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It sounded so simple in theory: ready...aim...fire...but what actually transpired was so much more. 

Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small-town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It is her career, and her life. 

Amanda stands where protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her, Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order to soothe her desperate need to be loved. As the mental abuse turns violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a victim once again. With her emotional and physical health sitting on the edge, she must fight to regain control of her life. 

A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?

©2012 Stacy Eaton (P)2019 Stacy Eaton

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Will make you think

Amanda, is a attractive young woman, with a good job,, who meets a man with the same interests , and all seems good. But very slowly he chips away at her , verbally abuse , putting her down and then physical abuse. With the relationship getting worse , she finds the courage to walk away.
Nicole is a Police Officer and respected .who helps domestic abuse victims . This is a powerful story and a great listen. I thought Julie Walters was perfect as the narrator .

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gripping story

loved this amazing story I had never heard of Stacy Eaton before listening to this book, omg where have I been or her ?
the narrater julie Walters was spot on for this book she bright it to life 10/10

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Edge of the seat suspense

The first question you might ask yourself while reading this story is probably why would the victim continually put up with this abuse. And at one time I might have asked that same question, but when a friend confided in me that she had been an abused spouse, I was speechless. She had hidden it so well. I had always pre-judged people in abusive situations, and my curiosity led me to listen to her with an open mind as she told me the reasons she stayed in the relationship for so many years. Later, I did my own research when I decided to write a story of domestic abuse and was shocked to discover repeated stories from victims just like her. I love the way Stacy Eaton tells her stories. They are suspenseful, make you think, and like this one, give an element of surprise. She's an outstanding author. The reader is fantastic with a clear, professional recording. Thank you, Stacy for offering me a free review copy of this book.

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Wow!

I had never heard of Stacy Eaton before listening to this book, but she's now an author I won't soon forget. I hate to say that I loved this story because it's a sad yet, unfortunately, realistic portrayal of domestic violence that many women are forced to endure on a daily basis. I guess what I loved was the point of view from a woman being abused and also from that of a police officer trying to help battered women get away from their abusers. I also loved that Stacy is a retired police officer herself which made the story that much more real for me. I was worried for Nicole every time she went on a call and for Amanda every time she was abused. Throughout the whole story, I was wondering how Amanda and Nicole's story would eventually come together. It was totally unexpected but brilliantly written although I wish there had been a brief epilogue at the end. Julie Walters did an amazing job bringing this story to life.

I was given this audiobook for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Zoe
  • 13-05-19

Domestic Violence

This is another emotional and powerful story about domestic abuse, and how victims can start a new life, knowing that there’s hope and they are, indeed, are not alone.

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  • Nicole Posey
  • 26-08-20

True story

This story had me crying!!! Very true story that I can relate to in so many ways. The book can cause setbacks for some who went thru some abuse. However it is a great one to read.

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  • Yvonne T. Cruz
  • 02-07-20

A thought provoking story

This at time heart wrenching, and heartbreaking audiobook is not for the faint at heart.
That said, it’s one of the best I’ve listened to this year.
The subject of the story is the reality of domestic abuse seen from two points of view. One the abused individual, in this case, Amanda, and one from the law enforcement side, officer Nicole Nolan.
As we become engaged in the plot, we realize that the fears of the abused individual are real and that the not so merry go round, is one difficult to get off from. Especially when the person has been crushed not only physicially but primarily psychologically, and emotionally. The isolation and the fears of retaliation makes it even harder to seek help.
We see the two sides , the abused and the law enforcement and the decisions both end up making.
But the shocking surprises in the story, will make you see Amanda rise from the ashes like the Phoenix.
Kudos to the author for bringing this awareness to the forefront.
The narration was excellent, making the story even more real.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 02-06-20

Whether I’ll Live or Die

A story of such strength and finding the will to move on when so much has piled against you and you are backed into a corner. I love the concept of this book and hope it reaches people who need to hear this as well as give some very nice listening.

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  • kwestrope
  • 31-01-20

Purposeful and moving story

This story is about two different women, one who, as a young woman, finds herself in several different abusive relationships. The other is a police officer who encounters domestic abuse situations.

It is a fast-paced story. I would have liked the characters to be a bit more developed. They are a bit stereotypical. Still, it is a well-intended and purposeful story, and in that I think it fulfills the authors purpose. Though parts of it can be upsetting to read, in the end it gives hope for change.

I listened to the audio version and the narrator, Julie Walters, did a good job with all the characters, both male and female.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-19

just WOW

What a story. I am so amazed with this book. Everything about it is just awesome. The characters the story the background. just wow.
I am kind of out of words. The narrator is very good. the author did a great job. Taking me threw all the emotions the hurt and what a great end. AWESOME. Thank you.

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  • April H.
  • 09-10-19

A Must Read or Listen to This

Whether I'll Live or Die
By: Stacy Eaton

This novel is about domestic violence. A serious subject that many victims try to hide because they feel it is their own fault. The author brings this story to the listener in a way an outsider might understand. I was captured from the very beginning, until the last word. I found myself holding my breather as some of these characters went through their trials.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Julie Walters was awesome!!!



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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  • Leticia Crow
  • 22-09-19

A must read!

such a dark inside look into domestic abuse. It truly gets into the mindset of the victim! I really loved the twist at the end! Never saw it coming! Trigger warning to the abused! But a teue insiders view into the reality of the abused and their perspective. All should read it!

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  • Karson Lee
  • 27-07-19

Wonderful Book

Wow, what a book. It does a great job of shedding light on domestic abuse and how it affects people, seen from both the perspectives of people inside and outside of the home. It is extremely convincing.

I recommend this book to help others understand abuse and how it affects people in the long term. Some of the content resonated deeply with me because of my own family's abusive nature.

I received this audiobook from the author/publisher/narrator in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom.

Karson Lee, author of Lost In Thought: Memories of an Abused Child.

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  • dk.bookworm
  • 16-07-19

Tragic story well told

This is a very tragic story of a woman in an abusive and horrible relationship , a situation very hard for me to understand that she didn’t do more to get out of , especially when she had the chance several times. Unfortunately we often hear that this actually is a huge problem, and the authors foreword goes into this .At times I found the main character a bit whiny.... The twist at the end upped my rating by a whole star and the story really made sense.
The narrator suited the book and subject.
I was given this audiobook in return for an honest review.