In Save Me, Lisa Scottoline opens with a typical suburban scene Friday lunch in the school cafeteria that goes tragically awry, leaving mom Rose McKenna with an impossible choice: To save the life of her own daughter, Melly, or to rescue the girls who have been bullying Melly. Though the plot gets a little tangled and the prose sometimes crawls, narrator Cynthia Nixon best known as Miranda on Sex and the City keeps the story moving and the widespread cast of characters interesting.
When an explosion in the cafeteria kitchen sets the school on fire, Rose attempts to save both the bullies and her daughter and she thinks she’s succeeded, until one of the girls is found in the school, near death, and ends up in the ICU. The other mothers band together to harass the McKennas and a tenacious reporter starts digging into Rose’s background both of which throw Rose’s carefully-constructed suburban life into shambles and inspire her to track down the cause of the explosion.
The story starts out strong, raising smart, thought-provoking questions about how far parents should go to protect other children, the safety procedures in place at schools, and the powerful effect bullies of all ages can have on a family. But as it progresses, plotlines about corporate espionage, lifelong secrets, scandalous affairs, murder, and nut allergies cloud the original focus. Even as the story begins to drag, though, Nixon brings it to life. Her gentle narration draws listeners into the tangled plots, and her range of voices which include a third-grader suffering from smoke inhalation, a fast-talking young teacher, a perky reporter, drawling construction workers, company thugs, outraged mothers, and even a gurgling baby is impressive. She navigates the turning points in Rose’s life with genuine emotion, and leaves listeners with a powerful end product. Blythe Copeland
From the New York Times best-selling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice. 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 instant, 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 and listeners questioning everything they thought they knew about family, Save Me will have them 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.
©2011 Lisa Scottoline (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
This is probably the 7th or 8th Lisa Scottolini book I've listened to and likely my least favourite. It lacked much of the extreme suspense for which she is famous as well as the multiple plot twists that usually keep me on the edge of my seat. Overall I enjoyed the story and the narration was mostly good EXCEPT the voice of Melly, Rose's daughter. The voice the narrator used was different all the time and fluctuated between sounding like a Marg Simpson impersonation to a drunk teenager. It was almost unbearable to listen to the parts that had her talking.
It started out as a mom who was completely misunderstood and she was only trying to do the right thing to save her child.
The heroine mom
The mom Rose
I haven't listened to anything read by Cynthia Nixon before and I was very impressed with her performance.
Sometimes an author goes too far and too long to make a "surprise" ending and it is enough to make it a bit unbelievable. The narrator was good with adults, but the baby sounds were weird, and the child sounded like an old woman. Since the child had a big part, it was annoying. The good parts were the legal discussions, and factory descriptions.
No. I really wanted to like this author so this is the third book I've listened to that she's written. I've found that all three books (especially this one) have had really bad endings and weird plot twists. In life, not everything always miraculously turns out just perfect in the end.
I can't think of any
Fairy tale endings are irritating
Overall the story was good but I almost had to stop listening when there was a lot of dialogue of the children. The tone of the narrator was quite annoying when speaking in the children's voice.
This book started off great, dragged a bit in the middle and finished up well. It was an interesting storyline. The main character seemed a little immature and undeveloped for the role that was created in the book.
Was very boring at parts and very slow progression of the story I went online so I could see the ending so I could stop listening but since I couldn't find the answer I continued to listen. The resolution and ending was predictable but better them the beginning.
This book took me almost 200 pages to "get into" the story. I was just about to give up when the storyline finally picked up. This was just not the case with any of her older books. And this isn't the only recent book by this author to disappoint. Her other recent book, Keep Quiet, was just ridiculous and I only rated it 1 or 2 stars. The dialogue in this book was immature and too simple. It was if a new, inexperienced author wrote the book, not the accomplished writer that Scottoline has been in the past. It feels like she has lost her zeal for writing and I sincerely hope she gets it back or her writing will continue to go downhill. I know she can write better books then this. I certainly hope she gets inspired to write something great again! A generous 3 stars!
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