Save Yourself opening line: Patrick worked the day shift at Zoney’s GoMart one Wednesday a month: sealed into the vacuum-packed chill behind the convenience store’s dirty plate-glass windows, watching cars zoom by on the highway while he stood still.
What will you do to save yourself, and the one you love. Would you kill, report a killer or be killed? This book explores the world of very ordinary people whose lives converge because a child was killed. It deals with the horror of mental abuse, self mutilation, religious fervour and all-around stupor. It shows us that people, and even more so, teenagers, can be extremely cruel, that morals are only as good as the person who believes in them, and that actions have consequences.
I found parts of this book really good and interesting, and others not so much. The theme running through the book made it an OK read, but not an author I would keep my eye out for. The book took 5 years to write and I wonder if that length of time had an impact on how the story was told? I did not enjoy how the same day was covered from different perspectives as there was no continuation in the flow of the story. It took a few sentences for me to realize that the author had gone back in time by a few hours.
That being said, the story was good, but nothing special and I enjoyed the book enough to read it from cover to cover. Having studied Psychology, the mental issue themes were quite interesting.
First published in the United States by Crown Publishers in 2013
ISBN number 978-1-78239-323-8
Paperback – 310 pages
Disclosurer: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
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