Saving Meghan

Saving Meghan

by D.J. Palmer

Overview: Some would say Becky Gerard is a devoted mother and would do anything for her only child. Others, including her husband Carl, 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, clashing medical opinions begin to raise questions about the puzzling nature of Meghan’s illness. Doctors suspect Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare behavioral disorder where the primary caretaker 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?

As the Gerards grow more and more suspicious of each other and their medical team, Becky must race against time to prove her daughter has a deadly disease. But first, she must confront her darkest fears and family secrets that threaten to not only upend her once-ordered life…but to destroy it.

 

Martha Lawton (04/21/19): Saving Meghan reads like something out of the Newspaper. A girl, sick seemingly with vague symptoms is at the crux of the story. Her mother, Becky Gerard, is all over it. She is constantly looking for more information trying to find an explanation as to why her daughter is so sick. Everything is so vague. No one seems to know what is going on. Her husband, Carl seems to feel his wife, Becky is over reacting. Finally, she finds a Dr. Fisher, a man who specializes mitochondrial disorder, and matches all the vague symptoms. Then Munchausen by proxy was suggested and everything changes.

The chapters change with the speaker and reading Meghan’s chapters about how she feels like her body is shutting off one switch at a time was really eerie. I found myself finding everyone guilty at one point or another and was positive a couple of times that I was totally right only to be wrong. The twists did keep me interested although I felt the book was too wordy in other places. Saving Megahn by D. J. Palmer was a ride of a read.

Rating: ****

Carole Zwicker (04/18/19): Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer is a medical drama injected with many twists and turns . Fifteen-year-old Meghan is the daughter of Becky and Carl Gerard. For years she has been plagued by mysterious illnesses which have baffled numerous physicians and divided her parents when it comes to deciding what to do. When her health deteriorates further, doctors and social workers begin to suspect Becky of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, meaning that the parent makes her child sick on purpose to gain attention and admiration. What could be the cause of Meghan's ill health? Just when the reader thinks the mystery is solved, something or someone else moves the story into another direction. Saving Meghan will keep you entertained and guessing until the last page.
Rating: ****

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