By: Lisa Scottoline
Published: April 1, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Dr. Mike Scanlon, an orthopedist, is overseas serving his country in Afghanistan. Back home his wife, Chloe, and seven-month-old daughter, Emily, are trying to survive without him. In just a month, his tour will be over and he will be home for good. During his last month in Afghanistan, he finds out his wife has died after a freak, household accident. He returns home to a daughter who has no idea who he is, a dead wife who appears to have been a closet alcoholic, and a failing medical practice. With plans to return back to Afghanistan for the remainder of the month, he leaves Emily in his sister-in-law’s care and hopes that everything can be managed once he returns home.
Life doesn’t go as planned once Mike returns to Afghanistan and his home life also begins to spiral out of control. As Mike leaves Afghanistan, he hopes all the battles are behind him and he just wants to see his daughter. Instead, he has battles to fight at home as well.
This is my first Lisa Scottoline book and definitely not my last. I rank her up there with Jodi Picoult and Kristin Hannah for writing stories with real characters and true-to-life situations. The characters feel like people you know and their emotions overflow off the page.
As a side note, I hope the author has found a new proofreader since the printing of this book. The amount of typos and silly mistakes in this book were distracting and unprofessional for this caliber of an author.