Released last week!
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review
SAVING MEGHAN – D.J. Palmer
I loved the holographic book mark that came with the book.
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars!
SAVING MEGHAN was a solid suspense story with a slower burn pacing – so definitely good to know before beginning! I really enjoyed the differing perspectives as we were desperately trying to figure out what’s wrong with Meghan. This was one hell of a ride and I was all for it.
Parents are always concerned when their child is sick, but what if doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong? Becky and Carl have taken their daughter, Meghan, to countless doctors to try and figure out what is happening to her. With as many misdiagnoses as doctors, they begin to lose hope. Carl finds a doctor that they think can finally help them, but what Dr. Zach brings to the table is even more troubling than any kind of sickness. The medical team believes that Meghan is suffering from Munchausen by Proxy – a mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care (U of M Health definition).
What’s scarier – a sick child with no cure in sight, or a parent potentially causing the illness? As you progress through the story you aren’t sure who to believe and who to be sympathetic to. Palmer does a great job giving us all these differing view points and keeping the reader on their toes. I personally enjoy when you have absolutely no idea who or what to believe throughout most of the book – it wasn’t until the last portion of the book that things began to really unfold!
As someone that doesn’t have kids I feel like it was a little harder to connect with the parents and what they were going through. If anything, I didn’t really sympathize too much with Becky. I do understand that this is an emotionally exhausting search for them, but I couldn’t connect with them like some other readers could. Overall though, I really enjoyed this read and I will keep an eye out for more from this author. I enjoyed the character development and the pacing of the story.