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Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
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Sep 04, 11

Read in August, 2011

2.5 stars, probably. This was a zippy novel, and I sped right through it. Scottoline definitely knows how to start a novel with (in this case) a literal bang, and throw her readers right into the action. The novel is about a woman named Rose McKenna, who is volunteering at her young daughter’s school when there is an explosion. Believing that she has gotten three other girls to safety, she runs to rescue her daughter, who is hiding in the bathroom. Unfortunately, she later learns that one of those girls returned to the cafeteria and was gravely injured. The community finds her responsible; will she have to face consequences? And did she make the right choice for going after her own kid instead of saving the others? This was like a Jodi Picoult novel, only with even more suspense (and, indeed, Picoult has a blurb on the cover). Unfortunately, I felt like the novel kind of implodes by the end. What started as a suspenseful moral-quandary novel with an annoyingly passive but somehow compelling protagonist suddenly turns into a corporate thriller with a badass mom taking down the Man. I felt that the novel suddenly became less interesting, and I couldn’t get over the sudden shift in genre. It was a fun read, but in many ways, a disappointing one.
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Rebecca i couldn't have said it better myself.


Elizabeth EXACTLY my thoughts.


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