In Lisa Scottoline’s new novel, Don’t Go, Mike Scanlon is an Army surgeon only a month away from finishing a dangerous tour in Afghanistan. Even this close to the end of his deployment, he worries about the toll his absence is taking on his young wife, Chloe, their infant daughter, Emily, and about their future if he doesn’t come home alive. Ironically, he never imagines that Chloe would be the one to die.
Her sudden death made no sense to Mike – a violent and mysterious accident in her own kitchen – and it made even less sense when he arrived home to suburban Philadelphia for the funeral. He wondered why didn’t Chloe call 911 immediately after she was injured, and why wasn’t anyone there to help her at that time of day?
Mike’s instincts tell him that something is off with his wife’s death, and he begins to investigate on his own. He learns that Chloe was keeping big secrets from him and that her death might not be an accident after all.
To strain things even more, Mike discovers that his medical practice is falling apart, his daughter doesn’t recognize him anymore, and Chloe’s sister and her husband want custody of his adorable Emily.
As the story continues, Mike begins to spiral downward and everything around him erodes until he finally realizes that the war he is fighting is not in Afghanistan, but in his own personal life.
Don’t Go was released on April 9, 2013, and is Lisa Scottoline’s 20th novel. It is different than some of her other fiction offerings because it is a stand-alone book (it is not part of a series), and it is written from a man’s point of view.
It contains a lot of surprises as you read along, and it is also more of a story-driven rather than a character-driven book. The only problem with Don’t Go is that it ends a little too neatly, and there are some loose ends that are not addressed.
Additionally, the story has a very contemporary feel and tackles issues that today’s soldiers, veterans and military families struggle with routinely.
If you read Don't Go and like Scottoline’s writing style, be aware that besides being a New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author, she writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled Chick Wit, which is a clever and fun take on life from a woman's perspective.
About the Author
Amy Morris is a librarian technical assistant at the Westport Branch. She earned a B.A. in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, from Avila University. Besides reading and writing, Amy enjoys traveling, art, being creative, and spending time with her family. She also writes her own blog at livingkansascity.blogspot.com