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3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  21,526 Ratings  ·  2,572 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 18, 2012 Sian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Well I found this to be incredibly disappointing.

It started off quite promising; an explosion, who does Rose save? her daughters bully or her daughter? She reaches a compromise and manages to save both (or so she thinks). What she later realises is that that something else happened and one of their lives hangs in the balance.

When I started reading this, I was in the mood for the type of moral dilemma type of book this represented to me. Then about 200 pages in it turned into a "murder mystery" a
I really wanted to like this book. I finished it in hopes that it would get better but I was disappointed. The premise - that a mother has to make a split second decision about whether to save her own child or someone else's and the consequences of that decision - was interesting and had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, that potential is never realized.

The problems?
1 - The dialogue is many times cheesy and unrealistic. I found myself rolling my eyes quite often throughout the entire book. Es
Chris Wolak
May 03, 2011 Chris Wolak rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Jan 08, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit, rubbish
This is the worst book I have ever finished. It is complete rubbish, but that is the catch. The sheer idiocy of it makes it a page turner. Just when you think the author has hit the pinnacle of stupidity, another absurd plot twist takes off and I was left in disbelief at the fact that the story could become any more implausible.

However, it is not just the plot that is lacking. The writing itself is enough to earn it the dubious honor of being tagged “rubbish” (I had to add that tag just for thi
Mar 28, 2017 Suzanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Excited I was to listen to this book as it was on my TBR list, and I don't have the best access to audio cd's. The premise of the dilemma a mother has when saving her own in a fire and needing to save others, who do you choose first? The first couple of chapters were ok in dealing with this - and I felt the angst in spades from the mean hearted parents that were quick to be judgemental and outright rude after tragic events of a fire. Things got convoluted real fast, improbable. Implausible. This ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Ambyr rated it it was ok
I do not include synopses with my goodreads reviews. Read what the professionals wrote. It's better than my mumbo jumbo.
Actual rating: 2.25 stars?

I REALLY wanted to like this book. My real rating is probably somewhere around 2.5, but I had to drop it down to 2 for several reasons.

First and foremost, I am all for shorter chapters. Books that have 60-page chapters have been proven to be harder to read for most people, and I'm one of them. Shorter chapters make it easier for me to read more ("Oh, i
Aug 26, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it
It felt like I finished every chapter (and there were at least fifty of them....) with an eye roll accompanied by saying "ugh, this is horrible." Every chapter I debated just abandoning the book, but the thing is I was just too curious to find out what happend (not necessarily because the plot was good.... just because I am so curious and I hate the idea of investing time in a book and not knowing how it ends).

About a quarter of the way through the book, I could just sense that I wasn't going t
Apr 17, 2011 Yvonne rated it it was ok
Sorry to say, but I'm pretty disapointed with Save Me. I was so excited to see it available at my local library that I grabbed it before anyone else could. However, it did not live up to my expectations.

In all fairness, the first half of it was good enough to hold my interest. Anyone who has had their good intentions and/or their good character questioned unjustly can empathize with the main character, Rose. She was put in a lose/lose situation with only seconds to think, and everyone else in t
May 10, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
For the first three quarters of this book, I loved it. You are riding Rose McKenna's emotional rollercoaster but any mother would. How many times have you volunteered at your child's school?

Rose's daughter Melly was born with a port-wine birthmark on her cheek and has been teased and bullied out of her last school and now the harassments has begun all over again at the new Reesburgh Elementary. To see for herself how bad it is between her daughter and the class princess Amanda, Rose decides to
Jun 22, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
The first half of this book was engaging! I am a retired educator and have been a volunteer at my children's schools, and our local playhouse. This novel could give you many ideas to discuss in a book club. Unfortunately for me, the least part of the book left me wanting the book to end quickly. The super mom private eye section felt overdone! Overall a good read.
Teena in Toronto
Jan 20, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it did not like it
This sounded like an interesting premise and it started out promising. After an explosion in the school's cafeteria, lunch mom Rose has a life threatening decision. Does she rescue the two girls who have been bullying her daughter who are right there or does she go find her daughter, Melly, and save her, leaving the two bullies? Rose is able to do both and becomes a hero. But things change very quickly and every resident in the small town turns against Rose and there are threats of legal action. ...more
Heather Bokon
Dec 26, 2013 Heather Bokon rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
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Apr 13, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
Scottoline returns with a stand-alone thriller about a super-hero, a mom.

When Rose McKenna's daughter is injured in an explosion in the school cafeteria, she has to choose between saving the children in front of her or looking for her daughter. Her decision ultimately impacts how she is viewed by the rest of the town and rumors begin about her.

She sets out to find out the cause of the explosion and in the process uncovers a conspiracy by a former CEO of a big company and US senator.

A gripping st
Kathleen Kelly
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Aug 04, 2011 Maggie61 rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of books by this author and have enjoyed most of them immensely.
This one is a little different than some of her previous books, giving you a more emotional book, more of a character study and I really liked it more for that.
It`s about a woman forced to make a decision on who to save in a school fire, her child or 2 other children. This is a choice that no mother should ever have to make. And realistically, wouldn`t a mother naturally want to save her own child first? Or would y
Dec 26, 2011 Allie rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrendous
I was given this book as a kris kringle/secret santa present this year, by somebody who clearly doesn't know me very well. I have tried to read chick lit before, assuming it would be enjoyable in that vapid, lazy way that playing Bejewelled on my phone and clicking through facebook profiles of friends of friends of friends can be. I picked up a Janet Evanovich (or someone) book in a Johannesburg hostel once, and lay by the pool with it for 10 minutes before giving up in a rage. I should have lea ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Julia rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this, but I didn't. I didn't really want to finish it, but I did. The beginning of the book however, drew me in. As a mom who volunteers often in the school, it made me pause to consider, what would be the legal ramifications if something tragic happened while you were the parent chaperone? I would have liked that story line to have continued. But the book seemed to be divided into two almost separate parts. In the second half, Rose becomes Nancy Drew, driving all over the tri-s ...more
Heather L
Aug 15, 2015 Heather L rated it really liked it
The very ending is what bumped up the rating for me. It was touching and had great closure. It was worth the few tears I shed over the course of the last 20 pages. This is my first novel for Scottoline. I like her writing. It's precise and sharp and the characters are well developed. A lot of "what if's" in this book. I liked and respected Rose. Her wit, warmth, and charm emanated off the pages. She had a solid marriage and a great little family. The bond they all had spoke volumes. Now as for t ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this book down. It was a fascinating read!
Mar 16, 2013 Carla rated it liked it
I gave this book 3 stars because I was engaged enough to want to know what happened at the end. However, I did not enjoy it as much as other Scottoline books I have read. I thought Rose, the main character, was weak and ineffective to the end. Melly, her daughter, was annoying. The plot twists were kind of out there and the end was cheesy. I have a lot more to say but then they would be spoilers, so I will leave it at that.
Oct 20, 2012 Gretchen rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Lisa Scottoline since "Look Again" and I was excited to see "Save Me" at my local library.

Rose is a supermodel turned mother who is married to Leo, her lawyer husband. She lives in upper class suburbia with him, her daughter Melly by her former husband and their son, John.

The story begins with Rose volunteering at her daughter's school. She witnesses her daughter being bulled by another student and transforms into "mama bear" mode, calling out the bully and her friends and t
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Apr 07, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
This novel is interesting in that it starts out as a drama, but later becomes a mystery as Rose embarks on a quest to find the truth while protecting her daughter and clearing her name. Honestly, I didn’t know what I was going to think of this novel when I picked it up. Originally, I was excited, but as I read the many reviews out there, across all the spectrums, I began to wonder if I would like it at all. What I found, upon reading it, is that I truly loved it, but it is for a certain type of ...more
On the day Rose volunteered at her daughter's elementary school to help in the lunchroom, an explosion in the kitchen sets fire to the school. Rose manages to get two little girls out of the lunchroom and to the hallway which leads to the playground outside, then she races back into the fire to find her daughter who was in the bathroom when the fire occurred. Initially, Rose is hailed as a hero for saving her daughters life. But then it is discovered that one of the little girls Rose had led to ...more
May 04, 2011 Dianne rated it did not like it
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

If you enjoy the type of novels that want you to ask yourself the hard “what if” or “what would I do in this type of situation” questions, then you may find this novel interesting…at least for the first 8 or 10 chapters, because that is what this novel asks you to do. It tries to ask you to put yourself in a situation that may make you uncomfortable, unpopular and may even call you ethics into question.

Or, after ten chapters you may do like me and simply roll your eyes
Mar 18, 2012 April rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-reads
This book started with an extremely thought provoking dilemma: a parent volunteer in the lunchroom finds herself thrown into the middle of a tragic explosion. Does she save the little girl who has been tormenting and bullying her daughter first? Or does she go after her daughter?

Rose McKenna believes she makes the perfect compromise: she guides the three young girls to the hallway and tells them to run outside. She then heads to the handicap bathroom to find her daughter, Melly, who has run off
Anita Adams
Jul 06, 2013 Anita Adams rated it it was ok
I was intrigued by the premise of the book SAVE ME...who's life would (and should) a mother save, if she has to make a choice between her own child and other children? It seemed like a moral and emotional dilemma that might play out in an interesting way-and it did-for about the first 20 chapters. Unfortunately, this book has 89 chapters! It went from interesting and believable to boring and far fetched. The book reads like a Saturday morning Superhero cartoon. The "Superhero" Mom, takes on The ...more
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Sep 14, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
It took me almost three months to finish my last read of 400 pages and only a day and a few hours to finish the 370 pages in Save Me by Lisa Scottoline. This book is a page turner! Almost like reading the well-crafted script for a Law and Order or Chicago Fire. I was riveted from page 1 through the end. The plot twists and turns had me constantly shifting my own thinking about what happened in the school cafeteria the day that main character, Rose McKenna volunteered to be a "cafeteria mom". The ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest. I bought this because of Jodi Picoult's recommendation on the front cover. And the first few chapters made me felt so lost and annoyed that I almost gave up reading. But like any avid reader, I pursued on and thanked God the story caught up both in speed and substance in part 2 of the story. Still, I questioned the credibility of the characters and thought it was too fictionalised to be true.
Lindsay Nelson
May 28, 2017 Lindsay Nelson rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really like the author, but the book was not good at all. The main character was ridiculous as was the first half of the book. Perhaps the second half was better, but I will leave that a mystery.
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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 28 novels, including her latest, ONE PERFECT LIE, which releases in April 2017. Her previous emotional thriller, MOST WANTED, has been optioned for a TV series. Lisa also co-authors a bestselling series of humorous memoir with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, which is based on their weekly Philadelphia In ...more
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