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HUGE thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my very own advance copy of The New Husband in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. This book is going to be released next month so pre-order it now because you will want to read this one!!!

“Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them,” is the PERFECT quote for this book. Nina’s husband goes missing and she discovers he was leading a double life. What a blow. Thankfully Simon comes in to the picture and sweeps her off her feet.

Nina has two children and Simon happens to work as a teacher at their school. Slightly awkward, but they manage to deal with it. Nina and Simon end up moving in together and because of this move, Nina is able to stay in town instead of moving away to live with parents.

Maggie, Nina’s daughter, has seen a dark side to Simon and is trying to convince everyone around her he’s just evil. I would give you some details on how she thinks he’s evil, but you’ll have to read the book. Will Nina end up marrying the controlling Simon? Will Glen’s double life come to haunt them? Oh what a tangled web we end up in…

This book was riveting! It kept me engaged until the very end. I will say I did have the book figured out quite early on (WHAT?!? ME?!?!), but despite that, oh my goodness…this was such a GOOD book! Twists and turns around every corner, it all slowly piles up until BOOM SHAKA LAKA! I found myself in Maggie’s corner and rooting for her, she is quite the likable teenager! I only wish Nina’s friends did a little bit more than they did, but this is a work of fiction so let’s hope in real life they would have!

4 stars.  I found myself holding my breath for the last part of the book as my heart was racing 90 miles a minute. Palmer has done it again with another amazing thriller. I hope you all get the opportunity to read this one!

Details

Title: The New Husband

Author: DJ Palmer

Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: April 14, 2020

Find it here on Goodreads

Book Review: Saving Meghan

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??

 

Details

Title: Saving Meghan

Author:  D.J. Palmer

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon