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 was a very powerful read. The content makes every mother, grandmother or sister stop and think what they would do if faced with the same choice. It is a very emotional and thought provoking book and grabs the reader’s attention at the very beginning and keeps it until the end. Lisa Scottoline hits it out of the park with this one.
What I like about Lisa Scottoline is that she takes a question of relevance to contemporary women, and brings it to life in the pages of a book. You may agree. You may disagree. But you will ask yourself the question.
In this book the question is, "If you were a volunteer at your child's school -- and there were an emergency, would you save the children who have tormented your bullied child -- or would you save your own child -- at their expense?"
I found that question and the way that it gets answered by the protagnoist and the reaction as people judge her choice the most interesting part of this book. The mystery sort of lost its way for me in the end -- but I can forgive that as Ms. Scottoline's books never drag. They are page turners that offer the perfect distraction if you just want to loose yourself in the pages of a book.
As always, Lisa Scottoline is able to take random things and weave them into a great story.
I found the performance too dainty. Lisa's characters seem grittier than what was portrayed. A lot of that was lot in the performance.
Horrible huge waste of time and money. Narration was so bad and the story went for boring to ridiculous. It's the first time I couldn't finish a listen and was never so happy to hit delete when it was over. Believe the other reviews: Don't Bother!!!
This book had a great premise and then became a completely unrealistic thriller wannabee with a soccer mom as the crime-solving heroine. It was predictable almost to the point of cartoonish and laughable. I am still shaking my head wondering how the story went so wrong.
I really enjoyed this book! The story was so moving! I was never bored and could not foresee the next turn that the story would take! Also fantastic was Ms. Nixon's narration! I always loved her work but she morphed into the different characters so perfectly and I never even heard Miranda! :-D. I look forward to more from this author!!! Thank you for sharing your gifts, ladies!
This book was hard to finish. Mushy. I will be hesitant to keep this author on my preferred list. It took me weeks to finish. On and on and on. Yuck!
I loved listening to Cynthia Nixon narrate this book. I found the book quite compelling and though the story was far fetched at times, there are real topics that need to be written about like bullying in a school setting. As a mother, I would be moved to do some of the things the main character had and needed to do. I gained a lot listening to this book. Thumbs up!
First of all, I rarely offer any feedback but often rely on it to purchase books. I have to tell anyone who is thinking of purchasing this book "Don't waste your money or time."
I expected the fast pace and likable characters I have grown accustomed to in Lisa Scottoline's novels. While the storyline was interesting, I never really cared much about any of the characters.
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