Review: Saving Meghan

Saving Meghan Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I would give the first half of this book 3 stars; the next quarter, 3 1/2; the final quarter, 5. The reason is that it was billed as a thriller but there was nothing thrilling in the first half and it was only mildly suspenseful. But I was rewarded for sticking with it because the last quarter of the book had me on the edge of my seat and was so twisty I couldn't -- and didn't -- figure out who the bad guy was.

The story is about Becky and Carl Gerard and their 15-year-old daughter Meghan, who has a mysterious illness. After one flare up a doctor thinks he has the answer and begins treating Meghan. But then when she develops symptoms not consistent with that illness another doctor suggests Becky may have Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and, because of that Meghan is placed in a hospital psychiatric ward for teens and her care is turned over to Child Protective Services. Becky is so manipulative and unlikable (and we learn about her past and her manipulative mother) it's not hard to believe she could be using Meghan and/or making her sick. But we also get the feeling Becky isn't the only person who could be sick and/or guilty.

I didn't see the ending coming but, now that I know what it is, I should have seen it. When I finished I did say, "OK. That makes sense now" a couple of times.

As I said earlier, the first part of the book was just OK. But if you stick with it past page 200 you'll be glad you did. I was.

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