Book Review: Save Me

September 2, 2011 book review 6

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by St. Martin’s Press 
From Goodreads:
Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. Her fears come true when the bullying begins, sending Melly to the bathroom in tears. Just as Rose is about to follow after her daughter, a massive explosion goes off in the kitchen, sending the room into chaos. Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to run to the bathroom to rescue her daughter or usher Amanda to safety. She believes she has accomplished both, only to discover that Amanda, for an unknown reason, ran back into the school once out of Rose’s sight. In an instance, Rose goes from hero to villain as the small community blames Amanda’s injuries on her. In the days that follow, Rose’s life starts to fall to pieces, Amanda’s mother decides to sue, her marriage is put to the test, and worse, when her daughter returns to school, the bullying only intensifies. Rose must take matters into her own hands and get down to the truth of what really happened that fateful day in order to save herself, her marriage and her family. 
This is the second book I’ve read from Lisa Scottoline, last summer I read Look Twice, and really enjoyed it.  The book begins with an explosion near the school cafeteria, where Rose is on lunch mom duty, and as she has just decided to intercede when she realizes her daughter is being bullied.  As the synopsis states Rose is quickly judged and criticized for what appears as her lack of interest and humanity when it appears she has left Amanda behind to save her own daughter Melly.  
Rose’s insistence on her recollection of the events drives her to seek answers from the most unlikely of sources.  
Scottoline writes with such wonderful foreshadowing, and yet as a reader I couldn’t really figure out was was going to happen.  I love the passion she writes into her characters, even the venomous passion shown by Amanda’s mother as she was sure Rose had left her daughter to die.  
I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars, I really liked it.  I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, one more character driven than some. 

6 Responses to “Book Review: Save Me”

  1. Zibilee

    The plot of this book sounds very interesting, and terribly conflicting, and it sounds like something that I would really like. I also think I am going to have to check this one out. Thanks for the great review!

  2. Anita

    It reminds me of the stories in the media lately; of kids bullying with serious repercussions and the parents ending up in court and/or jail.

    Sounds like a good book.

  3. Bonnie

    Hi Anita,

    I’ve missed you!

    This looks good. I think I read another of the books by her that you recommended but the Look Twice book didn’t sound familiar.

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