My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Medical thriller + courtroom drama + murder mystery = jam packed, exciting new thriller by D.J. Palmer!
The back of the ARC says “Can you love someone to death?” and this is the question at the heart of the story. Teenage Meghan has been “sick” for years. With many nondescript and vague symptoms, she has seen countless specialists in the pursuit of a diagnosis at the direction of her mother, Becky. But when Becky is accused of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, the question becomes, “Is Meghan really sick?” Or is her mother pursuing a diagnosis that doesn’t exist?
Munchausen syndrome by proxy has always fascinated me and I thought D.J. Palmer did a great job introducing it and giving the reader an idea of just how hard it is to diagnose. I found myself throughout the book unable to pick a side, wavering back and forth between believing Becky’s account of events and then getting on board with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). I imagine real Munchausen cases give people similar mixed feelings and precariousness, so I appreciated that Palmer wrote the book with an element of uncertainty.
I feel like the thriller genre is getting pretty saturated with the “same old, same old” type of story. Usually the titles begin with “The Woman [fill in the blank]” or “The Girl [fill in the blank],” and have an unreliable narrator. It is hard to find a story that is unique and different. And I think D.J. Palmer accomplished that. I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen as the story went on and didn’t feel like it was predictable. In fact, the ending really threw me for a loop so if you’re looking for a great twist, I would recommend this book.
Saving Meghan is a look at what it means to be a parent. What lengths would you go to for your child? How much is too much? How much adversity can a marriage take? What happens when your role as a spouse takes a backseat to your role as a parent? So many interesting social questions and one wile ride. This is a must read and would make a great buddy read!
-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, D.J. Palmer, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-