Save Me

Save Me

by Lisa Scottoline
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Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

"Each staccato chapter adds new and unexpected turns, so many you could get whiplash just turning a page. Scottoline knows how to keep readers in her grip." -The New York Times Book Review

Nobody could have foreseen what would happen the day that Rose McKenna volunteers in the cafeteria of her daughter's elementary school. Rose does it to keep a discreet eye on her third-grader, Melly, a sweet, if shy, child who was born with a facial birthmark that has become her own personal bull's-eye. Melly has been targeted by the mean girl at their new school and gets bullied every day, placing Rose in a no-win position familiar to parents everywhere. Do we step in to protect our children when they need us, or does that make things worse?

When the bully starts to tease Melly yet again, Rose is about to leap into action-but right then, the unthinkable happens. Rose finds herself in a nightmare, faced with an emergency decision that no mother should ever have to make. Would she sacrifice another mother's child to save her own? What she decides in that split second derails Rose's life and jeopardizes everything she holds dear-her family, her marriage-and even her own life...

"A white-hot crossover novel about the perils of mother love."-Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410436115
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 700
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

LISA SCOTTOLINE is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award—winning author of twenty-one novels. She has served as the President of Mystery Writers of America, and her recent novel Look Again has been optioned for a feature film. She is a weekly columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and her columns have been collected in four books and optioned for television. She has 25 million copies of her books in print in the United States, and she has been published in thirty countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth:

