Author: A. B. Whelan

Diabolical! 14 Days to Die by A. B. Whelan

Posted May 25, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Diabolical! 14 Days to Die by A. B. Whelan14 Days to Die by A. B. Whelan
Published by InMotion Capitol on January 13, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 226
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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?


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Sarah Johnson’s supposedly idyllic world crashed around her the day she received a mysterious call from her hired assassin who offers her a counter deal: double what her husband agreed to pay him to kill her and he’ll drop the assignment. She’s got 14 days to come up with the money. What follows next is her attempt to come to terms with her imminent demise.
This was an interesting story with an unusual premise, told in Sarah’s voice so we get to see the facts and fiction about her marriage and her relationships, past and present. At times it was incoherent because it was a realistic way of dealing. I liked, pitied and sympathized with her through most of the story and was frustrated with some of her choices at others. Some of her actions silently taken against her husband were hilarious, though quite diabolical.
I enjoyed the story but found it implausible at times. Her relationships with Bruce and Benny escalated too fast without depth, really confusing me at times. I have mixed feelings about the ending as I’d already figured it out but wanted just a little more. It left me unsettled and maybe that’s the point. However, I found it hard to put this book down.

About A. B. Whelan

A. B. WHELAN writes young-adult science-fiction and fantasy. She is the author of the Fields of Elysium series. She lives in sunny California with her husband and two children.

14 Days to Die is her first thriller.