April is also Autism Awareness Month, so I thought I’d share this review for Saving Max by Antoinette Van Heugten. This title was recommended to by another avid reader who said this novel was a page-turner and as I finished it in less than a day, I’d heartily agree. Saving Max deals with single mom, Danielle Parkman whose teenage son Max, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, has just been accused of violently murdering another mental patient at the treatment facility he has been placed in due to suicidal thoughts. How far does a mother go to clear her son of murder?
Author Van Heugten has done her research on the autism spectrum and delivers a realistic portrayal of the frustrations and worries of parenting an autistic child and also the unbreakable bond between mother and son in the fight of their lives. Danielle clearly has an uphill battle in front of her as the evidence clearly points to her son as the murderer. Van Heugten weaves a suspenseful thriller that keeps readers guessing and on the edge of their seats.
Watch the book trailer here: