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Heartsick by [Sinead, Caitlin]
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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"This unique read--containing a boatload of likable characters and a few spine-tingling chills--plays out like a mystery movie on the big screen. The author really keeps readers guessing with each flip of the page--and it gets more and more exciting all the way up to the last chapter, which has the potential to make jaws drop." - RT Book Reviews

"Sinead's writing is clever, timely, and refreshingly unique." - Carrie Butler, author of the award-winning Mark of Nexus series

"Heartsick by Caitlin Sinead is far more than just another NA romance where every scene must test the boundaries of sexual awareness. There is mystery, intrigue, moments of grave [d]anger and even death as the search goes on to discover who is responsible and how will this 'ailment' be cured. Not too deep, always moving at a good pace, Ms. Sinead flips from scene to scene and emotion to emotion brilliantly without slowing down [or] clogging up the pace with over-details." -Dianne, Tome Tender Book Blog

"Heartsick by Caitlin Sinead was a book unlike any other that I've read, which is saying a lot.... It was such a refreshing treat to read a book that was unique and hasn't been overdone or, as far as I know, been done before." - Lindy, A Bookish Escape


"A snappy, suspenseful plot balanced with stellar writing, brimming with chemistry and full of unique, nuanced characters. Quinn is the sort of strong, believable heroine I want to spend hundreds of pages with, and the mix of sci-fi-tinged mystery, small-town social tensions and a sweet-and-sexy love story kept me engaged until the end. Caitlin Sinead just made my auto-buy list." -A.J. Larrieu, author of Twisted Miracles

About the Author

Caitlin Sinead's writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists, and her stories have appeared in multiple publications, including The Alarmist, The Binnacle, Crunchable, Jersey Devil Press, and Northern Virginia Magazine. She earned a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and is represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, Inc. She lives with her husband and two cats in Alexandria, Virginia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 678 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (February 16, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 16, 2015
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N0MYHD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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**I received an ebook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**

This is Caitlin Sinead’s debut novel and all I can say is … wow.

Quinn and Mandy are best friends, roommates, and students at Poe University, which is located in a small Virginia town. The two are living seemingly normal lives until something weird happens on campus and people start cropping up with purple colored eyes. The townies—who are notorious for disliking the university students—automatically blame the students, but it’s unclear what the cause of the purple eyes is. Everyone in the town, from the police to the students themselves, starts working to figure out what the cause is. And … well, you’ll need to read the rest of the book to find out. ;)

Sinead did a wonderful job of writing a mystery book that kept me on my toes and left me guessing at all corners. I would form one theory in my mind, and no sooner had I settled on it then something happened which would make me question my own train of thought. I was constantly looking for clues in the characters' actions and motives, and even when I wasn’t actually reading the book, I would often find myself thinking about the course of events in the story, and trying to figure things out.

A big part of what made the book so enjoyable for me was how Sinead wove some real life current events and issues into the plot. Whether this was done intentionally or not I can’t tell you, but things like a pandemics, religious conflicts, and governmental agency involvement all play a role in the book.

Sinead did a terrific job with the characters in this story. Each character had a few qualities about him or her that stood out, and these qualities were always apparent in some way throughout the course of the story.
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3.5/5

Heartsick is a new adult suspense, with paranormal twists. Heartsick was different than I thought it would be, but not in a bad way. I thought it was some kind of disease that acted as a love potion of sorts. I know that sounds silly, and I have no idea why I even thought that (other than the title of the book) but I could have sworn that I read that somewhere in the summary when I first got the book. So when I started reading, I was a little surprised at the direction the story was going in. I even stopped and re-read the summary. Then I realized that I totally got this book wrong, but I was still enjoying the plot line, which felt very mysterious. So I just went with it. And I am glad for my original misconception, but I ended up really liking Heartsick.

Luke is the love interest in the story and there promises to be a big secret about him. The reader finds out what that secret is pretty early on in the book, and I was happy to see that Quinn learned his secret before the half way point of the story. I have been starting to get a little fed up with plot lines that have one of the main characters holding on to their secret until 80 or 85% mark of the story and then it causing some big problem right at the end. It was a pleasant surprise that this was not the case in Heartsick.

I loved the mysterious aspect of the "disease". There are many different theories running around town about just what is going on, and it was fun running along side Quinn while she tried to figure it out for herself. Religion does play an aspect into the story. Some of it was a hit with me and some of the religion was a miss. I know this can be a touchy subject for some readers, so I won't go too much into it, but just be warned that there is a religious aspect to the story.
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Different is usually good for me when reading a book. This book was very different, and kept me reading pretty much non-stop. When I read the description for this book on Net Galley, I still didn’t have any idea what the mystery of this book was going to be, or where this book would take me as a reader. It certainly was an interesting road to get there.

Quinn, and her best friend Mandy, are college seniors at a prestigious college, and share a house off campus. They hang out at a bar in town, and are pretty typical college students. Mandy has a geeky, but cute boyfriend, named, Zachary. Another handsome man named Rashid, is enamored with Quinn. And then one night at the bar, Quinn meets a townie named, Luke, and he is interested in her as well. When one of these characters suddenly develops bright purple eyes, their lives get turned upside down-to say the least.

Yes, this was a mystery, and included an unexplained, heartbreaking death, arson, and a town turned upside down in controversy. But it was also a commentary about people, and how they react to something they don’t understand. I was reminded of when AIDS first hit back in the 80’s, and what happened with Ryan White, and how he was treated. And lastly, it’s a romance, and a pretty great one!

I found the story to be unique, and that’s saying a lot for me! It was well written, with good characters, and even the villains were pretty well realized as well. Religious zealots, and townies that pretty much hate all the students, made for quite a few villains, as well as others.

On purpose, I am not telling any more about the actual story, so the reader can be as surprised as I was. It made for a quick read, and one that was actually very thought provoking.
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