D.J. Palmer – Saving Meghan

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When Becky Gerard gets an emergency call about her daughter Meghan, she’s willing to trespass all rules and regulations on board an airplane ready for take-off to California. It’s the start of an emotional hurricane packed with unexpected twists and actors in Saving Meghan.

Does Becky suffer from Münchausen by proxy? Meghan, the fifteen-year-old daughter for whom no conclusive diagnosis can be found, ends up with a promising doctor Zach may be faking her illness. Instead of a physical cause at the mitochondrial level, her symptoms may come from a psychological disorder as well. Carl, Becky’s husband for over twenty years, and widower of already one lost child is fighting in its own way to save the girl. The novel shows great insight into psychological patterns, credible hospital processes, legal procedures over child abuse, and many ways to fool the system. There’s a delicate balance between love and hate, faithfulness and betrayal, marriage and divorce, past and present. The narrative alternates between the main characters. The plot is set in the modern age of Facebook support groups, Facetime conversations, media coverage, and layman’s medical knowledge grabbed from internet searches versus more educated guesses by medical staff.

About the author

D.J. Palmer is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels, including Delirious and Desperate. After receiving his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer before turning his attention to writing. He lives with his wife and two children in New Hampshire where he is currently at work on his next novel.

I received a free review copy from the publisher, St. Martin’s press through Netgalley in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.