Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline


Simon Pensiera, one of the top sales reps from OpenSpace, the biggest office cubicle manufacturer in the area, has lost his job. After only one month of missing his quota, he’s sure he has been wrongly fired and that his termination is because of his young daughter’s leukemia and the high cost of treatments, including an upcoming bone marrow transplant. His boss, Todd Eddington, is worried about the insurance policy and tells him, “These expenses are going to kill us this quarter. It’s really too much. We can’t keep this up. They’re going to raise our rates.”

In comes Mary DiNunzio, Simon’s childhood friend from South Philly. She’s a lawyer now and has just made partner at Rosato & DiNunzio. There’s no question she’ll take the case, until Bennie Rosato tells her there’s a conflict of interest. OpenSpace is a subsidiary of their biggest client and Bennie isn’t about to jeopardize her relationship with Dumbarton Industries or Nate Lence, the company’s CEO and Bennie’s classmate from law school.

Pretty soon it’s Rosato versus DiNunzio and Mary must decide what to do. Her entire South Philly neighborhood, including a very sick little girl, is counting on her and she must find a way. And then, a shocking murder puts the wrong person in jail and Mary and her partner in danger. Can they solve the murder and fix things for Simon and his little girl, Rachel?

There are several subplots, including Mary’s relationship with the super-aggressive and take-no-prisoners Bennie, who used to be her boss. Both Mary and Bennie have significant others, which spices up the story a bit. Scottoline also describes Rachel’s illness, her treatments and preparation for a bone marrow transplant. Rachel is surrounded by a large, supportive family and neighborhood, which contributes to the author’s feel-good description of family and relationships. Much of the book is set at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is a worthy shout-out to the great care she receives.

I had not read a Lisa Scottoline book until now. Scottoline has written twenty-nine novels and Exposed is the fifth book in Scottoline’s Rosato & DiNunzio series. The author provides plenty of back story and Exposed can be read as a standalone.

I went in with an open mind, however, I can’t say I enjoyed this book much. It was an easy read, but I found the plot far-fetched, a little boring and the characters stereotypical. In particular, Scottoline’s South Philly characters are over the top, especially her hard-of-hearing father whose dialogue is displayed in ALL CAPS. Scottoline also devotes the first half of the book to a dry legal debate about conflict of interest, so readers need to wait patiently for the action to begin.

In addition, editing mistakes, including repetitive phrases, dialogue and physically impossible descriptions, make me feel like this book was cranked out without much polish. I wish I could say I liked this book. I know the author has a huge fan base, but for me, Scottoline is a one and done.

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18 thoughts on “Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

    1. Hi Lorraine – thanks for commenting. Perhaps her books are just not for me. I don’t like to bash a book, especially one that many people have loved, but I think it’s good to be honest too. Which is your favorite Scottoline book or book series?

    1. Thank you Jill. Reviews are so personal. I hate to be negative but in reality, no one person can like every single book out there. So I guess if other people feel the same way about a book, then there’s a way to connect with them and they will look for other books I like and feel confident that they will also like them. I feel a post coming on! Thanks for reading. And happy writing!

  1. I’m sorry to see you didn’t really like this one! I haven’t read this yet as I was trying to read the series all in order (this series is a spin-off from another series), but I do actually have this book in hard copy signed.

    1. Hi Stephanie, thanks for commenting. I feel pretty bad about posting my review here, but I think it’s important to be honest and also fair. Her books are probably just not for me. I didn’t mind the far fetched plot developments, but I had a hard time with the editing issues. Do you have a favorite Lisa Scottoline book? She has several series, I see.

      1. Never feel bad for posting an honest review! Less than stellar ratings are just as important to share as 5 star reads. The first book I read by her is probably my favorite – One Perfect Lie. However, it does definitely have some far fetched moments in it, so you might not enjoy it anymore than this one.

      2. I’m going to do a post tomorrow about reviews and I have an idea that might work well when I don’t enjoy a book. Would you be interested in doing a guest review?

  2. Interesting — great review for a book you didn’t love. I’ve never read Lisa Scottoline — I picked up one book by her years ago and it’s still on my shelf. Reading your review confirms for me that her books are probably not for me.

    1. Thank you, Lisa. I almost gave it 3 bookmarks, but then I started to think about other 3-bookmark books that were much better (IMO) and I knew I couldn’t. I did a casual poll at work about her books and many had similar comments. I’m really much more of a positive person, but it’s better to be honest. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. I’ve only read one of her thrillers and it was “ok.” It’s not a genre I read that often so I may be the wrong one to evaluate it. I love her columns repackaged in collective books though. I look forward to those each year. I think your review was very fair.

  4. The story sounds intriguing with a lot going on, including the little girl and her illness, which I’m sure tugs at the heart. But I also appreciate your honest review, Barbara.

    1. Thank you Lauren. It was hard for me to give a negative review. I probably should have included parts I liked, and the story line about the girl with leukemia was nice. I have a great discussion going on on the next post about what to do when you don’t like a book. So many people have replied with helpful comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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