Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer


3.5/5 stars


Fiction – Thriller

Goodreads Summary

Can you love someone to death? 

Some would say Becky Gerard is a devoted mother and would do anything for her only child. Others claim she’s obsessed and can’t stop the vicious circle of finding a cure at her daughter’s expense. 

Fifteen-year-old Meghan has been in and out of hospitals with a plague of unexplained illnesses. But when the ailments take a sharp turn, doctors intervene and immediately suspect Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare behavioral disorder where the primary caretaker, typically the mother, seeks medical help for made-up symptoms of a child. Is this what’s going on? Or is there something even more sinister at hand?


This was a highly anticipated 2019 thriller for me! I have been super fascinated and intrigued by Munchausen syndrome by proxy for years. I remember watching a special on TV a few years back and being appalled by this mental illness that is also a form of child abuse.

This book was very twisty and I wasn’t sure who to believe for the majority of it, which made it fun. Both the mother, Becky, and the daughter, Meghan, seemed reliable yet crazy at the same time. I love a book that can keep me guessing and changing my theory throughout it. While I did suspect the ending a bit, it was still really wild and surprising. The main thing I didn’t enjoy is just how far-fetched things seemed to get toward the end. For me, it was a little too unbelievable and action-packed.

However, I can imagine that most of you will really enjoy this book! I loved the unique premise of it, which can be difficult to accomplish with a thriller now since it seems like everything has already been done. I would absolutely recommend you read this one! I would love to hear what you think!

Available April 9th!


Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and D.J. Palmer for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Daniel Palmer’s website

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