July 1, 1955

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981

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Save Me 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 433 reviews.
Cecita More than 1 year ago
I thought the moral dilemma posed fascinating. I also thought the book would deal with the consequences of the protagonist's choice. And it started to deal with that but then it became about a woman solving some movie-like plot from a big mean corporation. That storyline sounded fake to me; that a regular mom would outwit both the police department and the FBI? She would outwit assassins? Come on! The aftermath of her decisions would have been so gripping! What about the ending??? Everything's great? Everyone's happy? Please! To sum up, it posed an interesting question but then went a different, disappointing way. I suppose that's what bothered me the most: I was disappointed. I wish I hadn't spent $20 on it!
TaraO More than 1 year ago
The only saving grace was that I read this in store, and I didn't have to pay for it. I cannot remember any of her other books being so poorly written, I was cringing at points. While I liked the premise, I am not a fan of the writing or the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on the description, I thought this would be a book that dealt with a real issue that could happen today, but very disappointed to find it was another "whodunit" book with a mother running around the state fighting crime. I did not bother to finish...
TheReadersCove More than 1 year ago
Crucial Seconds, Unforeseen Consequences.. Life's critical situations come without warning, forcing us to choose quickly. What seemed the right choice then may appear different the next day. When Rose regains consciousness, finding the lunchroom at school in flames, who will she choose to save, the dazed and injured children near by or her daughter trapped in the restroom? The cost of this decision will forever change her life. Chapter by chapter Roses' unspoken past influences her choices and endangers her marriage and family relationships. The outcome finds her on shaky ground with a battle she must fight to win. Lisa's characters come alive from page one. You will see the action, hear the danger and feel the story. Save Me will captivate your heart.
ZoegirlSA More than 1 year ago
I thought this was very poorly developed. I've not read any other L. Scottoline novels and probably won't. It read as a child's attempt to create a story where the heroine combats evil but it was unbelievable in so many ways. I was very disappointed in the novel and was glad to finish it to move on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. This one seemed too far fetched. Title character had no allies. Too many other plots intertwined together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soccer-mom to Wonder-Woman in a few short days! Pretty unbelievable premise, outrageous plot , and sophomoric rhetoric. Along with the misspellings and grammatical errors, I found this one to be an insult to my intelligence. Authors lose their credibility in a heartbeat when they do this. Lunch-room mommy of shy kid saves the day by solving a brutal murder plot by giant conglomerate!! How soap-opera is that? Honestly, I wish I'd saved my money. Never again; I will stick to Turow and Grisham. In a word: inane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently picked this one up from the library and I'm happy to say I didn't pay for it. While the initial moral issue posed in the very beginning was interesting. However it turned from a story about relationship between child and mother into a ridiculously overdone, unrealistic story about crime and murder. Think something along the line of lunch mom gone CSI within three hours. It seemed as though the author lost her train of thought in the middle of the book and the whole thing was very extreme. Another thing was the poor writing. The author relied on several phrases throughout the book that the repetition became annoying. To name a few, "on the fly.." "fed the car gas.." "chirped it unlocked..". I also noticed she was over descriptive. For example, every time she got in the car, we had to know that she started the engine, pressed the gas, backed out, and zoomed out of the parking lot. Really now? Overall, this novel was a bust. I'm telling you don't waste your time or money.
bookit101 More than 1 year ago
Weak plot, no character depth, contrived situations right until the end. More for upper elementary school girls who might enjoy a story with childish HAPPY ENDING. Unrealistic. Repetitive phrasing. I hope not read the words, "ON THE FLY" or "HIT THE GAS" again. Weak editing. (why would a pony seem immensely large to Rose). Most disappointing Lisa Scottoline book read. Was it written by a ghost writer? She usually never disappoints, but this novel did. Hope there is no sequel.
SuperMomof4Ks More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this book. I was excited to see where the author took the main character and the fall out of such a monumental decision. It started well, and then just fell apart. The main character was weak, indecisive, and too concerned with what the other's around her thought. The story was nothing like the synopsis, I ended up feeling cheated as I thought I bought a drama/tear jerker type story and ended up with a "big corporations are evil/conspiracy" type story. I was glad when it was over and sorry that I spent more than $5 on it.
Colleen Friend More than 1 year ago
Not written or edited as well as her other books. I preordered this book and was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good idea but poorly organized. Lines in the story were repetitive. Parts of the story line were a waste. The use of time in the book didn't seem workable. Why would you use car accidents three times in a story as a means to kill off characters ( the little boy, the carpentar and friend, her ex husband)? How many times can you use the line," she fed the car some gas." The character Kristen Canton was pathetic, as a teacher, I can tell you she did not seem believable. Lisa Scottoline, I love your Philadelphia Inquirer articles but your books are very disappointing. I have read two and I'm not reading another one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never buy a book without reading the reviews but since I am a Scottoline fan, I did so this time. Mistake! I read them AFTER I purchased it. I agree with all the bad reviews. The first half just made me angry and the second half was such a ridiculous premise I thought about not finishing it. Totally unbelievable tripe.
demonangel More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be about bullying and what would you do in this situation? The book went from realistic to so far fetched within a short time frame. The mom went from ordinary woman to super detective without blinking an eye. What? Normal people would have never figured out this plot unless they were really into conspiracy theories and have a photographic memory. She just happened to remember seeing the big security guard? Yeah right!! And she solved the crime, made friends with everyone and found some self esteem along the way all within a week. Save your money!! There are better books out there.
DewDap More than 1 year ago
