Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the advance copy of Saving Meghan. I told you guys in my last post I am behind, behind, behind on writing and posting reviews! I did actually read this BEFORE it’s release date and have spread it around to a few people at work. The consensus? Read this book!!
This story is told from 2 perspectives; the mother, Becky, and the daughter, Meghan. Meghan is sick, but no doctor can figure out what is wrong with her. Becky is convinced there is some underlying disease and no doctor can find it. Her husband starts to get fed up and thinks she may be making everything up.
Meghan gets sick, but only for quick periods of time. Anytime vitals are run on her after an episode (fainting, blacking out, etc) they come out fine. The doctors start to suspect it may be a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy and given Becky’s history with her mother, it may very well be the case.
Becky’s mother worked the system and faked illness in order to get money. She taught Becky how to lie and what to do as a child so she could catch a free ride. Maybe everyone is right and the mother is just making Meghan think she is sick…
A doctor listens to Becky and thinks that Meghan may actually have a serious rare illness. It happens to be the same serious rare illness his son died of and the hospital feels he over diagnoses. The testing to verify the illness is also difficult. Essentially, no one can determine for certain if she has this crippling, life-threatening disease.
The tale keeps weaving and eventually Becky and her husband lose custody of Meghan. Their relationship is tested as they try to get custody of her back. The doctor that gave Meghan a diagnosis is fired from the hospital, but decides to help Becky out and win custody back! He really feels he is right with his diagnosis.
Things get ugly. You will question everyone involved in this case. Ok, I am stopping here. This book gets JUICY and has a twist where your jaw will drop. Who saw it coming? I didn’t! It was a superbly told tale that will leave you not quite sure who to believe. I doubted myself so much as I read this book, flip flopping between what I thought was happening. For what it’s worth, I was way, way, WAY off with what was happening.
Originally I gave this a 4 star read, however, upon reflecting on this book, I feel it’s more of a 5 star in my eyes. I doubted everyone at one point or another in this book and I wasn’t really sure what was going on. I never liked, or was on one’s side long enough, because the author kept the pace that fast. Truly this is a wonderful book if you are a fan of thrillers! Have you read this one? What do you think??
Title: Saving Meghan
Author: D.J. Palmer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: April 9, 2019