Title: Look Again
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Release Date: April 14, 2009
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: 4 out of 5
It’s just another day for journalist and single mom Ellen Gleason when the unthinkable happens. She sees her adoptive son’s picture on a missing persons flyer in her mailbox. She convinces herself that her adoption was completely legal, and that there’s no way little Will could have been kidnapped. However, in order to silence that niggling doubt, she begins looking into the possibility, taking a risk that could destroy everything she holds dear.
Look Again really must be an adoptive parent’s worst nightmare. Ellen did everything the right way – she fell in love with Will at the hospital when she was doing a story. He had a heart condition and his birth mother didn’t want him anymore. She adopted him, taking no shortcuts and doing everything she needed to do to make the adoption unquestionably legal. Then, a few years later, she sees one picture that changes everything and makes her question all the things she thought she knew.
Ellen was a smart, determined and resourceful woman, but I had some trouble with her over the course of the book. I could completely understand her obsession and single-mindedness over this issue, as it was so potentially explosive, but she bothered me in some ways. She was willing to risk everything in order to find out the truth. She said it was for Will, and for what was best for him, but how would it have been best for him for her to find out Will wasn’t the missing child, but for Ellen to no longer have a job because she was so wrapped up in the case that she couldn’t complete her work? I understand Ellen’s desire to get things done, but she abandoned all thoughts of practicality and turned into this crazy woman, and it was difficult to handle at times.
The course of Look Again takes the reader on a lot of twists and turns. It’s very suspenseful, and Scottoline keeps the reader guessing as she leads them along. Though the reader has a sense early on whether Will is the missing child or not, there is still suspense because you have to know how it will turn out.
Look Again was an intriguing thriller that I definitely enjoyed. It was a great book for a quiet, rainy night and I’m glad that I finally got around to reading a Lisa Scottline novel. This was a great introduction to her work and her storytelling; I can guarantee this won’t be the last book of hers that I pick up.