What I’m Reading: Saving Emma

I am a HUGE Allen Eskens fan. He is a Minnesota writer and often writes about the Twin Cities and Southern Minnesota. I love reading works for authors who are from the same places I grew up in and am familiar with. The books grab my attention so much more because I can picture it all easier.

On top of that, Allen Eskens can write a really good book and that was true of his latest book Saving Emma.

The book has two parallel stories going on. Sometimes that can be confusing but in this case, it was not. The story involves a lawyer (I always like lawyer stories) who has something going on personally and something professionally through his work with the Innocence Project. I guessed part of the ending early on but wasn’t positive that I was right until the end. I like stories like that. They keep me engaged and wanting to read more.

Here is what Amazon has to say:
“When Boady Sanden first receives the case of Elijah Matthews, he’s certain there’s not much he can do. Elijah, who believes himself to be a prophet, has been locked up in a psychiatric hospital for the past four years, convicted of brutally murdering the pastor of a megachurch. But as a law professor working for the Innocence Project, Boady agrees to look into Elijah’s file. When he does, he is alarmed to find threads that lead back to the death of his colleague and friend, Ben Pruitt, a man shot to death four years earlier in Boady’s own home.

Ben’s daughter, Emma, has lived with Boady and Boady’s wife Dee ever since that awful night. Now fourteen years old, Emma has been growing distant, and soon makes a fateful choice that takes her far from the safety of her godparents. Desperate to bring her home, and to free an innocent man, Boady must do all he can to investigate Elijah’s case while fighting to save the family he has deeply come to love.

Written with energy, propulsion, and his characteristic pathos and insight, Eskens delivers another pitch-perfect legal thriller that reveals a twisted murder and explores faith, love, family, and redemption along the way.

Amazon readers gave the book 4.5 stars. I would totally agree. The book kept my attention and had me wanting to stay up later so I could listen to more of it.

You can find the book HERE. If you would like to see reviews of other Allen Eskens books I’ve read, you can find them HERE. You don’t have to be from Minnesota to appreciate his books. They would be good for anyone who reads them.

9 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Saving Emma”

  1. This book sounds very interesting. I’d like to listen to it to see if I could also figure out the ending early on.

  2. Allen Eskens is on my book list after I stumbled on his first book!! I love that he says he isn’t all about a single character but a geographical location, and the stories that might come from it.

    1. YES!! I love him. I grew up in Southern Minnesota where he often writes about so it’s extra special to me.

  3. I’m always on the lookout for reading ideas and have picked up several new authors to follow based on your recommendations. This is another I will be checking out so thank you once again!

  4. Have you read The Only Woman in the Room? I just finished it and it’s really fascinating – the story of Heddy Lamar. She invented technology that is used in today’s cell phones – she hoped it would be used to guide torpedos in WWII.

  5. I’m particularly interested in your preference for audio books. My friend, Stuart Eagles, is sight impaired and so he too reads with his ears. He tells his story on page 26 of the March 2024 issue of the newsletter I edit. The link in my name opens the webpage in case you’re curious.

    1. The story Stuart Eagles shared made me stop and think about how fortunate I am to have good vision. Stuart’s story is one of courage and determination.

  6. My first Eskens book was The Heavens May Fall in 2019. I’ve read The Shadows We Hide, Nothing More Dangerous, The Stolen Hours, The Life We Bury, Saving Emma and just finished Forsaken Country. I think there are a couple more that I’ve been unable to find. I assume you’ve read some William Kent Krueger?

  7. Hey, on an unrelated note… does anyone know if the woman who makes the baby outfits is taking donated fabrics? I can’t remember her name and I don’t see her in the list. So maybe not? I’d like to be sure before I clear out the fabric. Thanks.

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