by Lisa Scottoline
Review: 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 begins, sending Melly to the bathroom in tears. Just as Rose is about to follow after 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.
In the way that Look Again had readers questioning everything they thought they knew about family, Save Me will have readers wondering just how far they would go to save the ones they love. Lisa Scottoline is writing about real issues that resonate with real women, and the results are emotional, heartbreaking and honest.
Review: After reading Scottoline's Look Again, I was very keen on trying another one of her books. Look Again read very quickly and really drew me in and kept me reading. This book was similar. It really kept me reading but it made me so angry! The mother, Rose, had to make a split second decision and I honestly think her decision was exactly what I would have chosen. The community vilified her for her choice but I think in that situation, everyone would have made the same choice. Rose was shunned and that was what made me so angry. After a half of the book, the story line goes a different direction and doesn't focus on that anymore (which is a good thing as then it made me less angry). However the story line becomes a little unbelievable. While this book wasn't a bad book, it wasn't good either. If you want a really quick read that is interesting, this would be a good book for you!
Rating: 2 1/2 stars