Come Home

A while back I received a new audiobook to review- Come Home, by Lisa Scottoline. Here's a bit about it, from the Macmillan website:

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? 
I started out this book by listening to it as an audiobook, and very much enjoyed listening to it in that format. It's read by Maggi-Meg Reed, who does a really lovely job with the book and has a voice that is very nice to listen to.  However, I kept running out of time to listen to the book in an audio format and was desperate to know what happened next in the book, that I ended up going to the library and getting Come Home in book format. Then I made the mistake of starting to read at 11 PM and ended up staying up for hours, caught up in the great story. 

This is an excellent book with a pace that never stops and lots of twists and turns in the mystery.  It's also a great story of love and family and relationships.  I very much enjoyed everything about Come Home and I will definitely be seeking out other books by this author.  And I passed the audiobook on to my friend who has a long commute everyday- I know she'll like it as much as I did!

Disclosure: I received this audiobook to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.