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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  6,404 ratings  ·  1,971 reviews
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 i
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read

15-year old, Meghan Gerard, is a very sick girl. At least, that is what her mother tells everyone. A mother wouldn't lie about the health of her child, would she?

Certainly not.

Becky keeps insisting there is something wrong with Meghan, but after numerous specialists, and countless tests, no definitive diagnosis can be determined.

In fact, Becky's track record on dragging Meghan to a million different doctors has begun to attract attention.

One doctor in particular, calls her out on it. Dr. Nash,
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases

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After reading the description for this novel, I couldn’t wait to read it!

“Saving Meghan” opens as forty-eight-year-old Becky Gerard is boarding a flight to Los Angeles. When the flight attendant asks everyone to turn off their phones and other electronic devices, Becky wonders if she’s made a mistake. She can’t turn off her phone; it’s her only connection to her fifteen-year-old daughter, Meghan. She didn’t want to leave Meg
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
Meghan is a 15 year-old girl who had it all. A loving family, successful at school and a star soccer player. But all that came to a grinding halt when mysterious, unexplained symptoms begin to plague her. Suddenly she was shuffled from one doctor to the next. Multiple tests and scans.
Unfortunately, even surrounded by the best medical care, it’s impossible for anyone to put their finger on an actual diagnosis. One doctor believes it could be a rare genetic disease, another thinks it could be
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becky Gerard, mother of fifteen year old Meghan, is a liar and manipulator, something she learned to be as a very young child, when her mother made her lie and manipulate doctors so her mother could get disability payments. That life haunted Becky, living with a mother whose only effort was put into cheating doctors and the government for money. Now 48, Becky wants to tell her mother how she feels about the way her mom brought her up, but also wants to tell her she forgives her, even if she's no ...more
Susanne  Strong
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.25 Stars

What’s wrong with Meghan Gerard?

Medical test after medical test come back clear and yet Meghan is sick! Cramping, fever, fatigue and muscle spasms, etc. Her mom Becky is sure that it’s something serious and she won’t stop till Meghan is diagnosed! Is it real or psychosomatic? Even Meghan isn’t sure at this point! Experts wonder if it’s Munchausens by proxy or Mito disease.

Becky Girard is something else - is it devotion or detriment? Is Meghan sick? Who or what will you believe? Your
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A Mother Is..

Your best friend

Your biggest fan

But.. is she also your worst nightmare ?

Is it possible to love someone too much? Becky certainly doesn't think so. Her daughter Meghan is her whole life, her world. Meghan has also been suffering from a serious illness, an illness no doctor has been able to diagnose or detect. And the symptoms.. let's just say they are mildly convenient. Becky is motivated, no obsessed, with treating her daughter. With fixing her daughter. Is t
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer is a thriller that tackles the question of how far a mother will go for her child and is there such a thing as too far?? The book changes the point of view between several characters with the biggest coming from Becky, the mother.

The book begins with Becky aboard an airplane waiting for the plane to depart worried that her husband was not answering her last minute texts checking on her daughter Meghan. Right as the plane begins to make it’s way to the runway Becky ge
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
riveting. Tense. Consuming.

Wow! What a ride! This book kept me on my toes, kept me guessing, and then second-guessing. I’d imagine having a sick child would be devastating and having a sick child without a definitive diagnosis would be frustrating. Throughout this book I did feel for Becky, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking is this Munchausen by Proxy? Is she making her child sick? Is Megan really sick? Or is something else going on here? So many questions so few answers.

The book sta
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
4.5 Stars rounded up!

But there's a difference between letting someone into your life and letting someone define it. I know that now. And, yeah, I finally feel free.

What a wild ride. I loved it.

Meghan is sick but no one can tell her or her family what is wrong with her. She's gone to see so many doctors they've lost count and she's gotten more misdiagnosis then is reasonable. Meghan's Dad Carl finally finds someone new who he thinks may be able to help diagnosis Meghan. They go to meet with h
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Three stars guaranteed my throne in the minority because I couldn’t connect with the characters as much as did my best to give them more shots!

