Saturday, January 7, 2012

Book Review: Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten

Title: Saving Max 
Author: Antoinette van Heugten
Genre: Thriller
Subject: Murder, Family bonds, Autism
Publisher: Mira
Release date: September, 2010
Length: 376 pages
I got this book: Through Bookcrossing

From Goodreads:
"Max Parkman—autistic and whip-smart, emotionally fragile and aggressive—is perfect in his mother's eyes. Until he's accused of murder.
Attorney Danielle Parkman knows her teenage son Max's behavior has been getting worse—using drugs and lashing out. But she can't accept the diagnosis she receives at a top-notch adolescent psychiatric facility that her son is deeply disturbed. Dangerous.
Until she finds Max, unconscious and bloodied, beside a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death.
Trapped in a world of doubt and fear, barred from contacting Max, Danielle clings to the belief that her son is innocent. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her son really a killer?
With the justice system bearing down on them, Danielle steels herself to discover the truth, no matter what it is. She'll do whatever it takes to find the killer and to save her son from being destroyed by a system that's all too eager to convict him."

Personal opinion:
I have to admit that thrillers aren't really my genre, but it sounded interesting and I often do read fiction and non-fiction about autism. I hoped that I would learn about what went on in Max' head while he did or didn't commit the murder. Nothing of that though. The book was entirely about his mother's life, at least up until the point where I quit reading, and Max does play a huge part in that, but it isn't so much about how Max feels then all the things that his mother struggles with. This book had all the ingredients of one of those cheese romance thrillers. She meets someone while she is in a hotel near Max' location, and THE most cheap sex scene follows. Then of course the mystery guy turns out to be the lawyer that will defend Max later on. In the meantime the mother also tries to save her own career as a lawyer. All in all it was a lot of clichés, and nothing of what I hoped it would be. This is the worst book that I have read in 2011 for sure.

I hated it.

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