Friday, August 19, 2011

Beginning ~ in the school cafeteria

Save Me ~ by Lisa Scottoline, 2011, fiction (Pennsylvania), 9/10
Rose McKenna stood against the wall in the noisy cafeteria, having volunteered as lunch mom, which is like a security guard with eyeliner.
We know something's going to happen in the cafeteria -- and it does!  Wow, does it ever!  Here's a snippet from page 5:
Suddenly, something exploded in the kitchen.  A searing white light flashed in the kitchen doorway.  Rose turned toward the ear-splitting boom!  The kitchen wall flew apart, spraying shards of tile, wood, and wallboard everywhere.

A shockwave knocked Rose off her feet.  A fireball billowed into the cafeteria.

And everything went black and silent.
I've already finished the book and want to share another couple of quotes:
From page 328:  Her heart started to hammer from exertion and fear.  She was a mom, not an action hero.  Then she realized something:  Every mom is an action hero.

From page 232:  They'd had some of their best talks in cars, and she knew other moms felt the same way.  All across the country, kids were captive when that door locked, and cars became family therapy on wheels.
A book club could have a great discussion of this excellent book, which has surprising twists throughout.  I've given it a rating of 9 out of 10.

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Tea said...

Wow, that's a powerful and hair raising beginning. Thanx.

Helen's Book Blog said...

9 out of 10? That's a great score and makes this book very tantalizing

Between The Lines said...

Wow, that's adrenaline filled! It sounds like something a bit new and different from what else is out there at the moment, so I'd be interested in reading it to find out what it's like. Sounds good!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I absolutely LOVED this book...and I like that excerpt about cars being family therapy on wheels. I've found this to be very true!


The Book Gatherer said...

Love the mention of the eyeliner! This books sounds great - thanks for the extra snippet. The beginning wouldn't nearly have been enough!

mostraum said...

Great beginning, and I love the other qoutes too.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I thought this book sounded very good so I put it on my wishlist. Then I saw a few unfavorable reviews for it. I am glad to see you liked it. I think I'll go with my original thoughts and your good review and give this book a try.