For the past several years, Meghan has been in and out of hospitals. She’s tired of being sick. Tired of being poked with needles and all sorts of medical equipment. No one knows what’s wrong with her. Not even the doctors that constantly surround her. When her symptoms take a turn for the worse, her mother is determined in getting her the best medical help possible. No one, not even her parents, take everything she goes through into consideration. To those around her, she’s nothing more than a sick child. One who’ll do everything possible to prove the world wrong at every turn.

D. J. Palmer has penned a book that leaves you guessing at every turn. He’s taken the condition of Munchausen syndrome by proxy and turned it on its axis. Most people afflicted with this disorder do their best to convince those around them that they, or their children, are constantly sick. It doesn’t matter if they reflect no actual symptoms. In their minds, the condition exists, therefore they must be ill, right?

In Saving Meghan, you’re torn between wanting to believe in Meghan’s plight and in her mother’s innocence. Becky is a woman who’ll do anything to ensure her child is cured of whatever is ailing her. It doesn’t matter that Meghan doesn’t exhibit the usual symptoms of sickness. There’s something wrong with her, and it needs to be fixed pronto.

D. J. has crafted a believable story that makes you take everything that happens into consideration. Nothing is as it seems. Pain, heartache, and uncertainty pop with every turn of the page. The characters are fighting to assert themselves at every turn, while doing their best to deny that anything is out of the norm. These characters are flawed, yet they show the reader that they’re not willing to remain in the shadows.

Adversity has made itself known. It must be dealt with, something the characters do their best to combat at every possible moment. By the time you make it to the end of the book, the reader’s world is torn asunder. Nothing, and I do mean nothing, is what it first seemed to be. Meghan’s world, and that of those she’s comes across, is turned topsy-turvy. There’s no telling whether it’ll straighten itself once all is said and done.

Kudos for writing such an intriguing and thought-provoking story, D. J. You’ve left me wanting to dive further into Meghan’s chaotic world. Perhaps we’ll get another glimpse of it in the future? I’d love to know what’s become of Meghan and her mom. How will they further deal with what happened amongst them? Only time will tell.


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?




DANIEL PALMER is the author of eight critically-acclaimed suspense novels. He is also an occasional short story writer, with THE DEAD CLUB in the ITW anthology, First Thrills, and DISFIGURED, found in Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up At Night.

Though he always had a passion for storytelling, writing wasn’t Daniel Palmer’s first foray into the entertainment industry. In fact, Daniel considers himself an accidental novelist who first began his career as a musician. He spent several years performing in the Boston club scene and released two CDs. Music allowed an outlet for storytelling that has translated into his writing.

Another successful endeavor of Daniel’s has been technology and e-commerce, which coincided with the dot-com boom and led to Daniel helping pioneer the first generation of web sites, most notably Barnes & Noble. The impact of the internet and social media on ordinary lives gave Daniel the basis for his writing, first with DELIRIOUS and most recently, with STOLEN. With tech-centric themes, Daniel’s novels focus on ordinary men pitted against extraordinary circumstances.

Daniel is actively involved with the Red Sox Home Base program, helping to raise money for veterans suffering from PTSD. Daniel holds a Master’s degree from Boston University and currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.