Feb 15, 2011

Look Again

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

Overview From Goodreads: When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life—and that of the son she loves.

My rating: 3 stars

This is the book I'm reading for my (local) book club. The topic of the book is definitely intriguing, and leaves you with all those "what would I do in this situation" kind of questions. They story itself was good, but the writing felt so rushed!

From the very beginning of the book the author started with Ellen (the main character) trying to get into her house with her arms full of stuff while looking at that missing child card. I understand wanting to present the working mom situation where things are busy and thoughts run together because you don't have a lot of free time (which she did pretty well throughout the story), but she didn't take any time to lay a foundation of knowledge about the characters. She just jumped right into the story and the piled information on top of the reader - like Ellen was really busy and trying to get settled and her son Will was acting up, and it reminded her of when she first adopted him three years ago, when he was so sick and she (as a reporter) was doing a story on the hospital.......etc. So many times while reading I felt like I had to step back and take a breath because the writing never did.

Besides that big factor, the book was okay. There were a couple of twists that I predicted, but it's a very fast read. The chapters are literally two to three pages each which made for really easy, quick stopping points. (It also made it easier to justify reading "just one more chapter" before going to bed!)

There were a few nuggets of wisdom I thought were nice throughout the story - lines that stood out to me...one of them being that when her son Will was throwing a temper tantrum, Ellen walked through the mall carrying him, not embarrassed because she knew tantrums meant that moms said no sometimes and that's what made them good moms. Excellent point! (If all of the writing had been that way I would have liked this book a lot more).

I didn't dislike this book, but I definitely didn't love it either - I gave it three stars, and when Ben asked me what I thought after I told him I'd finished it, my response was, "ehhh." A good story, not super writing, but if you want a fast, easy, read, this is definitely for you.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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(Photo: Lucy the Valiant)


Amber said...

I haven't read it but the description definitely sounds intriguing!

Rachel said...

I think I'd have to agree with most everything you've said. I liked the book, but it wasn't amazing. It was a fun read. A quick read. And sometimes, that's just what ya want! I think it's much better written than a Jodi Picoult novel!

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