’14 Days to Die’ by A.B. Whelan is brilliantly written in the first person; the internal monologue of Sarah, the main female character is full of keenly felt emotional turmoil. – paranoia, insecurity, worthlessness – among others, which along with the abuse suffered at the hands of a her bullying husband, grows to a devastating climax.
At the beginning Sarah believes has everything she thought she wanted, a hard working husband, two adored children and a marriage which, if not happy, is satisfactory after all these years – but does she?
Sarah receives a menacing phonecall one day from a man claiming to be hired by her husband to kill her. He gives her 14 days to come up with a very large sum of money, or he will see it through.
Over the following two weeks Sarah’s life gradually falls apart as her husband’s transgressions slowly emerge and she discovers that he is not the person she thought he was – and in fact, neither is she!
To say any more would be to spoilt the plot, but this is a deeply psychological story told entirely from one person’s perspective with all their biases, values and morals. I loved it.