Don't Go

Don't Go

by Lisa Scottoline
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Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline has thrilled millions with her emotionally-charged novels that feature strong women exploring the boundaries of family, justice, and love. In her New York Times bestseller, Don't Go, she breaks new ground and delivers the story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero.

When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he's acutely aware of the dangers he'll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn't think of himself as a warrior, but a healer.

However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparent household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. His medical practice is in jeopardy, and he is a complete stranger to the only family he has left - his precious baby girl. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.

Ultimately, Mike realizes that the most important battle of his life faces him on the home front and he'll have to put it all on the line to save what's dearest to him – his family. Gripping, thrilling, and profoundly emotional, Don't Go is Lisa Scottoline at her finest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250025999
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 25,474
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

LISA SCOTTOLINE is a bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author. She has served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and her recent novel, Look Again, has been optioned for film. She is a weekly columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and her columns have been collected in two books and optioned for television. She has 25 million copies of her books in print in the U.S. and has been published in thirty countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets.

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including Look Again, Lady Killer, Think Twice, Save Me and Everywhere That Mary Went. She also writes a weekly column, “Chick Wit,” with her daughter Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer. The columns have been collected in Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog and My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space. She has won an Edgar® Award and Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Fun Fearless Fiction” Award, and she is the president of Mystery Writers of America. She teaches a course on justice and fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She lives in the Philadelphia area.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth:

