Review: 14 Days to Die by A.B. Whelan


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Release date: January 13, 2016

Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery

Goodreads blurb:

To what extent would you go to avenge your husband’s infidelity?


Stay-at-home mom Sarah Johnson has the perfect family—a handsome, hardworking husband and two healthy and beautiful children. At least, that’s what she’s been telling herself for years. After the tragedies in her youth, Sarah deemed living a lie easier than dwelling on the past and facing her everyday failures. To avoid any kind of confrontation at home she doesn’t read her husband’s emails or spy on him like most jealous wives do. She wouldn’t jeopardize her comfortable but dull life for anything. 


But Sarah’s world is about to crumble around her when she receives a phone call from a man with a heavy foreign accent telling her that her perfect husband has put a price on her head. She is offered two weeks to come up with a counteroffer or die. Why would her model husband Mike want her dead? Hasn’t she been the perfect wife? Or has her karma finally caught up with her—making her pay for her former transgressions? The final countdown begins and now Sarah has to race against time to find out what went wrong in her marriage and find a way out of this nightmare. 


So the game of life or death begins. Secrets are unveiled. Emotions are unleashed. Actions are taken. 


Will there be a winner in this dangerous game when no one can escape the twist of fate? 

Review: 

I won 14 Days to Die from my sweet friend Chelsea at The Suspense is Thrilling Me. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do! Not only is she absolutely lovely, she has awesome reviews and fun giveaways. When I saw her review and subsequent Q & A with the author I just knew I had to read this one. The premise is totally intriguing, kill your own husband or be killed?! Crazy interesting! So when I found out I won the giveaway I was ecstatic!

I mentioned before in a Top 5 Wednesday post that the opening line of this book is one of my favorites. It says, “It was a fine winters day that eighth of February when I decided to kill my husband.” Intense and captivating, right?! So clearly, you jump right into the action, there is no slow buildup, just bang on straight into the action. I loved that and appreciated not having to wait awhile to get to the good stuff. It begins on Day 14 and each chapter counts down as Sarah has to decide what she should do. Does she kill her selfish and despicable husband? And if she does, then how? She doesn’t want to be away from her two children so she has to be smart about this and all of her knowledge on how to get away with murder comes from watching CSI

I really liked Sarah, probably because I can relate to her so much. No, my husband hasn’t hired a hit man to off me. At least as far as I know… But because she is a stay at home mom trying her hardest to keep her husband happy and raise healthy and happy children. I know how tedious staying home can be so I found myself really connecting with her. She’s also a book blogger which was fun. There were some scenes where she decides to get revenge in small ways that cracked me up. Using her husband, Mike’s toothbrush to clean the toilet was my favorite, so evil yet appropriate, Mike is such a scumbag.

Despite the fact that I read so many thrillers I felt that this concept was unique in its own way. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me engaged and although I had thought through several possible outcomes for the ending I wasn’t even remotely close, it totally shocked me, in a good way. My only small complaint was that there were several times that I had to suspend disbelief. One example was when Sarah strikes up a relationship with her neighbor, Bruce. The whole thing moved really fast and I found it to be off, but hey, who knows what I would do if I found myself in her scary and unfortunate situation? It really didn’t bother me all that much as I read many books where I have to suspend disbelief in order to really enjoy the story.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Chelsea and the author for my copy, you guys are the best!

19 thoughts on “Review: 14 Days to Die by A.B. Whelan

  1. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    One of my biggest complaints of thrillers, at least the few I’ve read, is that they always seem slow to get started. 14 Ways to Die sounds like a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning! Since I am also a stay-at-home mother and book blogger, I’m sure I would relate to the main characters as well.

    Great review as always Amy 🙂

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