Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

In Save Me, Lisa Scottoline tackles one of those scenarios that no mother ever wants to think about: having to choose another child over her own. When you’re trying to help out at school and disaster strikes, how will you respond? This is the question that is asked of Rose McKenna when she’s being Lunch Mom at her daughter, Melly’s, school and the cafeteria explodes and catches fire. In mere seconds, Rose has to decide how to save the girls in front of her – the same girls who moments before were bullying Melly – and then save Melly, who is trapped in the bathroom. Does she save her own daughter first? What happens if she saves the three girls first and Melly dies in the process?

Rose makes her decision quickly and is able to get all the girls out unharmed…or so she thinks. The ramifications of Rose’s actions start to come at her in the forms of accusations, hateful emails and Facebook posts, lawyers, threats of legal action, and sadness. Rose’s husband advises her to leave it alone and to stay out of the limelight, but Rose can’t let it go. She feels that she has to prove her innocence. In the midst of the turmoil, Rose uncovers a plot that makes her realize that the fire was in fact intentional. Can she prove it before anyone else dies?1

While Scottoline did a good job of creating scenes that the reader could easily visualize, Save Me as a whole was a little bland for me. The descriptions she provided during the fire were very vivid and imaginative. However, I felt a slight let-down with the fact that the story went from Rose fighting to defend her actions and win a legal battle to a crime/mystery novel where she became a “superhero” of sorts. Some of the things that Rose did (fake identity, sneaking in to buildings, beating up a bad guy) were not what you would expect from a stay-at-home mom.

Save Me was not at all what I expected and it really failed to keep my attention. The beginning of the story was promising and the book could have turned out to be a really great novel, but instead it turned into a make-believe “Mom saved the whole town” fairytale. While this was my first Scottoline novel and I was disappointed by it, I would be willing to try her work again based on her reputation of writing great books.

Rating: 2.5/5

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.