Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

50%

21 Critic Reviews

Scottoline, so attentive to plot, is indifferent to character.
-NY Times

Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling 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 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.

 

About Lisa Scottoline

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Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author, with more than twenty million books in print. She won the highest prize in suspense, the Edgar Award, and the Fun Fearless Fiction Award from Cosmopolitan magazine. She was a director of the Mystery Writers of America and appears frequently on TV, including truTV's Murder By The Book. Her books are published in more than twenty-three languages, and she remains a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Save Me
All: 21 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 12

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 01 2011

Scottoline, who shifts gears at every curve with the cool efficiency of a NASCAR driver, expertly fuels her target audience’s dearest fantasy: “Every mom is an action hero.”

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Caroline Leavitt on Apr 22 2011

Scottoline, so attentive to plot, is indifferent to character.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Katherine Powers on Apr 12 2011

Events culminate in a spectacular conflagration, and in the midst of it all, one mighty figure towers: Mom.

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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jean Graham on Apr 10 2011

Prolific writer Lisa Scottoline never disappoints readers who love to follow complex whodunits right to the shocking end.

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Sanger Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Lynne Smiland

Scottoline writes a well-paced story for the most part, interesting and absorbing and hard to put down.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Below average
Mar 31 2012

I would recommend this book for the first portion of the book, with the warning that the second part is a little far-fetched.

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Romancing the Book

Good
Reviewed by April on Mar 28 2012

Conspiracies, cover-ups, politics and so much more came to light the further I read, making this a much more complex story than I thought it would be.

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Buried Under Books

Below average
Reviewed by Ted Feit on Jul 01 2011

... it is a murder mystery, but so overloaded with superfluous subplot that it becomes burdensome to read.

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So many books, so little time

Below average
May 14 2012

I did like the first part of the story but the second half I found quite hard to believe...

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red headed book child

Below average
Reviewed by Michelle on May 05 2011

It just fell a little short towards the end and it didn't go where I thought it would.

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Knitting and Sundries

Below average
Reviewed by Julie on Nov 13 2011

I must say that I felt that this book was unrealistic, with LOTS of stretching.

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Teresa's Reading Corner

Good
Reviewed by Teresa on Jun 09 2011

This book engaged me immediately and kept me coming back for more.

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The Book Garden

Below average
Reviewed by Anne on May 08 2011

The second half I thought was not as good as the first.

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Mrs. Jensen's Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by reader792 on May 03 2012

This book is definitely a page-turner. I absolutely loved it. It was a really quick read and was a lot of fun to read. I think that the author did an amazing job at portraying the character's feelings, emotions, and personality.

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My Book Views Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Nicole on Jul 06 2011

Scottoline completely lost me with the out-of-nowhere plot twist.

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CelticLady's Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Kara Kelly on Jun 23 2011

I think it's obvious to say this novel was a grave disappointment, which is surprising because Lisa Scottoline has written many fantastic novels.

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Me, My Book, and My Couch

Below average
Reviewed by Shonda on Aug 12 2011

The plot is full of twists and turns, although it’s a little far-fetched, at times.

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Lori's Reading Corner

Good
Reviewed by Lori on Mar 19 2011

You will find it hard-pressed to put this book down.

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Purple Sage and Scorpions

Good
Reviewed by Kay on Apr 19 2011

I raced through the last third of the book and considered this an adventure worth taking.

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Sincerely, Jenni

Below average
Reviewed by Jenni on Jan 31 2012

The second half is so unbelieveable and unrealistic that it turned the book from inspiring and thought-provoking to just plain annoying.

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Everyday I Write the Book

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Reviewed by Gayle Weiswasser on Nov 13 2011

The plot got increasingly outlandish and implausible, edging into ridiculous as the chapters wore on.

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