Review: As Sick as Our Secrets by A.B. Whelan


Published February 14th, 2018 by InMotion Capitol


After really enjoying A.B. Whelan’s previous novel “14 Days to Die”, I was excited to have the opportunity to read “As Sick as Our Secrets”.

The book begins with our killer’s point of view twenty-seven years earlier. His girlfriend has hurt his feelings. HE’S the victim here. She is damaged and selfish…and he’s waiting for his apology.

Now – Thirty-six year old, Olivia Campbell has just woken up. She feels strange. She’s exhausted and it almost feels like she’s hung-over even though she hadn’t had anything to drink. Her husband, Richard just tells her she just needs more rest.

Olivia has done things in the past that she’s not proud of. But she figured her life was finally on the right path. Financially, her husband Richard provides her with a comfortable life. But he can be cruel. Olivia gets back at him by playing little tricks. She’ll delete a favorite song from his iPod, spit in his shoe, steal pages from important contracts, etc. He never suspects her “because I’m cunning and stealthy, like a ninja”. It’s while she’s playing one of these tricks that she stumbles across some things that Richard has hidden. At first, she is in shock by what she’s found but also feels guilty for snooping. She’s always had conflicting feelings about her husband.

“Richard is decent. He has a short temper, and something people nowadays may call ‘anger issues’, but he is a decent man. He dedicates his life to saving abused women and children.”

But she wants answers and she knows just how and where she needs to look…

Ashley Benson is a new psychologist, having just received her diploma. So far she has had only one client, Skyler O’Neill. But now Skyler is late for their second appointment, and Ashley’s gut is telling her that something bad has happened to her. Ashley’s friend, Olivia recently rescued her from a compromising position. Now she needs Olivia’s help again. She needs her help to find Skyler. Ashley also enlists the help of their mutual friend, Betty.

Police have been investigating “Fifty Shades Killer”. But now these three women are conducting their own investigation as they try to find Skyler O’Neill. Their search for Skyler uncovers so much more than they were expecting.

The story is told from multiple POV’s. Some suspension of disbelief is necessary and it did take a little time for me to get a handle on whose point of view I was reading. The story is fast-paced as the plot moves from past to present. We find out what turned our killer into a killer, and we also learn more about the pasts and secrets of our crime-fighting team of three. Overall this was an entertaining story about murder, betrayal, secrets, and revenge.

“As Sick As Our Secrets” was a fast-paced psychological thriller that kept me gripped right up until a very satisfying ending.


I would like to thank A.B Whelan for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.


“The Spoon Theory”


I’ve noticed recently that a lot of my wonderful blogger friends have been struggling with a variety of  chronic health issues. Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Migraine Headaches, Chronic Pain, and many more.

I’ve also seen that many bloggers feel guilty if they can’t post more often, reply to comments, blog hop etc.  As I also suffer from chronic health issues, I understand these feelings. Although of course, we are all different.

Blogging, reading, writing reviews. and interacting with others has been incredible for me.  I’ve met some fantastic reviewers, readers, bloggers, authors, and publishers.  All of it takes me away and gives me a sense of purpose.  I’m starting to feel confident about writing a good review.

I am really thankful for this blog. However, there are some days where it is just too much for me. Sometimes I need to take a break and I’m learning that it’s okay.

I think a lot of us also struggle with wanting our friends and family to understand what we are going through.

Some of you may have heard of “The Spoon Theory“, which was an essay written by Christine Miserandino in 2003. In her essay, Miserandino is having a conversation with a friend who has asked Miserandino what having Lupus feels like.  Miserandino uses spoons as a visual aid for units of energy, and how these spoons must be used carefully to avoid running out before the end of the day (link for entire essay below).

I recently sent it to another blogger friend who has been suffering and was feeling guilty that she wasn’t able to blog as much as she wanted. I thought I would post it here for others who may be interested.

The spoon theory is a disability metaphor and neologism used to explain the reduced amount of energy available for activities of daily living and productive tasks that may result from disability or chronic illness. … A person who runs out of spoons has no choice but to rest until their spoons are replenished.   – from Wikipedia


The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino

“The Spoon Theory” tries to address what someone with a chronic illness may go through every day.

Click on the spoons if you would like to read the original article.

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Throwback Thursday: The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley


Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 

The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley


Published January 18th 2013 by Bantam


Goodreads Description:

Diagnosed with XP, a rare medical condition which makes him lethally sensitive to light, Tyler is a thirteen-year-old who desperately wants just one thing: to be normal. His mother Eve also wants just one thing: to protect her son. As Tyler begins roaming their cul-de-sac at night, cloaked in the safety of the darkness, he peers into the lives of the other families on the street-looking in on the things they most want hidden. Then, the young daughter of a neighbor suddenly vanishes, and Tyler may be the only one who can make sense of her disappearance…but what will happen when everyone’s secrets are exposed to the light?


My Thoughts:

I have read a few books by Carla Buckley and really enjoyed them, but this is one of my favorites. It was quite an emotional read. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be having to live in the dark, especially for a fourteen-year-old boy. I love books that deal with family drama and secrets and this book is full of both. I had an idea of where things were heading early on, but I really enjoyed how everything played out.

This novel has a wide variety of ratings, but I found it completely engrossing and zipped through it in just a couple of sittings. A well-written novel with excellent characters. I’m looking forward to reading more from Carla Buckley!

REVIEW – The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz


Published February 13, 2018 by Mira Books


“…the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.”       – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“The Lucky Ones” was my first read from Tiffany Reisz. The blurb was interesting, I love stories filled with secrets and lies!

We meet Allison Lamarque in the present day as she struggling to hold it together. Her lover is breaking up with her….though he prefers thinking they had a “friendly business arrangement”

“So you’re not dumping me, then. You’re firing me.”

As he is leaving, Allison notices a small package addressed to her in the box that he brought with him. It’s postmarked from Oregon. When she sees the name and return address she almost passes out from shock.

Roland Capello

Her brother….Sort of.

When Allison was young her mother passed away and Allison ended up in foster care. Somehow she was one of the “lucky ones” taken in by Dr. Vincent Capello, a famous brain surgeon in Oregon. Dr. Capello was known for helping needy children and even adopted some of them. Allison loves her new family. But then something happens and she’s taken from Oregon, and never hears from any of the Capello’s again.

That is…until now. Thirteen years later.

The letter from Roland informs her that Dr. Capello is very ill and doesn’t have long to live. Allison isn’t sure what to do. She has tried hard to forget those days in The Dragon House, but memories of her time there never left her entirely, “it felt like a good dream with a nightmare ending”.

Allison decides to go back to see Dr. Capello and her “siblings”. She is determined to find out what happened that last day before she was sent away. And why is she missing an entire week of memory from that time?

From the moment Allison arrives in Oregon, she wonders if coming back was a mistake. Memories flood in… The house has a dark history of madness, violence, and more going back decades.  What is waiting for her in this house filled with secrets and lies?

Is Allison still in danger?

Well… this was certainly a dark and thought-provoking read. As I mentioned, this was my first read from Tiffany Reisz. Although it may not have been exactly what I was expecting, it was definitely a page-turner that I’m glad I had the chance to read. A twisted tale with turns I never anticipated. The storyline was gripping…secrets and lies, forbidden relationships, medical science, ethics and morals, nature vs. nurture, and more. Allison and her “siblings” Roland, Thora, Deacon, Kendra, Oliver, and Anthony had stories that were both intriguing and disturbing.

The Lucky Ones” was a suspenseful and edgy read. While there were a few parts that made me a bit uncomfortable, overall I found this to be quite an absorbing and unique read.

Thank you to NetGalley and Mira for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.