Review – Save Me
“Save Me” by Lisa Scottoline is an entertaining read. It tells the story of Rose, a stay-at-home mom whose daughter Melissa has a large birthmark on her face. Melly is very self-conscious about the birthmark since her classmates frequently tease her about it.
Rose volunteers at Melly’s school as a lunch mom. She sees three girls bullying Melly and reprimands them. Then an explosion occurs in the cafeteria and everyone is forced to evacuate. Rose leads the three girls she was reprimanding to the nearest exit and then goes to rescue her daughter who fled to the school washroom. While Rose is helping Melly, one of the girls rushes back into the school and is badly injured. Rose is blamed for it since she was supervising the girl when the explosion occured.
Rose agonizes over her role in the girl’s injuries. She tries to discover the source of the fire and uncovers a conspiracy that goes all the way to the state senator. The plot in this part of the book seems a bit unbelievable, although I found it intriguing.
Rose is a likeable and empathetic character. The birthmark bullying story is compelling and could be a good story on its own.
But “Save Me” is not jurisfiction after all. The legal aspects of the story were minor, not part of the central plot. However, reading the book has helped me clarify the definition of jurisfiction: fiction with a legal theme that is central to the plot.