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Lisa Scottoline is probably best known for her legal thrillers, which center on the lawyers of the Philadelphia firm Rosato & Associates, but in recent years she has branched out and written several thrillers that focus on families, most frequently mothers and their children. Of those novels, Don't Go, whose main character is this time a father, is far and away the best. It is the story of Army Reserve surgeon Dr. Mike Scanlon, deployed in Afghanistan, whose wife Chloe dies in a tragic household accident, leaving their new baby Emily without a mother. Mike is torn between his need to care for now-motherless Emily, and the life-saving work he does with his Forward Surgical Team colleagues in Afghanistan.
This intense story has love, loss, grief, betrayal of trust, war, murder, legal wrangling and crime, twists and red herrings galore, and the action never lets up. I couldn't put it down.
Recommended by Catherine