I was so excited to start to this book! I liked the blurb, read too many good reviews and so hooked in the storyline before even read any words. And as soon as I start turning pages I annoyed all of the characters included our star soccer player Megan comes from a real good and lovely family suffering from undiagnosed disease!
Mother Becky was the worst a
Elyse  Walters
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook....narrated by Stuart Masterson

This medical thriller/domestic psychological suspense novel was a great walking companion.

As to why it took two years to have a psychiatric examination, when no medical diagnosis validated reasons for Meghan’s chronic illness- was beyond me.
I’d have called in the shrinks from the ‘onset’ of a daughter’s illness. ( even ‘if’ blood tests confirmed a medical disease).

Once our own daughter had Scarlett Fever when she was 5 years old - it was the most frighte
Erin Clemence
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Fifteen year old Meghan has been in and out of hospitals, battling an illness that no doctor or test can detect. Her mother, Becky, has done of all of the research and talked to all of the doctors and still, Meghan continues to struggle with symptoms from an un-diagnosable disorder. As the symptoms continue and the illness remains a mystery, doubt begins to arise.
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
3.5 stars

Not knowing why your child is constantly sick is a huge dilemma for a parent. You run from one doctor to the next searching for the reason, the why of your child's constant sickness. Your child suffers, your marriage suffers, and you, the mother, suffer so fearful of the unknown, thinking that someway somehow cancer is the malady.

Becky Gerard, has so much to contend with, her mother dying, a husband who seems disinterested, a daughter, Meghan, who is constantly ill. When on her way to
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: galleys-arcs, 2019
I was not a happy camper with this book. I had been so excited to read a book with such a unique premise, and then when I really got into the book I found myself skimming. It was slow to start and had a major problem with repetitiveness.

ALL of the characters were extremely dislikable and the ending was seemingly pulled out of thin air.

Had I heard one more time how Becky was so beautiful and could manipulate men -I would have gouged out my eyes. Yes, I can see by Becky's back-story that she had '
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
This book kept me guessing until the very end... I literally thought everyone was a guilty liar at some point! I really enjoyed it, every single chapter. What an awesome suspense novel!
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
This book was a cool beach read! It’s going to be really hard to talk specifics without giving away spoilers, and that would ruin the book, so I’m going to put the review in spoiler tags.

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Frank Phillips
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 4.5 Stars but rounding up to 5 for the rating.

This book was great, I just felt like there may have been a tad too much medical terminology/jargon used...especially for those of us not very familiar with the field and quite frankly bored after a certain point with it. Outside of this, this book was fantastic! There were so many things to love about this one! I loved the characters, and hated them too. I was completely fooled by a couple of them! I was floored by the unexpected mys
Jenny Baker
I needed an audiobook for my work commute, so browsed the audiobook CDs at the library one day. I have seen this book on display before, but it wasn’t on my TBR. Out of curiosity, I looked at the back of the case and saw that it’s narrated by Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes movie), and Rebecca Soler who is one of my favorite female narrators. When I saw that these two ladies narrated this audiobook, I knew I had to listen to it. I really didn’t know what to expect from it, but I'm so ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saving Meghan is an engrossing domestic/medical thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed and found hard to put down. Fifteen-year old Meghan has been sick for a few years with an array of unexplained symptoms and is getting progressively worth but the doctors are unable to give a definitive diagnosis. Most of the doctors seem to think that Meghan doesn’t have an illness and this is a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. They think that Meghan's mom Becky is making her daughter sick. The lines are dro ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book by D.J. Palmer, a medical thriller dealing with Munchausen by Proxy. It kept me turning pages rapidly as I was engrossed with the main characters: Meghan, the young teenager who was always sickly, her mother, Becky whose background led to the suspicion of having Munchausen by Proxy, obsessed with finding out what medical illness her daughter had, the father Carl, and the medical doctors involved in the case. This was a fast read and I loved every minute of it. I'm look ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
"Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP) is a mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care, such as a child. Because vulnerable people are the victims, MSBP is a form of child abuse."

