Saturday, April 16, 2011

Save Me - Review and Giveaway

Save Me
Save Me

by Lisa Scottline, St. Martin's Press, April 2011

Scottoline fans will enjoy this one; it is a good, suspenseful read.

Save Me, Lisa Scottline’s new thriller is a disturbing book! The story centers on one decision made in a  few short minutes by a young mother during a fire at her daughter’s school. Rose McKenna, a volunteer lunch monitor, interrupts a bullying incident and addresses it with the girls involved. At that moment a fire and explosion engulf the room. McKenna has choices to make, save the girls she is with or go and rescue her own daughter. She is able to work a compromise that seems successful. Without giving away too much of the story McKenna is vilified for her decisions. Throughout most of the story McKenna is unfairly judged, hounded, and denigrated by the community. Scottoline presented this scenario so realistically right down to the use of Facebook as a public humiliation forum that it made me cringe.

The plot is vintage Scottoline – fast moving, emotional and just slightly over the top. McKenna meekly responds to the community actions until she develops a spine and become the “action hero” mom. She is finally motivated to remove the suspicion and implied guilt from her family. She investigates the fire at the school and finds that it was not accidental. A strong thread though the story is the love of a mother for a child and how it drives her actions. The character descriptions, as always, are right on the money. With a well chosen phrase Scottoline is able to bring to life her characters.

The author has left behind downtown Philadelphia as her setting and moved to the suburbs for this story (as I think she has done in real life). I personally miss the Philadelphia scene; those descriptions were always right on the money. Scottoline fans will enjoy this one; it is a good, suspenseful read.

I have one copy of this book to give away.  If you'd like it take a look at the rules in the column just to the right of this post and leave you email address in the comments section.  The giveaway closes at midnight on April 24th.

I read a copy of this book provided by the author.


Carole said...

I am a follower - love your blog and love Lisa Scottoline. Would love to read this book.
(That's a lot of love :) )

If I leave my address here will it be public?

Kathy said...

most people write out all of the words in their email address to prevent spam. ex

Julie said...

I recently read a synopsis, closely followed by a review, of this title, which put it straight on my to-buy list. Your review just cements that decision! Thanks for the chance to win! I follow via GFC as jewelknits.


Elizabeth said...

New follower...

Stopping by from Cym Lowell's book review giveaway.

Please enter me in the giveaway.


John said...

Sounds like an interesting read! I am following you with GFC as ArtsyChaos.
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shelbers434 said...

I follow on gfc

Unknown said...

I think this book sounds like a fascinating, intriguing story. I have wanted to read one of Lisa Scottline's books for a while now & this would be a good start!

Thank you for the giveaway. Please include me. I subscribe to your blog via email (

~ Amy

RealtorSD said...

Sounds like a good book! I follow via GFC as Realtorsd
Sarah at

Unknown said...

Thanks and I follow GFC lisapeters at yahoo dot com thanks

Mainon said...

New follower (tehKillerKitten) and would love a chance to read this! Found you via goodreads.


Lori Johnston said...

I found your site through Book Blogs.
Sounds like a great book - - I'd love to be entered.
I'm a new follower.
Thanks for the opportunity!

~ Lori

The Book Heroine said...

Just found your blog from bookblogs. I am a new follower! This sounds like a good book.


Amy (ArtsyBookishGal) said...

This sounds like an amazing book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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