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  • Posted July 5, 2012

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    Life changing, compelling and heartbreaking are just a few of th

    Life changing, compelling and heartbreaking are just a few of the words I would use to describe author Stacy Eaton's novel, Whether I'll Live or Die. The author takes us on a compelling and life changing journey with characters Nicole and Amanda, two women whose lives are at complete opposites and yet inextricably intertwined. Whether I'll Live or Die focuses on the realities of Domestic Abuse, something that is all too prevalent in this day and age. It also takes us through life as a police officer and the violent crimes they face on a daily basis. Nothing about this story is sugar coated.

    This book is absolutely riveting, taking you on a kaleidoscope of emotions while you quickly turn pages to reach the climatic ending, an ending that won't disappoint. A highly recommended read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

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    "Whether I'll Live or Die" is a riveting read that evo

    "Whether I'll Live or Die" is a riveting read that evokes several emotional responses as you read. The book details the lives of "Amanda" and "Nicole", two women who appear to be very different from the beginning of the book, but who become inextricably tied together by the end in a surprising and poignant twist. From beginning to end, both of their stories are raw and real, one trying to cope with an ongoing cycle of domestic abuse, the other dealing with life as a police officer inevitably drawn into violent crime. If you have an aversion to graphic violence or abuse, this is not the book for you. You will find traces of fairy tale love and romance, but it serves more as intermittent relief from an ongoing theme of brutality throughout the entire novel rather than hold a place as a prominent theme of its own. I repeat - this novel is raw and REAL, not for the squeamish.

    Don't get me wrong. The violence is not gratuitous in any way. It is the essence of the experiences of these two women - experiences that will make you angry, sad, afraid, and even resolute in your pursuit of the final pages in order to see how it all ends. I will not give away spoilers, but I can say that there will be vindication by the end of the story. However, how you arrive at the ultimate resolution is a brilliantly crafted journey that engages the reader both emotionally and psychologically. The author teaches us that ultimately, destiny is in our own hands and we decide whether our spirits will live or die in this lifetime.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    This novel was submitted to me for an honest review by the aut

    This novel was submitted to me for an honest review by the author.

    This third novel by Stacy Eaton has received excellent reviews. Many use the words, “compelling”, “gripping”, and “heart wrenching”. They are all very good descriptions of this novel. I can only say this book grabbed my heart from page one.

    We meet Amanda, an attractive young woman, with a good job, a best friend named Angela, and what seems at first glance to be a normal, happy life. She is drawn into a relationship with a very attractive man, who seemingly has the same interests, and cares for her. As the relationship continues, small things creep in to make her uncomfortable. He is verbally abusive and belittling, which escalates to physical abuse. Amanda leaves. She is protected by a friend from the gym she goes to, and their relationship moves to sex, and living together. This relationship spirals down the same sad road of abuse, ending with a decision that breaks Amanda’s heart, and her spirit. She leaves again.

    Next we meet Nicole, a recent graduate of the Police Academy, in a small town in Pennsylvania. Nicole sees a bright future, she has many friends, and a thirst for justice. We follow her as she grows into a respected officer in the community, and with her fellow police officers. She finds love and security with Colton, an officer in another division. These two women come together in a startling conclusion.

    Ms. Eaton has brought the sadness of abuse in our society to us, in a fictionalized version , looking at two different women who seem to have no connection. The abuse to women, men, children and even innocent animals is not fiction.

    Thank you Ms. Eaton for this excellent story of a very heartbreaking fact of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    Wow, simply wow┬┐ that was intense!!

    Wow, simply wow… that was intense!! Stacy Eaton is a magnificent writer. This book pulls me into the story, so much that I find it very hard to stop reading once I start and it kept me on edge of my seat with each turn of the page.

    Being a police dispatcher, I get to hear the beginning of these calls, and sometimes the outcome. This book brings a new light to the issue of abuse against women. The stark detail made me want to reach into the pages to help. While this book deals with a very delicate situation, it is handled with grace and style. This is a must read for anyone, male or female. It is most definitely an eye opener.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

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    Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite ┬┐Whether I Live

    Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

    “Whether I Live or Die” is a novel that juxtaposes two stories; one is about a woman who cannot seem to find the strength of character in her relationships with men and life in general and the other story is that of a rookie policewoman whose job is to protect those who do not have the strength to protect themselves. Amanda's relationship with Steve becomes abusive and she turns to Mark, her friend and gym trainer, for protection. Mark takes advantage of the situation and Amanda ends up pregnant and unwanted. Her tale of physical, mental and emotional abuse continues with her husband Josh and life seems to spiral down for her. On the other hand, Nicole graduates from the police academy on top of her class. She has a healthy relationship with Todd and is a dedicated police officer who faces crime every day. With an amazing zeal, she becomes involved with a number of cases involving women. How these two different lives merge at the end is a twist that nobody will ever expect.

    Stacy Eaton weaves together two stories where the main characters are two poles apart. Amanda's story is a sad tale of a woman subjected to a series of abuses. Some readers may sympathize with her and cajole her into fighting back, while others may give up on the weakness of her character, but we cannot just look from the outside without empathizing with her. This is where the author succeeds in her narrative because one cannot help but feel for Amanda in her seemingly hopeless plight. Nicole's story inspires the reader and her persistence and determination as a police officer is admirable. In dealing with cases mostly involving women abused by their partners, it is a wonder where she gets her motivation from. “Whether I Live or Die” is a novel that centers on empowering the weak and it tries to send an important message to the readers: that all of us can choose to lead a decent life free from physical, emotional and mental abuse. This is a novel that will keep you mesmerized page after page and you will not be disappointed with the surprising and unique twist at the end. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Two women

    Amanda is a young woman with a knack for picking the wrong man. With Josh, she thinks she finally scored gold. It quickly, but not quickly enough, becomes apparent, that Josh isn't who she thought he was. Seven years later, Amanda is married to a man who drinks too much, cheats, and is physically abusive. She must find it within herself to help herself find the confidence to move on with life.

    Nicole is a confident woman, who as a police officer, spends her time protecting the public. She particularly is interested in helping physically abused women. The two women's lives intersect in a way you can't imagine.

    The book was realistic in that it took a while for Amanda to gather her courage and made mistakes and excuses along the way. It was a process in a way that mimics real life. There is dignity in the way Ms. Eaton presented this story.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Whether I'll Live or Die isn't for the light-hearted. It takes t

    Whether I'll Live or Die isn't for the light-hearted. It takes the emotional journey of a woman who is being physically, mentally and emotionally abused and brings it to light. You also see that journey through the eyes of a female police officer who deals with domestic abuse.

    Reading this story made me pray that I would never be in a situation like this. This story definitely needs to be read to show us how tough it is for women who are abused. We also need to read it to learn to protect ourselves, both men and women, from domestic violence.

    The story is phenomenal and beautiful in an emotion way. You will find yourself praying that Amanda, the women being abused, has a happy ending. And there is a surprise twist that you will never see coming. Pick this book up and read it! You won't regret it!

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