Title- Six Feet Under
Author- Whitney Barbetti
Six wasn’t the hero I needed.
But he was the man I wanted.
And it was my selfish craving, the desire to own him, that would be our undoing.
No one tells you that love is a disease. An infection that tears your heart apart, leaving you half the person you were before. A malady that leaves open wounds. An invisible disorder tracing scars in the places you couldn’t see if you weren’t looking for them.
I was sick, but love didn’t heal me.
Instead, it festered in my marrow, and drove me to unforgivable mistakes.
Six was my first mistake, but he wouldn’t be the last.
Six Feet Under is the first book in the Mad Love duet. Its sequel, Pieces of Eight will release May 9, 2018. If you’ve struggled with mental illness, self-harm, alcoholism, or drug use this story may be triggering for you. If you are still recovering or are susceptible to relapsing, please reconsider reading.
Have you ever fallen down a rabbit hole? You know the kind that you can.t seem to get out of but kind of don’t want to get out of because it feels like home? That is how I felt reading this novel. Barbetti is able to create a story that is sad and reckless and so addicting that you find yourself falling unbeknownst to you. You take a glance at the clock knowing that you shouldn’t only to realize that it is well past your bedtime and maybe time to put your book down but you can’t because Mira and Six have their hooks in you and need to know what will happen next. You need to know where this Mad Love will go and if it will heal anyone.
I can honestly say that I have never in my life felt so much for a character like I did with Mira. She is chaos, darkness and jagged but once you get past that and read on you realize that she is broken and through the cracks you can see she is light, strength, intelligence and yes beautifully imperfect. I told the author (yes I messaged her because she needed to know how big of an impact this story made on me) that we all have a little Mira in all of us. No one is truly one piece we all have been broken at some point and while we have been put together those cracks and missing pieces are what makes us.
Six, what can I say about Six? He is Mira’s Yang- yes he is the opposite of her but he also has some darkness in him. He is broken in his own ways and you don’t quite see it at first but just as much as Mira needs Six to weather the storm Six needs Mira to see the rainbow. Six may need be that swoony knight in shining armor of a book boyfriend but make no mistake that this man is everything you could ask for and never knew you needed.
Barbetti is able to write in such a way that you feel every word that you read. You feel pain, you feel love and you feel incomplete when you turn that last page because you know the story isnt over and you need to see it through.
Normally when reading a series or a duet I like to take a break and maybe pick up another book in between but not with Six Feet Under- I found myself downloading Pieces of Eight at 3 in the morning because I needed to know what becomes of Mira and Six.
If you are looking for a cookie cutter love story that makes you swoon with all the romance with in the pages this story is not for you however if you are looking for a love story that is realistic, dark and meaningful look no further. If you can find beauty in chaos this is the story for you.
I know this review may seem vague but that is because I do not want to spoil this book for you in any way because like Mira it is dark and chaos but also light and beauty and truly everything.
Whitney Barbetti writes character-driven contemporary and new adult romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. Thanks to her passion for mental health awareness, she often writes characters who suffer from some type of mental illness, in an effort to help people understand them better and to rid the stigma that surrounds those who live bravely despite their struggles.
As a Navy brat, Whitney grew up all over the country, from California to Colorado and up and down the eastern United States. She currently resides in the western United States with her husband, two children, and two ridiculous cats.