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Save Me [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Scottoline
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"Are you a good mother if you save your child from disaster?  What if it means sacrificing another's child?  In SAVE ME, Lisa Scottoline walks readers into this charged moral dilemma and then takes them on an intense, breathless ride. You won't be able to put this one down." --Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of SING YOU HOME and HOUSE RULES

"A novel packed with excitement and emotion, SAVE ME is a gut-clenching, heart-stirring read." --Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Tough Customer

"An emotionally riveting novel that explores the depths of one mother's love for her daughter. Powerful, provocative, and page-turning!" --Emily Giffin, new York Times bestselling author of Heart of the Matter and Something Borrowed.

"Heart-pounding!  Scottoline provides the perfect combination of explosive action, twisting turns, and genuine emotion in this exciting novel of an ordinary mom going to extraordinary lengths for her daughter.  Open up SAVE ME, and save yourself with a great book." --Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Love You More

"From one shock to the next, only a mom's courage and love bring justice. Nerves on edge, heart pounding, and heart-wrenching, SAVE ME is thrilling and infused with love. Brilliant, I couldn't put it down." --Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author of Bury Your Dead

“A white-hot crossover novel about the perils of mother love.  Scottoline, shifts gears at every curve with the cool efficiency of a NASCAR driver.” --Kirkus Reviews

“At the quick pace of a thriller, Scottoline masterfully fits every detail into a tight plot chock-full of real characters, real issues, and real thrills. A story anchored by the impenetrable power of a mother’s love, it begs the question, just how far would you go to save your child?” --Booklist

"The Scottoline we love as a virtuoso of suspense, fast actionand intricate plot is back in top form in “Save Me.” --The Washington Post

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031238078X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; $9.99 Edition edition (April 12 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457X7U4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A "What If" Novel June 21 2011
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

If you enjoy the type of novels that want you to ask yourself the hard 'what if' or 'what would I do in this type of situation' questions, then you may find this novel interesting'at least for the first 8 or 10 chapters, because that is what this novel asks you to do. It tries to ask you to put yourself in a situation that may make you uncomfortable, unpopular and may even call you ethics into question.

Or, after ten chapters you may do like me and simply roll your eyes at the antics of the 'heroine' and want to call it a day. While the story could have been 'all that and a bag of chips' the stilted dialogue, unsympathetic characters, outlandishly unrealistic plot makes this a difficult read to take seriously or to even simply like. The plot is all over the place with no rhyme or reason, and some secondary stories just seem thrown in willy-nilly. For the life of me I cannot see why Ms Scottoline did things like this.. The main story of our heroine taking flak for supposedly saving her child above any other child, would have been sufficient to carry this book. The author chooses to throw in revelations that really had no bearing on the story and childish antics that has the heroine finding out that there was a nefarious plot going on to kill several people. Frankly, just the 'what if' idea was enough for an entire book.

Sadly, I expected so much more from an author of this caliber.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Feb. 7 2014
By saf
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Fast moving and descriptive. Images formed quickly and vividly Characters were strong yet vulnerable. Recommend this author and book. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy Lisa Scottoline Oct. 6 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The first book I read of hers, Look Again, I couldn't put down. This one was just as good. Always an unexpected twist with her novels. Made me think about the volunteer work I do myself. I will definitely read more of her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars save me Feb. 5 2012
First one of her books I read and I found it an easy read. I really enjoyed the book. But it sure makes you think about what you may take on next time you are asked to help out for something.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Every mom is an action hero." April 12 2011
By E. Bukowsky - Published on
Lisa Scottoline's "Save Me" is a domestic drama about a stay-at-home mom, Rose McKenna, who has a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Melly, from her first marriage, and a baby boy, John, from her second. Rose is unhappy about the teasing that Melly endures because of a prominent birthmark on her face. McKenna is determined to stop the bullying and, partly to keep an eye on her child, volunteers to be a "lunch mom" in school.

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.
49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars please no April 30 2011
By McKennaea - Published on
I have always loved Lisa Scottoline books. I picked this one up hardcover the moment I saw it. An overwhelming disappointment.
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.
45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RIDICULOUS! May 11 2011
By Renee Wadler - Published on
This seems to be my week to play the Grinch - After not commenting for months I have felt compelled to submit 2 negative reviews in one week. However, I must admit, "Save Me", makes the previous book I commented on seem a veritible prize winner.

"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.

Renee Wadler
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not her best April 15 2011
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on
Scottoline is at her best when writing about her women lawyer heroines, especially Mary DiNunzio. This time she introduces a lawyer's wife who defines herself mostly as a mom. Scottoline's writing is good enough to elevate the book above most mysteries written today. Still, I felt a disconnect. Some of the one-liners (like the 12-minute attention span of a kid or a mom on a mission) seemed better suited to the lawyers like Mary and Judy. Rose's detective work also seems more in character with Mary and Judy than with this suburban mother. The lawyers are like Sex and the City characters - fun and just this side of believable. we get to wait a whole year for the next book. And I have to admit I hope we get back to the originals. I realize authors want to branch out but hey, I'm just a reader here.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started strong.. ended weak... April 27 2011
By Samirosenjacken - Published on
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Full disclosure, I am a HUGE Lisa Scottoline fan. I have every book she's written in hard back, have met her several times at book stores and even grew up in the same home town. I could not wait to get this latest book. The storyline was strong at first and I found myself drawn to Rose and her situation. However, I found all the hatred aimed at her because of her so called "choice" a little unrealistic. As a mother, I could never see myself treating Rose the way all the mothers at the school did. Not one person gave her the benefit of the doubt. Not one person asked her side of the story yet they freely sent her hate email and flooded her facebook account with nasty comments? Before the fire, Rose never indicated her family wasn't welcomed into the community yet everyone jumped on the "Rose is evil" bandwagon. I had difficulty with all of that. As a mother, you can see having difficulty making a choice between your child and others. It's not really hard to put yourself in her shoes yet the storyline that none of these women could was unrealistic to me.

Her relationship with her husband also seemed like just filler. Leo served no real purpose in the story except for someone Rose could text. Her daughter was raised by him, yet she still called him by his first name. His wife was going through a major crisis and he was pretty much MIA. Even the diaglog between the two was emotionless. He talked about her being sued and possibly going to jail and maybe losing their home with as much passion as if he discussed taking out the trash. "Better get a laywer Babe we could lose everything... gotta run... bye."

Someone mentioned her "nancy drew antics" and I agree whole heartedly. Suddenly she becomes an ace detective and puts all these pieces together and somehow solves a major crime dating back 7yrs. Again, really hard to believe. The only part of the story that I found unique and captivating was about the peanut allergy and how the crime revolved around cross contamination and possibly killing innocent people who have a food allergy. As a mother of 2 peanut allergic children, and having gone to the Herrs factory and knowing all about cross contamination, it was right on the money. Her research was spot on and the dangers involved with using contaminated machinery is exactly how she described it. It was a cool storyline and one I did not anticipate. However, the fact this mom found it out all on her own with very little information to go on was just too much.

All in all... a decent read.. but disappointing. I'd suggest borrowing the book from a friend or a library before paying the money for it.
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