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Save Me Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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Unfortunately, a catastrophe in the cafeteria not only brings grief to innocent people but also makes Rose into a pariah. She is unfairly blamed for committing an unforgivable act, and must fend off pushy reporters and furious neighbors. Adding to her burdens is a painful secret from her past that she has never revealed to her husband, Leo.
The novel begins promisingly. Rose is sympathetic, compassionate, and a devoted wife and mother. She is infinitely patient and always seems to know how to make her kids happy. Scottoline points out that people who live in small communities may be close-knit and supportive. However, when tragedy strikes, they sometimes unjustly vent their anger on outsiders.
The characters in "Save Me" are thinly drawn, and the contrived and melodramatic story lacks nuance, realism, and substance. It is disappointing that, as the book progresses, Rose's activities become so outlandish. After uncovering a possible conspiracy, she drops her kids off with friends and starts behaving like Nancy Drew, sneaking around in disguise and pumping people for information. We have come to expect more from the talented Scottoline, who has written a number of compelling and suspenseful works of fiction.
It starts out well, with an explosion in a school and a mother's choice. She makes the obvious but difficult compromise to save all of the children, and would have succeeded, but one child runs back into the building to retrieve an electronic toy and is badly injured. It's all downhill from there.
The plot is ridiculous and strains credibility. Although the husband and wife are supposed to be deeply in love with a good marriage, he seems very peripheral and uninvolved, except in his interactions with his stepdaughter. I got very bored reading about the adorable things baby John did, ad infinitum. Melly's birthmark was way overworked. The whole book was boring, and at the end, the main protagonists actions were stupid, as was the reaction to those actions, and everybody believed her story with no shred of proof. Well, except for the security guards actions toward another character, and why they would take her and tie her up at their first encounter is never explained. She tries to enter a company party, babbling about a murder that was written off years ago as an accident, and their reaction is to drag her off and tie her up? Were they in on this convoluted plot from the beginning. Did they call someone? The response was over the top and incriminating, which I guess is how the author had to tie up the loose ends of the slithery plot going nowhere.
Did Lisa Scottoline actually write this book? There were hints of her writing here and there, but I don't think she did.
Anyway, it was boring with a supremely unbelievable plot and this is my last Lisa Scottoline, at least to buy. Maybe she can redeem herself in another book, but I'm not going to pay for it.
"Save Me" is the most inane, childish, just plain boring book I have read in years. I forced myself to finish it - and even then I did some skipping. Does Scottoline really expect readers to be able to suspend disbelief to the point where they can accept a "Super Mom" who, figuratively, "leaps tall buildings" in one jump? The main character in this book does at least that.
She single-handedly overpowers a well over 6', 250 lb. (or more) Hit-Man,who is intent on killing her; she brings down Heads of large and respected corporations; and, the coup de gras, she brings down a US Senator and has him held for Murder, ALL BY HERSELF.
The stupidity is magnified, if possible, when she gets these people arrested and charged by the FBI and other law enforcement officials, without any REAL evidence! All this is done largely on the basis of what our "Super Mom" figured out MUST have happened.
This is becoming longer than I intended, and my only excuse is real anger and disappointment that an Author who I once enjoyed and respected, has sunk to these unimaginablely low depths.
Suffice it to say, Save Me reads like a comic book; it will bore most thinking Adults, and should have been marketed for Pre-Teens.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find it VERY difficult to criticize a book written by Lisa Scottoline. But, I will. It is not a bad read. It just does not grip the reader as her other books seem to do. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William G. Straub
I liked this book because it isn't pat with 2 parents and 2 children. There is a step father and a daughter with noticeable birthmark. Do I smell smoke? Surprise ending. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Penny Fitzwater
The writing was amateurish and the plot was overdone. Tried 3 times to get into it, but gave up. Just did not care about these people.Published 2 months ago by J. Grimes
It started out a little slow. But a couple chapters in & it rolled down the hill. Couldn't wait to get to the next chapter.
So well written all her books keep you guessing until the end. She does a wonderful job of love suspense and character involvement. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Judy mendoza