Monday, June 20, 2011

Save Me - Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 384
Genre: Adult Realistic Fiction
Source: Received a copy from LibraryThing
If faced with an event where you were given the choice of saving your own child or the children in front of you, what would you do?  I hope I never have to find out.  In the book Rose is a very caring mother.  She cares for her daughter Melly  so much that she has moved her to a new school because her daughter was constantly being bullied.  Melly carried a port wine birthmark on her cheek.  It made her the target of many kids.  To try to stop this Rose volunteers at the school in hopes of stopping this bullying.  She is in the cafeteria and watches Amanda Gigot smear jelly on her cheek to make fun of Melly.  Melly flees into the restroom in tears.  Rose decides to talk with Amanda and the other girls.  It is at this moment in time that there is an explosion in the kitchen across from the restroom where her daughter is.  Now she must decide whether she should get her kid out and abandon the girls in front of her or get them to safety and then go back for her daughter.  Rose decides to usher the girls into the hallway and to the door and then go back for her daughter.  She manages to get her daughter out and is being called a hero until they realize Amanda is inside and is severely injured.  Now people are accusing her of leaving other children inside and taking care of her own.  Rose goes on a trip to find the cause of the explosions and finds herself in places she should not be trying to tie together everything she is learning.  This was one of those books that kept you on the edge of your seat throughout.  I really enjoyed the story.  At times I felt that the author threw too much into the mix that made the mother seem like she was someone who was super-human.  All in all, I can definitely recommend this book to everyone.

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