Saturday, September 17, 2022

What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline – Book Review

 I have just finished reading What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline, and all I can say is ~ WOW!

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I have been a fan of this author for many years and have read all of her books to date.  My favorite ones are her entire series of Rosato & DiNunzio novels, which follows the adventures of a group of women lawyers in practice together in Philadelphia. The characters are all clever and competent and downright enjoyable to follow. The story-lines are terrific and they are a fast-paced and often witty read.  

In addition, Scottoline has written a group of stand-alone novels, all of which are excellent, but somehow more serious, and even a bit darker, than her Philadelphia lawyers series.

This bring me to the most serious and tension-filled one to date. What Happened to the Bennetts will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. The WOW-factor comes in because I never saw the ending coming and the solution is surprising. 


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The story revolves around a family – The Bennetts – who live a normal suburban lifestyle. Jason Bennett is the dad who owns a court-reporting business. His wife, Lucinda, has her own photography studio.  Daughter Allison is 15 and plays lacrosse. Her brother, Ethan is 13. And don't forget the dog, Moonie. 

While driving home from Allison's lacrosse game one night, a pickup truck begins tailgating them. Suddenly, the truck pulls in front of the Bennett's vehicle, two men jump from the truck and pull guns on Jason in what appears to be a carjacking. The violence that occurs then changes the Bennett's life drastically. 

Turns out that the carjackers were members of a dangerous drug-trafficking organization. One of the men is the son of the mob boss. When he is killed, it places the Bennett family in critical danger.

The FBI advises the family to enter the witness protection program immediately. They do, but serious problems arise. You see, WITSEC was designed to protect criminal informants, not law-abiding families. Think about it. Ordinary families have connections – friends, classmates, teammates, co-workers - all of whom start searching for and wondering about What Happened to the Bennetts! Social media and news outlets keep the Bennetts in the headlines, while at the same time the criminal organization is searching for them.

But the Bennett family discover that they cannot survive in a witness protection program if they are going to keep the family from falling apart.  

Then, Jason learns a shocking truth and realizes he has to take matters into his own hands. 


What Jason ultimately does to find a solution to the situation is amazing.  The ending will surprise you.

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  1. Oh that sounds like a riveting book! Would make a good movie too. The plot is one that would keep you drawn in from beginning to end! Sounds like a good book to get lost in.

  2. It is always amazing to me how authors can "dream up" detailed and believable plots for books that entertain us for hours, and often follow us for days to come. This sounds like a very intriguing book & plot that includes current day activities like social media which seem to have a great deal of influence in our daily lives. I can certainly see how social media would make people needing to hide out quite recognizable anywhere. Nothing like a good mystery with a surprising ending!

  3. Sounds like Lisa Scottoline has outdone herself in this taut, gripping novel. No doubt fans of this genre will love this nail-biter as much as you did, especially the inventive surprise ending.

  4. Oh why oh why is my list of books that I must read growing so quickly? This book is going on my to read list just as soon as I get through some of the other books on that list. I love a good story with a twisting and turning plot. This sounds like it fits that bill perfectly. Thanks Pat for adding another book to my list!

  5. This sounds very intriguing. It must go on my to-read list.

  6. Wow, this sounds like a gripping novel!! The plot sounds exciting and the characters well thought out. I love that you did not anticipate the ending, it is good to be surprised. Thank you for sharing your great review and introducing us to this book. I think it would make a good film too!

  7. Thanks everyone. I'm glad to hear you all find my book review intriguing and something you would enjoy reading and/or recommending to others who enjoy this genre. Lisa Scottoline has outdone herself in this suspenseful thriller.


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