Save Me A Novel Author:Lisa Scottoline "Each staccato chapter adds new and unexpected turns, so many you could get whiplash just turning a page. Scottoline knows how to keep readers in her grip." ?The New York Times Book Review?Nobody could have foreseen what would happen the day that Rose McKenna volunteers in the cafeteria of her daughter?s elementary school. Rose does it to keep a... more » discreet eye on her third-grader, Melly, a sweet, if shy, child who was born with a facial birthmark that has become her own personal bull?s-eye. Melly has been targeted by the mean girl at their new school and gets bullied every day, placing Rose in a no-win position familiar to parents everywhere. Do we step in to protect our children when they need us, or does that make things worse?When the bully starts to tease Melly yet again, Rose is about to leap into action?but right then, the unthinkable happens. Rose finds herself in a nightmare, faced with an emergency decision that no mother should ever have to make. Would she sacrifice another mother?s child to save her own? What she decides in that split second derails Rose?s life and jeopardizes everything she holds dear?her family, her marriage?and even her own life?"A white-hot crossover novel about the perils of mother love."?Kirkus Reviews« less
what a disappointment--the first 2/3 just kept dragging on and on and on and I felt at times like I was reading a See Jane Run book, the dialogue was almost sickening between the mother/daughter--the last 1/3 of the book is when the real story finally unfolds and by that time I was so bored I just skipped through got the info I needed and finished it to get it out of the way--very disappointed with this one.
When Rose McKenna and her family move to a small Pennsylvania town, they are hoping for a more supportive environment. But this has not turned out to be the case, and the bullying that traumatized young Melly in previous settings has followed them to this small, peaceful town; for Melly has a large birthmark on her cheek, and suffers regular taunts and teasing.
Volunteering at the school in the lunch room offers Rose the opportunity to oversee things and to provide a safety net, of sorts. But on one tragic day, the cafeteria explodes, endangering lives. Rose's efforts to direct the children outdoors to safety, and then return to find her daughter trapped in the bathroom, leads to applause for the "hero mom," only to have the tide turn drastically when other mothers blame Rose for endangering another child. For seemingly, Amanda, one of the biggest bullies, did not make it outside to safety and lies in Intensive Care in a coma.
The media frenzy skewers Rose as negligent, with hints of criminal prosecution and lawsuits hanging over her head, even as she sits beside her daughter's bedside, awaiting her recovery from smoke inhalation.
Moral, legal, and ethical themes provide a backdrop for this series of events, beginning with the media frenzy, legal posturing, and serious dilemmas that have arisen from the tragedy. Rose is determined to get to the bottom of what happened that day, but as she asks questions, more arise, leading her down a pathway and on a journey to construction companies, local factories, and politicians. Wending her way through her questions, she uncovers more and more clues pointing to blackmail, conspiracy, and murder.
What connects a construction company, a potato chip factory, and a politician? What do any of them have to do with the fire in the cafeteria? And what unique situation lies at the center of it all?
Scottoline has a talent for leading the reader on a nail biting journey, turning those pages rapidly in the pursuit of answers to these questions. I couldn't help but love the characters of Rose, her husband Leo, and especially the plucky Harry Potter reading Melly. Save Me is about so much more than the initial questions of who you would save during a tragedy. It led to questions about responsibility, negligence, and what nefarious individuals might do for profit and fame.
I have mixed feelings about this book. Initially it pulled me in. Many reviews seem to be negative about how boring the story is, but I personally thought the story line started out fine and it was decent enough to keep me interested. However, about 3/4 of the way through, the story lost me and it seemed as if the author just didn't know where to take the story next. I felt like it was thrown together in a haphazard way, as though she was pulling at strings to tie the book together. From that point until the end, I just wanted to finish the book so I could find something better to read. I can't say I entirely hated the book, but I can't say I enjoyed it. I would say that the entire book was very unbelievable. So for that, I would have to lean more towards the fact that I did not like it, but it kept me interested enough to finish it so for that, I'd say I did like it. It did not prevent me from wanting to read other books by this author, but I'm not sure I can say that I recommend this book.