Lisa Scottoline delivers 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 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?

Reviews

"A gripping and compelling novel about one woman solving her ex-husband's murder, and the emotional repercussions of going back into a family you no longer know. Scottoline gets all the details right, and gives all the characters flesh and blood, breath and life. This is a novel that is as full of thrills as it is full of heart."
– Kristin Hannah

"Three hundred pages bled through my hands and I closed the book at two a.m. If the sheer energy in Come Home could be bottled the oil companies would be out of business. The suspense and dread builds like a series of tornados flattening all in their path. The characters, Jill, Abby, Victoria, Sam, are drawn as finely as a writer could. The pace is relentless, the twists are jaw-dropping and then Scottoline piles ending on top of ending until you turn the last page and just sit there, exhausted on every level. As I closed the novel I thought that, quite simply, Scottoline is a powerhouse."
– David Baldacci

"Scottoline is always awesome, but her latest book held me spellbound because she has such an eye for describing complicated family relationships (and I know complicated family relationships!)."
– Janet Evanovich

"Scottoline deftly speeds readers through a dizzying labyrinth of intrigue with more hairpin turns and heart-pounding drops than a theme-park ride. This thrilling testament to a mother's relentless love may well be Scottoline's best novel to date".
– Library Home Journal (starred review)