As Sick As Our Secrets by A.B. Whelan #BookReview

About this book..

You could have saved her. All clues were in front of you. Only you refused to open your eyes.

Olivia Campbell has the life most women want. A respected husband, beautiful home, and the freedom that only financial security can provide.
But not all is as it appears…
Olivia has secrets, and after discovering a hidden journal in her husband’s study, she realizes that she’s not the only one.

As her picture perfect world starts to fall apart around her, Olivia wonders just how deep the secrets run as she finds herself immersed in the investigation of a young missing girl.
Some coincidences are just too hard to ignore, but how far is she willing to go to discover the truth?

My review…

I read and really enjoyed this authors first psychological thriller 14 Days To Die so I was really looking forward to As Sick As Our Secrets, her second book in this genre……..and I wasn’t disappointed!

This author has once again used some wonderfully strong character relationships to weave a twisted and breathtaking thriller. I actually wasn’t sure about it from the first chapter when we meet the very creepy psychopath who will later become known as The Fifty Shades serial killer. But following his journey really built up the tension as we watched how his relationships and life experiences shaped the person he was to become in the future. Once Olivia was introduced to the plot in the present day, I became much more involved in the storyline as I began to predict what I thought was about it to come.

What stood out most for me here wasn’t the suspense or the “who and why” (although these plot points did blow me away) but the relationship and connection between the three women. Olivia with her friends Ashley and Betty came together in a real show of sisterhood as they searched for the missing girl. There were some shocking  secrets revealed along the way and beware of some explicit content at times but everything was relevant as the story unravelled before the readers eyes. Ashley was probably my favourite character, a hard drinking, drug taking, mess of a psychiatrist who becomes concerned when her client goes missing.  Olivia was more of an ice queen but when she started to open up, her past experiences went towards explaining more about her personality and why she stayed in a marriage that wasn’t working so that in turn made me warm to her more.

This was a dangerously addictive thriller that I read with my mouth wide open at times as things started to take some unexpectedly nasty turns! It may not be everyone’s cup of tea due to some scenes of sexual violence but nothing was so graphic that it spoiled my enjoyment of  the powerful narrative and immersive plotline, which I have to say reminded me of “Big Little Lies” at times. Well worth a look!

As Sick as Our Secrets (a psychological thriller) is available to purchase now from Amazon UK (affiliates link)

Meet the author…

A.B. Whelan resides in sunny Southern California with her family, among soccer fields, manicured lawns, and beautiful homes, where everybody’s lives ‘seem’ perfect. Here is where she cooks up unique psychological thrillers that delve into suburbia life. Also, as a medical professional, she meets interesting people and draws inspiration from them for her characters.

She is a James Patterson Masterclass graduate and credits her writing style to her favorite suspense writers: Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins.

Her first psychological thriller, 14 Days to Die, is about a good marriage gone terribly wrong. The book earned praise from reviewers and readers alike, describing it as, “…is like peeking in the window of your neighbor’s house … you just can’t turn your eyes away.”

Her second psychological thriller, As Sick as Our Secrets, is about family secrets, a hidden journal, a girl gone missing, and an unorthodox serial killer. It’s been reviewed as, “a fast-paced tale that delves into a dark subject matter that should not be read by the faint-hearted.”

Whelan also writes YA romantic fantasies, inspired by her fascination with the ancient Egyptian culture, 19th century London, and our vast universe. In her Fields of Elysium series, Kirkus Reviews describe the first book, “the novel’s take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans.”

If you’d like to connect with A.B. Whelan, learn more about her books and giveaways, and read advanced material before anyone else, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. Or on her blog at abwhelan.blogspot.com.

Advertisement

Published by

jorobertson2015

I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.