Top critical review
Dark and detached real-world novel
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2014
Starting just after the main character is raped, John Meany’s Save Me introduces a woman hoping to save her own life and her unborn child’s, while threatened by a cartoonishly evil duo of bad guys. But some bad guys really are just that bad, and, despite lots of backstory, the tale holds the reader’s attention well as Ashley struggles to survive.
In later scenes the writing becomes more detached and stilted, perhaps mirroring Ashley's confusion of creativity with despair. Soon she’s spiraling into depression and addiction, and haunted by ghosts, while her mother looks after the baby. The greatest threat Ashley needs saving from now may be herself.
The casually detached writing style keeps readers well-protected from the character’s pain, lending a sense almost of voyeurism to the tale. But there’s an underlying romance, plus lots more characters and themes to explore, while success and salvation both prove easier than they seem by story’s end.
Disclosure: I bought this when it was free.