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Most Helpful Favorable Review

65 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

Thoroughly Enjoyed

Enjoyed everything about this book. Ellen Gleeson is a journalist who, while writing a series on a sickly, abandoned infant in a hospital, falls in love with the child and adopts it. A few happy years later, she glances at a postcard of missing children and notices th...
Enjoyed everything about this book. Ellen Gleeson is a journalist who, while writing a series on a sickly, abandoned infant in a hospital, falls in love with the child and adopts it. A few happy years later, she glances at a postcard of missing children and notices that it looks strikingly like her son. She decides to investigate and soon finds, to her horror, that she had adopted a kidnapped child, and the kidnapper will do anything to keep it a secret, including murdering anyone who knows anything about it. The book has many unexpected turns, especially the reason the child was kidnapped in the first place. As a mother of young children, I completely identified with the torment that Ellen was facing when she realized she could lose her beloved son. I thought the book couldn't get any better as the last chapter ended, until the epilogue! Couldn't have ended any better! I would highly recommend. I have added this book to my favorites, as well as this author. The plot was very original and the writing superb.

posted by NurseKelley on July 5, 2010

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16 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

Look Again... Book Titles May Be Deceiving!

"Ellen Gleeson was unlocking he front door when something in the mail caught her attention. It was a white card with photos of missing children, and one of the little boys looked oddly like her adopted son. Ellen couldn't stop looking at the white card which read HAVE Y...
"Ellen Gleeson was unlocking he front door when something in the mail caught her attention. It was a white card with photos of missing children, and one of the little boys looked oddly like her adopted son. Ellen couldn't stop looking at the white card which read HAVE YOU SEEN THIS CHILD? Could the child in the photo really be her son?" Chapter 1, Page1

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline reminds me of those movies, where you could just watch the preview, and wish you knew that was the best part of the movie. The main plot of the book is given away in the inside jacket, dealing with Ellen's worst nightmare as she discovers her adopted child may be one of the missing kids. The book starts with a BANG getting into the plot right away from the first paragraph, and soon dissolves into 243 pages of slow motion and leaving the best part of the book with less than a hundred pages.
Having said that, and being fair to the author, Look Again, it is in fact a heartpounding thriller dealing with a mother's love for her child, and the moral dilemma of what would we do if we were Ellen Gleeson. The plot of the book is original however, it has too many distractions, and the ending even though is not as predictable as I thought, it is too much of a happy ending for the story to be credible.

I found the characters of this book too vague, there is no supporting character. Even Ellen, the main character, there was no background of her. We know she is a journalist, and as a her professional background goes, we are only given a previous story of her adoption, still readers are not given a reason to like her. Her character wasn't developed enough, the only thing readers are given is her love for her child, Her love connection to her son is not impressive. Put in her own words, it feels like her bedtime story to her son " I'm a mommy who needs a baby, and he's a baby who needs a mommy, I wish that little boy could be mine". But other than than the book ends, and we still don't know who her real character is. And why? Mrs. Scottoline would you name a cat "Oreo Figaro?"

I found the book to be original, it has a few surprises and Scottoline's research is magnificent. The title was excellent. However, the chapters' format of the book is horrible. I believe one to two page chapters are distracting to readers, and if the writer does it, the book has to be a page turner. Look Again was not.

posted by BolivarJ on May 15, 2010

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

    Gets Progressively Worse

    This book starts out pretty good. I liked the overall story line and the debate within the book. I think it would have been a whole lot better if there wasn't the entire middle of the book. The beginning and ending (the first 100 and last 100 pages) are kind of interesting, however, the middle is all filler. By the last 100 pages or so, I was just fed up with how dramatic the book was getting. I skimmed the entire ending of the book. If you like to read very dramatic and confusing books, this is for you. If not, don't waste your time.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

    Boring

    I was so excited to read this book but I'm not even 100 pages in and I have given up. I just can't seem to get into this book.

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Eeeeeeew!

    I hate this book soo roar and stuff

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

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    Not so great

    The start and the end of the book are the only somewhat interesting parts; the middle was such a bore - I was so dissapointed because the story line sounds so amazing - Lisa really ruined this one and I wont be reading an of her others

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2011

    The ending was cookie-cutter

    But there were problems long before that. The author uses too much description. Even when her character is facing crisis, she's very aware of what kind of floor it is, if the furniture is real or fake. She ate that great meal at the restaurant--after stalking a woman all day and waiting to get DNA samples to find out if her son had been kidnapped! The parents were ridiculously one dimensional, both of them harsh and demanding instead of sympathetic and loving. What were the chances that Mom would fake a kidnapping, the kidnapper's girlfriend would run with the baby, AND the father wasn't the father? And for good measure, bad guy told everything just before he died. Also, that she had legal right to the boy is unbelievable. Amy wasn't his birth mother and dad's name is on the birth certificate. I couldn't even finish the story. I wish I could get my money back.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Interesting Debate, Disappointing Writing

    The debate as to whether or not a parent could give their child back to his/her biological parents is going to have ever reader ask themselves what they would do in that situation. Unfortunately, the general plot for the book is more compelling than the actual novel itself. Underdeveloped or one-dimensional, boring characters make it a flat but easy read. I did find myself getting a bit bored at times.

    If you don't expect too much, this is a nice quick weekend read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    It was a good read with strong characters and a few twists and turns.

    I could feel the emotion of the characters. They were real and touching. Although I don't think there were any real surprises in the plot I totally enjoyed reading this book. Given the stories in the news of child abductions and adoptions, this book was relevant and current.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    Can't use with itunes

    I bought this audiobook anticipating that I could download it to my itunes library and listen while I walk each day. I cannot even open the book in itunes so I'm giving this "copy" to my library. Never got the pleasure of reading/listening to it. (I've down loaded many cd's and dvd's in the past and I still can except for this book. I wonder what the story is.)

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

    Look Again--then buy a different book!

    I had to force myself to keep reading this book. If I didn't know it was Lisa Scottoline, I never would have guessed. What clogs the pages of this boring, predictable, stale novel is certainly not what I've come to expect from an otherwise fabulous author.

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