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Saving Max
Saving Max
Author: Antoinette van Heugten
Danielle Parkman's sweet but mentally troubled adolescent son, Max, while being assessed at an Iowa psychiatric hospital, is found covered with blood at the scene of a murder and is accused of being the killer. Danielle, out on bail but confined to her motel as an accessory, defies a court order despite herself being a lawyer. Desperate to s...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780778312932
ISBN-10: 0778312933
Publication Date: 10/10/2010
Pages: 376
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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kattkatt99 avatar reviewed Saving Max on + 119 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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Max Parkmanautistic and whip-smart, emotionally fragile and aggressiveis perfect in his mother's eyes. Until he's accused of murder. Attorney Danielle Parkman knows her teenage son Max's behavior has been getting worseusing drugs and lashing out. But she can't accept the diagnosis she receives at a top-notch adolescent psychiatric facility that her son is deeply disturbed. Dangerous. Until she finds Max, unconscious and bloodied, beside a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death. Trapped in a world of doubt and fear, barred from contacting Max, Danielle clings to the belief that her son is innocent. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her son really a killer? With the justice system bearing down on them, Danielle steels herself to discover the truth, no matter what it is. She'll do whatever it takes to find the killer and to save her son from being destroyed by a system that's all too eager to convict him.

NOW...I am not saying that boosting your vocabulary is a bad thing by any means but PLEASE... It seemed like the author was over using her great vocabulary simply for ego's sake. Common words could and should have been used in several places.
I mean come on...tenebrous, nebulous, kilim, expiation and malefic just in the first 20 pages and that's leaving out all the psychiatric terms.Then there was masticating instead of chewing.People do not talk like that.
That aside; having several children of my own I can definitely go to that place of being willing to do anything to save your child. Yet there were times(lots of them) that I could have shook Max's mother because it "seemed" as though she didn't have the common sense God gave a door knob.
Am I ever glad I got past the at times ridiculous use of words and Danielle's what appeared to be a lack of common sense, to finish the book because it turns out to rank a solid 4.
I realize that deducting a whole point for an extreme use of 50 cent words may seem excessive but most of us read books like this to relax or escape and don't want to have to grab our Websters to find the meaning of unnecessary and extreme words.
I am looking forward to her next book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this one! Could hardly put it down. It is a legal/medical thriller. If you are a John Grisham fan, I definitely recommend this one.
It also has a phycological thriller story line....
I loved it
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book, didn't want to put it down! Although from a medical and physcologial standpoint some things in this book aren't possible, it is still a great read. Enthralling, captivating and keeps you on the edge of your proverbial seat. The overuse of 'big words' is a little irritating but otherwise I highly recommend this book.
devinneyh avatar reviewed Saving Max on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book had the opportunity to be decent. In fact it started off pretty good. While I couldn't relate to the characters, I enjoyed learning what it is like to live in family with an autistic(?) child. Then something happened. I think the author decided one day that she could a legal thriller even though the book started off more as a general drama. Then she took LSD (jk) and made some terrible decisions. The plot stopped making sense. The main character fell off the deep end and made decisions no sane person or mother would ever do. She was a lawyer for crying out loud! Anyway, there are points in the book where you will laugh out loud at the sheer stupidity. I don't regret reading it, but would advise Ms. van Heugten to never write another book. Stick to lawyering.
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The author has an amazing way of portraying the human spirit. This one you surely won't put down until it's finish. I look forward to further works from van Heugten.
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Well written, very intense and terrifying--concerning child abuse (not sexual) and what takes place in a mental instituation.
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It was hard to put down. It's a must read in my opinion.


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