Not only is Don't Go Scottoline's 20th novel, but it's the first time she's writing from the point of view of a man. To my delight, I quickly fell in love with Don't Go and was fully engrossed in the plot from start to finish.
Many of Scottoline's recent books have focused on relationships between family members, and it's something at which she excels. What really struck me was her effortless ability to construct magnificently descriptive prose that spoke to me. It not only carried me through the story, but it made me feel what the characters felt. Unlike some of her contemporaries, Scottoline's writing comes off like she does in real life: Genuine.
This novel focuses on the tumultuous life of Dr. Mike Scanlon. His wife dies while he's serving as an army doctor in Afghanistan, and he's forced to pick up the pieces when he gets home. He not only has to come to terms with his wife's passing, he has to learn how to be a father to his daughter, who barely remembers him. It's an emotionally-charged tale that's peppered with Scottoline's signature humor. And it's filled with unpredictable twists and turns that kept me flipping through pages late into the night.
Don't Go was an excellent read, and I highly recommend it. It's a compelling thriller filled with nuanced characters you can't help but care about. Most of all, I loved how this novel had a theme weaved throughout. In addition to being the title of the book, the phrase "don't go" is something Mike Scanlon hears and ponders during his journey. It's a beautifully executed storytelling device that makes the title feel inspired and the plot cohesive.
You feel bad for Mike Scanlon, whose wife dies while he was serving as a doctor in Afghanistan. His young daughter is being taken care of by his wife's sister and husband. When he comes home, it's like he has a black cloud over his head and follows him everywhere. He can't catch a break either with his child, his family, friends or his practice. His life goes in a downspin.
Just an okay book, not too credible, too choppy and predictable
Good story,held my attention and is a fast read. Good characters and subject matter, returning medical doctor from war, different subject matter for Lisa Scottoline. Good research on the medical side of the story.
I have read the majority of Lisa Scottoline's books and all of them are excellent. This one is MORE than excellent! I absolutely loved it. It was heartwarming, suspenseful and realistic from the beginning up until the end. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for more by Lisa!
A riveting story about an Afghanistan doctor who's life begins to unravel when his wife dies back in the States and leaves him with a baby daughter to care for. Scottoline did an excellent job of making a man the main character for the first time and her characters were for the most part rich and developed.
This is not like the other books by Scottoline. Completely different characters, and just a little legal drama and courtroom scenes.
The main character is a doctor, serving in Afghanistan. His wife, meanwhile dies in an apparent household accident. He also has a baby daughter.
While serving a second tour of duty, he suffers a major injury that will permanently change his life forever and alter his ability to practice medicine.
Other reviewers have given summations regarding the storyline and plot. The book was very well written, but was very depressing. That being said, anything and everything about war is depressing.
The book will give you a renewed respect for our military, especially those who are stationed and serving in Afghanistan, and for their families. I would post the book, but it was a library book. Put this one on hold and be patient. It is worth the wait.
I thought it boring from page 1 and couldn't get into the story as it took so long just to get past the first 50 pages, but in those first pages you get the outline of the story and it is so predictable you might wonder why go on? It just doesn't get much better even by page 100.
I don't recommend it at all just because if you want a really interesting read, this is not it.
I thought this was a really good book--it combined mystery and romance and you didn't get bored at all thru the book.
Another great book by Lisa Scottoline. This is a different book than she usually writes, still great even tho it is not her usual subject. It has great suspense, great storyline and it will make you shed a few tears. Look forward to her next book!
I enjoyed the story, and it had good character development. Kept me interested throughout. However, I thought the ending was a bit rushed. A one-line "6 months later" at the beginning of one of the chapters would have gone a long way.
Definitely a different style from author's other books, but very engaging. Any time I stay up into the wee hours to finish a book, I know it's a winner.
Very good book! Lisa Scottoline did it again!