Whether I'll Live or Die

Fiction - Realistic
256 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2013
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Author Biography

Stacy Eaton is a police officer by profession. Currently, she is working as the department investigator and enjoys digging into cases and putting the pieces of the puzzles together.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania and is the wife to a police officer and the mother of two. She is very proud of her son who is currently serving in the United States Navy and equally proud of her nine year old daughter who works hard in her Tae Kwon Do studies.

When Stacy is not working her demanding job, or spending time with her family, she works on her business and volunteers with the World Literary Café. When there is time, she writes.

Her current projects include finishing up edits for Liveon, a contemporary romance set to release late 2013. Second Shield a romance and crime novel that should be released by January 2014. She is also working on Book 3 of the My Blood Runs Blue series, Mixing the Blue Blood and 4 other projects.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Victoria 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!