July 1, 1955

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981

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Don't Go 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Lisa Scottoline book I've read. I sure hope her other stuff is much better than this. The dialogue is unrealistic, the plot not believable, and I was never able to develop any feeling for the main character. Time NOT well spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is interesting in that Scottoline tells it from a male point of view. This is a departure from her usual approach. Grief over his wife's death notwithstanding, it's hard to believe a physician and soldier could be such a wuss when it comes to caring for his own child.
The_IE_Mommy More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a thriller! I had no idea what to expect but this book got off to a chilling start and the suspense continued to build from there in Don’t Go, Lisa Scottoline’s latest. I listened to the audio version so I couldn’t go any faster than the reader but this quick paced story kept me enthralled the entire way through. Audio books usually take me a little while to get into because I have to get used to the different voices by the same reader. This one pulled me in a lot quicker than usual where I was able to get completely lost in the story and wasn’t distracted by the reader. Mike Scanlon has one misfortune after another beginning with his wife’s death. Things really fall apart when he comes home to bury his wife to a daughter who doesn’t know him and his practice falling apart. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers what his wife had been up to when he was gone. He questions everything he knows and loves. He returns to Afghanistan and tries to bury himself in his work. Catastrophe seems to follow him wherever he goes and when it strikes again in Afghanistan, he returns home for good. Trying to get his life back proves to be a bigger challenge then he could have dreamed. Things continue to go wrong in every possible way. Darkness is his constant companion as the life he once knew slips out of his grasp. Scottoline makes you feel empathy for Mike on the deepest level possible, despair for his predicaments and hope that he will be able to pull it together and get his life back. Life is hard to Mike and he has to fight for what he believes to be true and repair what has been broken in his life. Don’t Go is a suspenseful dramatic mystery that will keep you in the dark until the very end. It is a true testament to the human spirit and what one can accomplish if they set their mind to it and never give up.
bettysunflower More than 1 year ago
Mike is a surgeon and a reservist who was called up to serve in Afghanistan. He is a month away from going home when he is contacted that his wife has died in a freak home accident. He flies home and is met by his sister-in-law and her husband who have been watching Mike's infant, Emily, since his wife died. Emily cried when Mike tried to hold her so his sister-in-law took Emily back. Everyone was still so upset from the loss of Chloe, Mike's wife. They were all sensitive to the fact that Emily was so young and had no idea what was going on and that she missed her mother. Right after the funeral, Mike returned to Afghanistan. He had signed paperwork that his brother-in-law (a lawyer) brought to him which gave Bob, and his wife, Daniel temporary custody of Emily for as long as needed. Back in Afghanistan there was a doctor shortage made worse when a grenade was thrown into a cluster of people, killing several of the surgeons. Mike witnessed the horror of his friends deaths and felt partly responsible. So that when he was pressured to re-up for another year he finally agreed. Just as the year was ending, Mike was in a convoy when it was attacked. The doors in his vehicle were jammed but he was able to get out and save the other occupants. During the fire fight he ran to one friend that was unconscious and threw himself on top of the guy. Mike was injured during this attack which led to his going home a bit early. This is where the real story begins and I do not want to spoil it for you so I will stop there. The book is very well written and easy to follow. The characters are wonderful and help you get 'lost' in the telling of the story. It has a good story line that is well presented and keeps you turning pages long after bed time.
JULIANN1 More than 1 year ago
I don't quite know what to say. For years now I have purchased Lisa's books the day they have come out, but increasingly they have fallen short of her previous standards. This one—I am speechless. I don't know about the story yet, as I have only read about 50 pages, but her writing is very poor, trite, and careless. I could give several examples, but he sentence that prompted this review is a classic grammatical affront: " . . . and a Christmas tree decorated with tiny white lights blinked like electrified stars." I don't think so. Perhaps it should be the lights blinking, not the tree! For the first time, I may not finish one of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a book was great reading from start to finish. Heart breaking at times with some tears and at the same time heart warming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually don't read many books of his author, I think its the 2nd one and i enjoyed it very much. I will be looking a what else she has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was written very well. The story was gripping and grabbed my attention from the first chapter. I tried to predict the outcome of the story, but was surprised by the actual ending of the book. I would highly recommend this book. Good for discussion in a book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Lisa Scottoline's books and have read many of them. This one is different than the norm, which is ok when a novelist attempts to try something new. But I didn't enjoy it, mostly because the main character was an annoying, unlikable guy. He did one stupid thing after another, and it didn't feel like it was caused by PTSD brought on by the just seemed like he was a jerk. The sister-in-law and her husband felt hollow and unrealistic. The scenes in Afghanistan felt very real and they were very disturbing, as they should be, so this part of the story was fairly well done (although I prefer to avoid books about war, so this was unexpected). Although I felt compelled to finish reading it, I couldn't wait to reach the end, and be done with it. Very unsatisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was to scattered an not really belieavable.
Morleysplace More than 1 year ago
I was truly disappointed -- I'd not read a Lisa Scottaline in a while and was looking forward to getting back to her work since I've missed a few -- thought I'd start with this which I found unreadable, with an almost diadatic droaning-on tone. I thought it all very unlike what I'd read of Scottaline so am very disappointed. Perhaps it gets better later, but I put it away for now, not willing to finish. Maybe I'll try again later, but there's too many books out there and too little time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was so well written. The character development was wonderful. I couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one great story. Love it and am not quite finished reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down, the author does a good job of connecting to your emotions. I cried, I cussed but most of all I really enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend it for others to read as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to.put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Kept you guessing throughout the book. First book I have read by this author. Look forward to reading other books by Lisa Scottoline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something really needs to be done to these rude plot spoilers who insist on revealing details of the story line. That is rude and inconsiderate. Please stop. Other readers would like to tead the book for themselves and not have you people give us the readers digest condensed version. Please bn, stop these plot spoilers....please?
Hilda241 More than 1 year ago
As usual an excellent read by Lisa Scottoline. The reader is immediately swooped up into the life of the protagonist Dr. Mike Scanlon. At times I felt like shaking him and telling him to get off the drugs and act like a father. How could anyone leave a child with a man with such anger management issues and drug dependency problems? I felt his brother-in-law was right to kick him out of his house under those circumstances. The book for me was emotionally charged and toward the end I became very frustrated with Dr. Mike and wished he'd drop out of the picture completely. Even though the book was interesting and a fast read, I still enjoyed Ms Scottoline's early books about the law office and its characters more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kept my interest throughout the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, this was good, I can't say it wasn't. Scottoline is a great author - I've read a number of her books. But as one of the reviews stated, it just seemed like WAY too much crap was happening to this guy. And everything that happened to him when he returned from Afghanistan the 2nd time seems like it took place over the course of at least a month or two and yet it was only a week!? And when Mike found the lawyer Stephanie, my first thought was "Great! She's a good choice, she'll help him." But the coverage of the trial and her constantly telling him YOU'RE DOING GREAT! WE'RE WINNING! DON'T WORRY! when it seemed pretty clear to me that he was being thrown to the wolves and buried. I thought she was an idiot. LOL! Then she hauled off and got so pissed at him. YET, they end up together. Go figure. So, it kept my interest and I mostly enjoyed it........... but was it one of her best? Nah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book. It was disjointed, the dialogue was slow, sluggish n did not flow. quite frankly, it was extremely boring n monotonous. i am a fan of Lisa's books but I have to say that this was a big disappointment for me and very poorly written.i can't believe that Lisa wrote this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down. Read it in one week!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It was an easy read and also kept your interest because you knew how you wanted the book to end, but when certain situations arose you weren't quite sure how it could happen. Another Lisa Scottoline Success!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book by LISA was a departure from the others she has written. I enjoyed it very much. It will make a good beach read