Becky Gerard is about to take a flight to California to visit her dying mother when she learns her fifteen-year-old daughter Meghan is in the emergency room. Becky throws a fit until they allow her to leave the plane which had been taxiing for take
2.5 rounded up
There were far too many times that I found my self rolling my eyes for me to rate this any higher than 3 stars. It was quick read, admittedly I skimmed through the middle because it was predictable, but I wouldn't recommend that you rush out and buy it.
Saving Meghan.... what a cover!!

Becky's daughter Meghan has been very sick for a long time. So many tests have been done by doctor's and still there are no answers.

Becky becomes obsessed with finding out what's wrong with her daughter. Although, wouldn't you be if this was your child?

So, this reminded me a tad bit of a Lifetime movie that I saw and was pretty much rolling my eyes quite a bit throughout this entire novel. Meghan's mom falls under the suspicion that she may be creating her daug
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press #partner for gifting me a copy of Saving Meghan. I enjoyed reading the multiple POVs in this one.

Becky’s daughter, Meghan, has been sick for a long time. Numerous doctor visits and tests have been done and still there is no diagnosis. It doesn’t help that Meghan is deathly afraid of needles.

Becky is on her way to see her dying mother when Carl, her husband, calls her to tell her that Meghan’s in the ER. Becky gets taken off the plan after causing such a scene and ru
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I was so excited for this book. I devoured it and did not see a lot of it coming. It kept me on my toes. I will not tell you if I am team #BelieveBecky or team #ProtectMeghan I want you to read it and tell me which team you are.
I will tell you this, you will not see the ending coming. You will be as shocked as I was.
I can't wait to read Mr. Palmers next book.
4 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not requi
Judy D Collins
An avid fan, D. J Palmer returns following The First Family (my top books 2018) , Mercy, and Forgive Me (my top books 2016), Trauma, and Constant Fear (my top books 2015) with his latest thriller SAVING MEGHAN. (My top books of 2019)

"Psychological domestic suspense meets heart-pounding medical thriller.”

WOW, A riveting, chilling new thriller with strong character-development, infuses the best of medical thrillers of Michael Palmer (dad) and the award-winning gripping suspense of Daniel Pa
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
3.5 Stars rounded up

Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer is a quick, enjoyable read that is less of the thriller that I expected and more of a family/medical drama with a highly sinister, twisted plot!

Having a sick child is a nightmare...even when your child has a fever, the flu, an ear infection, you hate it and will do anything to make them feel better and when they are in the hospital, forget about it! You'll move mountains to get your child the best care possible! Just ask Becky Gerard, mom, to 15-y
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
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 attentio ...more
Saving Meghan starts off pretty strongly--Becky, mother to fifteen year old Meghan, causes a commotion when she insists on leaving a flight about to take off to get to her daughter, who has just been rushed to the emergency room. Again.

Meghan has been sick for a while, with symptoms that are causing her to feel as if her body is shutting down. She's been to doctor after doctor, with Becky leading the charge to get her daughter more care, more tests, no matter what.

But is Meghan really ill?

For ab
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book by D.J. Palmer, a medical thriller dealing with Munchausen by Proxy. It kept me turning pages rapidly as I was engrossed with the main characters: Meghan, the young teenager who was always sickly, her mother, Becky whose background led to the suspicion of having Munchausen by Proxy, obsessed with finding out what medical illness her daughter had, the father Carl, and the medical doctors involved in the case. This was a fast read and I loved every minute of it. I'm loo ...more
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Pseudonym for author Daniel Palmer

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 in New Hampshire where he is at work on his next novel.

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