Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Review: Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten

Goodreads: What would a loving mother not do for her child?

Lawyer Danielle Parkman is at her wits' end. Her son Max, a whip-smart teen with high-functioning autism, has always
been a handful. But lately he's shutting down, using drugs and lashing out - violently.

Desperate, Danielle brings Max to a top-flight psychiatric facility for a full assessment. But rather than reassurance, Danielle receives an agonizing diagnosis describing a deeply damaged, dangerous boy - one she's never met.

Then Danielle finds Max unconscious and bloodied at the feet of a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death. A fiercely protective mother instinct rears its head - and Danielle is arrested as an accessory to the heinous crime.

In a baffling netherworld of doubt and fear, barred from contacting her son, Danielle clings to the thought of Max's innocence. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her baby boy really a killer?

With the justice system bearing down on them both, Danielle steels herself to discover the truth - no matter how horrifying. It's a path well on the wrong side of the law. But only finding the true killer will absolve her from having to choose between her son and her soul

Kritters Thoughts: What a fantastic read! I was absolutely hooked on this book in the middle of moving and all - I could not put it down. I loved the thriller/mystery aspect and the story had no moments that were dull, the suspense lasted throughout the whole book.

A story of a mom fighting with everything she has, plus more, for her son that she believes in without a shadow of doubt. I loved hearing what lengths she would take to find and share the truth. And what an ending - I will not even begin to spoil it. I couldn't. It is crazy how people are just not what they seem to be. I wonder how often people in real life present themselves one way, but at home behind closed doors are completely different.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book. I would pass it along to anyone I walked by - I think this book would be universally enjoyed by many different kinds of readers.

Rating:absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Pages: 400

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