Book Title: As Sick As Our Secrets
Author: A.B. Whelan
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery
Pub Date: 02/14/18
You could have saved her. All clues were in front of you. Only you refused to open your eyes.
Seeking an outlet from her boring and purposeless marriage, Olivia Campbell finds herself deeply involved in a vigilante investigation into the murders of the Fifty Shades Killer. As Olivia traces back the footsteps of a missing girl, she can’t stop connecting the dots between the girl’s kidnapping and her husband’s unorthodox lifestyle. Fighting her own demons, she feels obligated to bring the killer to justice, even at the cost of her life. Now, torn between life-altering decisions, Olivia finds herself more alone than ever.
The clock is ticking. Which decision is the right one?
I first discovered Andrea’s books back in the beginning of 2016; I received a copy of 14 Days To Die and knew it was the beginning of a long reader/author relationship. Sometimes you find those diamonds in the rough, the indie books that blow you away with their quality of story and memorable characters. There are still days that I think about her previous psychological thriller, so I knew I was in for something special with As Sick As Our Secrets. Once again, Whelan delivered a sexy mind-trip that had me both dazed and dazzled. There’s a dangerous feel throughout this book, but it’s one that creeps up on you slowly, much like the frog in a pot of boiling water. If you’re wondering if the story inside is just as captivating as the gorgeous cover- it is!
“The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.”
-Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat
Our story is told through multiple POVs, one of which is the identity of our Fifty Shades Killer. It was both gripping and sickening to read how he escalated from killing a high school girlfriend to becoming a full-fledged monster, and I love that we get to be a part of that journey. There was a greater insight to the crazy, tormented individual and we see all the events that shape him and his fragile being into a cruel tormenter and murderer of unsuspecting women. While this is going on, we meet Olivia, Ashley, and Betty who tell us more of the present tense story from all the necessary angles. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, but I found myself held captive from beginning to end.
I never thought I’d say this, but my husband frightens me. He is not the man I thought him to be. Since I snuck into his private den, his man cave, his sanctuary, I’m not the woman used to be either.
If you’re looking for a sexy thriller with twists and turns in abundance, look no further. I would highly recommend As Sick As Our Secrets to fans of domestic drama featuring crumbling marriages full of secrets, and whispers of dark affinities. This is a mystery and a thriller, yes, but it’s also a ballad of just how far women will go to champion and protect one another. I found the themes to be current and insightful; if you’re curious about this one… Why not give it a try?
*Many thanks to the author for providing my copy.