It’s hard to believe the same Anita Shreve who gave us the luminous “Testimony” also wrote “Rescue.”
The new book has a stale plot and characters who rate no more than a small blip on the reader’s radar.
Peter Webster, a rookie paramedic with big dreams, works a single vehicle crash, saving the life of Sheila Arsenault, a troubled young woman who has a hard time passing up adult beverages.
Fast forward about nine months and find Peter and Shelia with their newborn daughter, Rowan. At first the bliss of parenthood is enough to placate Sheila, but only for so long. As the days pass in numbing sameness, she reacquaints herself with the bottle, with near disastrous results.
Fast forward again to single parent Peter trying to cope with Rowan’s inevitable teenage rebellion.
Of course, a crisis comes and Rowan’s mother comes back to help out.
There’s nothing new here. The plot and characters have been done before. There’s nothing to sink your teeth into, the characters are forgettable and there’s not one thing to justify spending your spare time here.
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