Friday, May 25, 2012

(74)Come Home by Lisa Scottoline

Come Home

Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Pages: 382

It seems like the bonds between step-parents and their step-children are becoming a really popular theme in literature these days.  And I LOVE that!! I think Come Home is my third or fourth book this year that features that topic, but it is definitely not my favorite one.

Jill Farrow is engaged to be married to Sam.  She is finally happy and her daughter, Megan loves Sam. Sam is a good guy and NOTHING like her ex-husband.  While he turned out to be a real sleazeball, Jill still finds herself missing her two ex-stepdaugters, Abby and Victoria.   It has been years since she last saw them when one night a drunk Abby shows up at her doorstep. Her father, Jill's ex is dead.  It was ruled a homicide, but Abby is convinced that he was murdered.  She has come to Jill for help in finding out who killed him, but is Jill willing to risk her newly found happiness to help her ex-stepdaughter?

I really enjoyed the theme of this book.  Once you are family you are always family and not even divorce can change that. I loved how Abby felt that she could turn to Jill in her time of need, even though she had divorced her dad and it had been years since they had seen each other.  I also loved how Jill was willing to drop everything to be there for her step-daughters.  Having said that, the mystery portion of this story really seemed to fall flat for me.  I have read several of Scottoline's earlier books and I seem to remember them to be a little more edgier than Come Home.

Bottom line, while I loved the whole aspect of the relationship between Jill and Abby and Victoria, the mystery portion of the story was not as exciting as I had hoped for.   If you are not looking for the gritty or hard hitting kind of mystery, then this one just might be for you.


Sara Bell said...

This sounds like a good one. I am really liking Lisa Scottoline. I like the family-element mixed in with all that mystery. =]

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