Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Save Me

Title: Save Me
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 
 April 12, 2011
Reviewer: Stephanie

Summary: 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 has 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 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.

Review: A fast paced story about a mother's dilemma. Rose McKenna has become a lunch mom volunteer at her daughter's school. Melly is being bullied at school because of a congenital birthmark on her face and Rose wants to keep an eye on her. Probably not the best of reasons to offer her services and it lands her in a whole heap of trouble. Catching the bullying ringleader making fun of Melly, Rose politely "tackles" the offending child, which delays some of the children's departure from the school cafeteria. A horrific explosion from the next door kitchen completely destroys the cafeteria and the kitchen itself, killing three members of staff and injuring some of the youngsters. Consequently, Rose must make the ultimate decision, whether to save her own child who has run to the nearby disabled toilet to escape her tormentors, or to save Amanda, the chief bully. It's a bit like "Sophie's Choice", but far less harrowing.

Rose makes her choice, which appears to be the correct one, but there are unforeseen consequences and her life turns in to a living nightmare. Then an incident from her past catches up with her. A secret she has kept from her husband and friends rears its ugly head to torment her once again. The finger of blame is well and truly pointed at her.

I have read several of Lisa Scottoline's books and have enjoyed them. This is no exception. They are in the genre of Jodi Picoult, so lovers of her books will certainly enjoy this one. With lots to discuss and analyze, Save Me is a good beach read and an excellent novel for a book club.

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