I really had to force myself to finish this. I was intrigued by the premise and couldn't wait to get it. It started weak and then went into weird detective mode. The whole thing was unbelievable and not up to Scottoline standards. The story was nothing like the synopsis. I was expecting a tear jerker and got what i wanted because I cried thinking I wasted money on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is not believable. Poorly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Rose Mckenna, a school lunch mom, had a daughter with a unusaul birth mark. Amanda, a girl who bullies Roses daughter Melly, was bullying her. Melly ran to the bathroom. Rose had a little talk with Amanda. While talking, a huge explosion happened in the cafeteria. Will Rose save her daughter or Amanda? Read this exciting story to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Just read the sample and i was hooked!!! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable and poorly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was an okay story.  I felt like it took forever to progress then all of a sudden everything happened at once and it was over.  Some parts of it I found a little annoying.
LaurenGilmore More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning, this book has me captured. From the simple title of Save Me to the moral issue intertwined within the plot! At first, I was unsure of who needed saving, but eventually one can catch on! This is the first time I have read a book by this author and although I couldn't compare to previous novels, I felt as if this one was great! It really entranced me in a way, and made me keep turning the pages! So much so that I finished it within a matter of days! The plot revolves around a school fire and the moral decision one mother, and main character, Rose McKenna must make! Save the children in front of her or go and save her daughter who had previously run off to the bathroom? Rose has to make a decision that I hope I will never have to make! But while reading, I did find myself asking, "What would I do?" "Who would I save?" This texts leads readers to investigate within themselves some big questions that arise! I also really enjoyed a certain text feature of this Scottoline novel! There is a word that gets repeated often and I thought I knew what it was all about, but it is not until later that I realize I was wrong! It was something totally different! Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was a good, quick read and the intensity remained constant throughout the novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books! When you start to read this, make sure you have time because you will never want to put this book down!!! Scottoline really knows how to keep you at the edge of your seat! I cant wait to read more of her books. :) i loved this one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. Emotional, Mysterious, and Thought Provoking.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Bullying, and shining a spotlight thereon, is heralded as the reason this novel was written, but it plays such a minor role in the story that one wonders why it is even raised, except perhaps for the widespread publicity attendant to the subject. It does occupy, along with much extraneous and superfluous background, about the first half of the book. It is not until this reader got past that point that a modicum of interest arose. The plot is a mishmash of twisted lines. It begins with a fire in a newly opened elementary school, in which three persons are killed and two young children injured, one of whom is the young victim of the bullying, the eight-year-old daughter of Rose McKenna. Rose, serving as a lunch mom, saves two girls (one of them the bully), ushering them toward an exit, and returns through the fire to save her daughter, who is locked in the bathroom, emerging initially as a &ldquo;hero,&rdquo; but then criticized when it is learned that the bully was injured in the fire (how? It seems she returned to get something she had left behind) and Rose is accused of ignoring her in favor of her own daughter. Faced with civil and criminal charges, Rose undertakes to discover the reason for the fire (officially attributed to accidental causes) when she suspects foul play. This leads to further action, somewhat beyond belief. The novel is carefully constructed and well-written, but somehow doesn&rsquo;t fulfill its purpose, since, essentially, it is a murder mystery, but so overloaded with superfluous subplot that it becomes burdensome to read. The author usually writes legal thrillers which I have found to be so much better, and I for one hope she returns to that milieu.
CherieReads More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. I finished it in hopes that it would get better but I was disappointed. The premise - that a mother has to make a split second decision about whether to save her own child or someone else's and the consequences of that decision - was interesting and had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, that potential is never realized. The problems? 1 - The dialogue is many times cheesy and unrealistic. I found myself rolling my eyes quite often throughout the entire book. Especially the scenes between Rose and Leo. 2 - The chapters are very short which irritated me. I suppose the author used this style to try and ramp up the suspense but in reality it just irritated me. Just when things were getting good the chapter would end. It made for some choppy reading instead of a smooth buildup of suspense. 3 - The characters were not believable. Many of them were very one dimensional - Leo (the husband), Melly (the daughter), Eileen (the other girl's mother), the lawyer and others. They all played a very specific role in the advancement of the plot - and that's all. They were never developed enough to be believable people to me and much of their personalities seemed cliched to me. Rose herself was a little ridiculous. She was very wishy washy. At first she's the assertive mother lion, then she becomes this jellyfish and then she becomes a superhero. If there had been good character development that showed the character's personal progression through these stages it would have been ok, but as written she seems to almost have multiple personalities. 4 - The story starts out as one thing and then turns into something different altogether. The first half of the book is about Rose's dilemma (as described in the book's description) and how she must deal with the fallout - other people's perceptions of her, the media, legal issues, etc. This part of the book was interesting despite the flaws above. And then, the second half of the book is something completely different. We no longer hear about the lawsuits or criminal aspects of the story. We no longer see anything about how she deals with the new public perception of her. Instead, this turns into a bad mystery novel where the main character goes off on her own to solve a completely unbelievable mystery - why the fire happened in the first place. The circumstances that are revealed are ridiculous to say the least. This book is trying too hard to be too many things: a commentary on bullying, an emotional drama about an impossible decision, a Nancy Drew style mystery. It succeeds at none of them. I give it 2 stars because there were some parts (the first few chapters in particular) that held my interest and it was not bad enough for me to stop reading. Some entertainment can be had with this book if you are aware of its failings and are able to overlook them and suspend your belief for a little while. If you are looking for a real drama, look to Jodi Picoult or others. If you are looking for a serious mystery, look elsewhere. If you want a somewhat cheesy but maybe entertaining read continue with this one.