I finished Saving Max the other night. This books scores a perfect 5/5 on my rating scale for several reasons. The first reason is that it scores perfectly on the “OH NO SHE DIDN’T!” and “DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?!?!!??” scale with a timeline that increasingly builds to the final outcome. It has a perfect thriller timeline and layout.
Another reason this book scores a 5/5 for me is because I personally relate to it. The main character in this book is admitted into a psychiatric hospital. Throughout the book, we see what happens in the hospital. We see how patients are treated and a mother’s reaction to her son’s diagnosis with psychosis and depression. The author shows the stigma given to those who go to these institutions. She creates an awareness of how people’s reactions to these places is completely wrong. As one who is currently dealing with psychiatrists and therapists, I see this firsthand in my life. I very much appreciated the author being honest about the feelings of being in these institutions and stigma the public places on it.
Let’s move on to the plot of this book. Throughout the book, the reader follows a woman whose son (that has autism and violent/suicidal tendencies) is blamed for a very gruesome murder that took place at the psychiatric institution he was a resident at. The mother tries to do what is best for her son and prove that Max is innocent- which means having to find another murder suspect. The only problem is, all evidence clearly points to Max as the murderer. This makes her quest to prove Max’s innocence much harder. She finally comes to the point where she has to stand back and ask herself, “Is my son really a murderer? And how far can I lie to get him out of jail if he really is?”
I did some research and found out that the author is in the works of writing a sequel to the book. It is to be titled as Finding Marianne. I cannot WAIT for this book to be finished because it will answer the question that has been on my mind ever since I finished the book yesterday: WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO MARIANNE?!?!??!?!??!!?
****This book is not for the faint of heart. There are very graphic scenes. The final scene was one in which I could not even read fully without choking up in tears. There are also many, many triggers in the book that can set one into a depressive state (if you are prone to this). I do believe it triggered some of my nightmares and depression feelings, but it was worth it because the book was just that good.