Save Me

Save Me

eBook - 2011
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice

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.

In the way that Look Again had readers questioning everything they thought they knew about family, Save Me will have readers wondering just how far they would go to save the ones they love. Lisa Scottoline is writing about real issues that resonate with real women, and the results are emotional, heartbreaking and honest.
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group


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Oct 23, 2019

I had to read this for my book club, and I hated it SO MUCH.

1. There's an explosion and tons of action for the first 30 pages or so, and then nothing happens for the next 200 pages. It's just the main character feeling angsty and the entire community acting in a way that no community would actually respond.

2. The characters were so unlikable. I actually kept expecting the husband to turn out to be a bad guy, but...nope. Just unlikable. Even the daughter, who I'm pretty sure I was really supposed to like and sympathize with annoyed me. There just wasn't enough character development in any of the characters. Everyone was extremely one-dimensional.

3. New characters and new backstory suddenly shows up when the book is well past halfway. The bad guy is introduced way at the very end.

4. She suddenly turns into a Nancy Drew-style detective half-way through the book, except that she doesn't actually try to find real clues. She just comes up with ideas of what MUST have happened, without any proof or really any facts, and her "amazing" insights of course turn out to be correct. Everything about how she solves the case is utterly ridiculous, as are the facts.

5. On top of the story being just not well written, the writing itself is just awful sometimes. There are sentences like, "Is that bruise impairing your vision?" What???!!! How is that even possible?

So yeah. It was terrible. The end.

SCL_BethZ Aug 21, 2018

Thrilling and gut-wrenching. This is a thriller that made me think.

May 07, 2018

Was dissappointed in this. First of Scottolne’s books I didn’t lke. Took way too long to get to the point. With useless descriptions of things. Don’t recommend this one.

grandquilter Sep 07, 2012

I thought it was a good read. Maybe parts of the story were a little unbelievable, but I still couldn't stop reading till I got to the end. I liked the main character, Rose, for her persistence, seeking truth and forgiveness.

Aug 11, 2012

I didn't love this book, but still couldn't put it down. It reads like Jodi Picoult, but I couldn't stand the main character. The plot, however, was interesting enough that I wanted to know what would happen next, even if I didn't particularly care for the writing.

skindrea Apr 30, 2012

Although the plot gets somewhat far fetched, the writing is intriguing enough to make the reader wonder what he or she would do if faced with a moral dilemma like who to save in a fire.

Apr 19, 2012

This is a poorly written book with a story line that is not at all a believable. The jacket cover seemed like it would be an intriguing story but it turns into a weak mystery that makes no sense. Seems like the author had a good idea but didn't know where to go with it so half way thru changed it into a mystery. Formula writing at it's weakest. Thank goodness the chapters were short and you could zoom thru it without wasting alot of time.

Feb 23, 2012

Save me, save me from ever reading a book like this again.
I thought it would be a good story about bullying, instead it is a book about suburban stay at home mom turned private investigator - like a very poor and predictable Nancy Drew book. There is no legal knowledge like you would find in a John Grisham book. Some chapters are only two pages long. The bad guy just pops into the story line near the end. But don't worry, in the end everything is wrapped up nicely in a saccarine sweet pink bow and everyone is happy and lovely and bullies are not bullies anymore (without any kind of intervention) and there are unicorns and rainbows. (kidding about the unicorns and rainbows).

Nov 06, 2011

Hated it. Listened to audiobook version and decided half-way through the 2nd cd to stop listening; I found it excruciating. I normally like Lisa Scottoline's stories about good-friend women lawyers, but not this one.

Oct 04, 2011

Rose McKenna, lunch mom and parent of a bullied child, lives through a kitchen explosion and fire at school. After directing two girls out of the building she has to go back and rescue her daughter who is locked in a bathroom. After they barely make it out she discovers one of the other girls, who just happens to be her daughter's bully, ran back into the school and is gravely injured. What follows is just so utterly ridiculous that as I listened to this book in my car I had to stop the audiobook occasionally to yell at the characters. Maybe I can accept that the whole town would hate this woman but when she begins to investigate the explosion and discovers a conspiracy which ends in a horrible bloody fight in a potato chip factory it's just laughable.

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