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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Look Again (audiobook) by Lisa Scottoline

Interesting premise but it often ends up being a glorified romance novel

Published by MacMillan Audio in 2009
Read by Mary Stuart Masterson
Duration: 9 hours, 27 minutes

In a planned departure from her normal books featuring female attorneys, Lisa Scottoline brings us the story of a single mother reporter (Ellen) and her adopted son. At the beginning of Look Again Ellen glances at one of those "Have you seen this child?" cards that come in the mail and she notes that the child looks just like her adopted son, Will.

A little digging by Ellen uncovers several clues that her son may indeed be a missing child, which leads us to the key point of tension in the book: If it turned out your child was actually someone else's child, would you tell and lose the child or would you stay quiet and leave another parent in pain?

Narrator Mary Stuart Masterson
I have been a big fan of Scottoline's work since I discovered Everywhere That Mary Went when I worked at a book store nearly 15 years ago. However, for me there was too much romance novel stuff that padded the book and slowed down and diluted the tension. Couple that with a plot hole at the end that is big enough to drive a truck through and I ended up a bit disappointed. It's pretty good but not as good as her others.

The audiobook is read by veteran Hollywood actress Mary Stuart Masterson. Masterson does a great job with the accents and voices, especially the voice of 3 year old Will. It lasts 10 hours and comes on 8 CDs.

At the end of the last CD is an enjoyable 10-15 minute interview with Scottoline.

I rate this book 3 stars out of 5.

This audiobook can be found on Amazon.com here: Look Again by Lisa Scottoline.

Reviewed on September 17, 2009.

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