Rescue by Anita Shreve

Title:  Rescue

Author: Anita Shreve

Narrator:  Dennis Holland

Genre:  Fiction

Peter Webster rescues people for a living. One night he helps to save a woman involved in a car crash. Later he can’t stop thinking about her so,despite all obvious signs that she is trouble, he pursues a relationship with her. When Sheila tells him she’s pregnant with his baby he marries her. For a while it seems he really has saved her but then Sheila starts to fall back to old habits and becomes a danger to herself and their child. Flash forward several years: Rowan is seventeen and acting out. History seems to be repeating itself. Webster is afraid his daughter is becoming just like her mother. Will he be able to rescue Rowan?

Rescue would make a good book club selection because of  the discussion possibilities: Can people who don’t ask for help be saved when it seems they desperately need it? What might the ramifications be? Shreve works through those questions with her characters. While it’s not my favorite by the author I found it thought-provoking. I listened to the audiobook ably narrated by Dennis Holland.

Source:  My local library

20 thoughts on “Rescue by Anita Shreve

  1. Not sure this one would be on my wish list but at least you found it thought provoking. Have a good week, Mary and happy reading. Happy Father’s Day to Mr. “Bookfan”!

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  2. Her last few books seem to be going a bit down hill … think I’ll seek out a few more reviews to help weigh wether or not to read this one.

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    • Aww, we always remember our first, LOL. Mine was The School of Essential Ingredients! I haven’t named my Kindle though. I’ll have to give it some thought…

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  3. I’ve seen some mixed reviews on this one. It wasn’t one of my favorites and I usually enjoy her books. I think I just didn’t like the characters because I certainly like her writing style.

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  4. Shreve has been a favorite author of mine for ages but lately her books just don’t seem to have the same something they used to. I haven’t read this one yet and I’m not sure I will in the near future as I’ve heard pretty mixed reviews on it. I wish she’d get back to her old style of really drawing you into her novels.

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  5. I’ve heard this isn’t her best novel, and I thought the same about Testimony, but I plan to read it (hopefully soon) because I’m a big Anita Shreve fan. Sounds like it gives you a lot to think about, which is always good.

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  6. Shreve’s novels seem to be so poignant and emotional; lovely reads for when you want to feel for the characters. I have this one on my TBR shelf; I’m thinking I should move it to the top for my list of reads next month! 🙂

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  7. I do really like Shreve, but I’m not sure this one appeals to me much. I am hoping to work my way through all of her books, but this won’t be at the top.

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