Book Review – “Rescue” by Anita Shreve

rescue  Title:  Rescue

Author:  Anita Shreve

Synopsis (from

Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a car wreck that should have killed her. Sheila Arsenault haunts his thoughts, and despite his misgivings Peter is soon embroiled in an intense love affair—and in Sheila’s troubled world.

Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off course, and for the first time in their quiet life together Peter fears for her future. He seeks out the only person who may be able to help Rowan, although Sheila’s return is sure to unleash all the questions he has carefully been keeping at bay: Why did a mother leave her family? How did the marriage of two people so deeply in love unravel?

A story about trespass and forgiveness, secrets and the seismic force of the truth, Rescue is a masterful portrayal of a family trying to understand its fractured past and begin again.

My thoughts:  This book feel a bit flat for me.  It was ok but certainly not fantastic in my opinion.  This is the first book that I read by Anita Shreve as my book club chose it for our July read and I’m not sure this book is a true representation of how great Anita Shreve can be from what I’ve heard and read.

This book is an extremely fast read, no doubt about that.  However, in term of substance, it just felt lacking.

And don’t get me started on the end.  Not to spoil the book for anyone, but it just felt a little too abrupt and neatly wrapped up with a bow for me at the end.  I am sure life could happen this way, but it was too neat and tidy!

I will definitely give Anita Shreve a try again in the future, but I hope it gets better than this.

If you are looking for a very, very fast beach read or travel read – this would fit the bill.

Any suggestions out there for me in terms of what Anita Shreve book would give me a good representation of her writing?

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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