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Look Again

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Reporter Ellen Gleeson is stunned when she sees her adopted son Will on a "Have You Seen This Child?" flier and must decide if she is willing to uncover the truth about her son's birth and possibly risk losing him forever.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
ISBN: 9780312380731
0312380739
Characteristics: 385 p. ; 22 cm

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kellywinkler
Sep 17, 2014

I'm not sure why there are so many negative reviews. This book was so good I read it in two days. It really makes you think about what you would do in that situation and it so good!

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modestgoddess
Aug 15, 2012

I wanted to read this when I read the premise - I thought it sounded really interesting and thought-provoking. Then I read it and discovered that no, it was just provoking. Wow. What an incredibly poorly written novel. My fave terrible line: "He crossed his arms in a pale yellow golf sweater and khakis, with a smile." Whaaaat?! I did keep wondering how Scottoline was going to work it all out. She really, really cheated by making the birth mother do something no mother would ever do - not one in her circumstances, not one who acted so much as though she really truly loved her child and wanted him back. Improbable, credibility-stretching, packed with boring detail and minutiae that is not important (eg, I can't count the number of times Scottoline refers to her protagonist's driving habits, hitting the gas, accelerating, speeding, running this red light and that - she referred to it so often, I thought perhaps it was going to be central to how the plot worked out - maybe she gets pulled over by a cop at a crucial point? Nooo. She does get pulled over by a cop, but for no reason that furthers the plot or our understanding of the characters). This stupid book could easily have been half the length with some judicious editing. I was interested to see a blurb on the front saying, "Her best novel." That's a great tip-off: now I don't need to read any more Scottoline!

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mudflapflossy
May 16, 2012

What would you do if you found out your adopted child might in fact be somebody's kidnapped child? 3 yr old Will with his beloved cat Oreo Figaro are the best things in Ellen’s life, how could she possibly let him go? It’s admirable how Ellen deals with this emotional dilemma. This is a thriller with all sorts of twists & turns and a generous sprinkling of humour & romance. I enjoyed her writing style; she has a talent for getting straight to the heart of the matter. This is the 1st Lisa Scottoline book I’ve read but it definitely won’t be the last.

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lpreston214
Mar 29, 2012

I like this one a bit better than one of Scottoline's other stand-alone novels, Save Me. This book also has a highly unlikely plot but all the pieces fit together (pretty much) and I liked the protagonist. The romance could've been left out as the romantic interest character was so underdeveloped but I guess he was needed to make the maximum happy ending.

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GusAndAbe
Oct 12, 2011

This book makes you think if you were Ellen what would you do?

Lexicon_ Sep 24, 2011

The plot is solid, but the author really loses me with the constant and stagnant self-reflection of the protagonist (Ellen). It's really unfortunate, because Ellen is a very likeable and real character - she plays to the beat of Average people, thankfully! While of course the story is predictable, there are some twists that make this book interesting. You get to do a little sleuth work whilst reading. However, I was greatly disappointed in the ending. Perhaps I was just reading faster to get to the point, but it seems like, all of a sudden, the pace changed and the attention to detail was lost. So was my ability to maintain the Willing Suspension of Disbelief. A little more care could have been taken to maintain credibility and believability in the plot.

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blolo
Sep 14, 2011

I don't normally read this kind of book (it was a bit of a thriller written sort of like a Jodi Picoult novel) but I really enjoyed it although it is certainly a bit over the top at times. The melodrama and silly plot twists took away from this interesting premise, imo. Nonetheless, I recommend it if you want a page turner. Despite the flaws, I really couldn't put it down... I basically evoured it.

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trj120
Jul 26, 2011

I couldn't even finish the thing. I think the story had some potential but was so full of holes I just didn't buy it. And WAAAAY too much self reflection by the author. Every page had a paragraph devoted to, "oh is it him? could it be him? am i crazy? it looks like him?" etc. I just got tired of the whole thing about half way through.

Emptynet Jul 26, 2011

A great story that makes you think what would I do. Great twists and a good ending.

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MABeahon
Oct 19, 2010

Read this book in one day. I've always liked Scottoline's books, but this was my favorite. A real page-turner, with lots of emotion.

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Lexicon_ Sep 24, 2011

Reporter Ellen Gleeson becomes obsessed in uncovering the truth after receiving a Have You Seen This Child flyer in the mail that looks identical to her adopted son. Putting her job on the line, Ellen takes off in search of clues and proof of her sons true identity. When the bodies start piling up, Ellen quickly realizes loosing her son may not be the only thing to come.

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Lexicon_ Sep 24, 2011

"Take those papers and put them away, at the bottom of the drawer." Ron [her Lawyer] slid the file, the photographs, and the composite drawing across his messy desk. "Your adoption was valid. Will is your child. Enjoy him, and invite Louisa and me to his wedding." Ellen packed up her papers, wishing she could take his advice. "I can't do that. I want to know what's true"

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