ARC Review + Giveaway: Six Feet Under by Whitney Barbetti

Posted April 25, 2018 by roastedr in New Releases, Reviews / 0 Comments

Release Date: April 25, 2018

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Photo Credit: Max Eremine


Six Feet Under is one of those books that are going to stick with you- it wasn’t this sappy love story, it wasn’t even a happily ever after (hello holy cliffhanger!) but it was real, honest, raw, gut wrenching and quite an experience.

Mira suffers from mental illness and addiction. She has never been loved, has no idea how to truly function in society, and can’t seem to keep her shit straight for more than 24 hours. I don’t think I have ever read a book that seemed so real. You could feel the pain of Mira, the main character of the book. She doesn’t make excuses for herself, but she fights. Mira was extraordinary- I loved how much she tried. I loved how real she felt when she failed. I loved how hard she loved, no matter how much she didn’t say it or know how to act about it. I really felt like Whitney did an amazing job of walking us through an everyday life with someone who has a mental illness. I loved how the book spanned over 10 years and how you really felt like you grew with Mira. I was proud of her when she started trying, not only for herself but for others. I cried with her when she made mistakes, I even felt her pain when the voices got too loud. It was truly a unique experience, one that might have left me exhausted at the end of it, but I was so glad I was able to read this book.

Six is a little more mysterious than Mira, mainly because he was sort of aloof. But he cared and he was there when he needed to be. The glimpses we do get of him are good, but there are times when I wanted to slap him! I was praying that while Mira was a stepping stone for other people, that Six would not be her stepping stone. They worked- they fit SO well together. I loved how he cooked her mother fucking eggs and bacon. I loved that he saw the good in her when no one else did. I loved that while he had his own stuff going on, he was always there for her. I hope we get to know him more in the next book.

The ending completely ripped my heart apart. The cliffhanger was not where I was expecting this story to go at all, and just as a warning, there is a sneak peak at the end. I can’t pass up a sneak peak, but some might not want to read it because it will shatter your heart all over again.

Overall I give this book 5 stars because the story was well written, as painful at times as the story was, I really did enjoy the heck out of it. I thought the depth of the plot, the realness of the characters and the glimpse into a life or world I know nothing about was haunting, yet so satisfying. Love can be scary, love can be dark. It isn’t always beautiful, but it’s real and it is what draws people together. I thought this book did a great job of capturing true love, real life and touched on topics that are somewhat difficult, but done so perfectly that it was nothing short of amazing.



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.




Coming Soon


Release Date: May 9, 2018

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Photo Credit: Alexander Kuzmin Photography





Six was always there, even when I didn’t want him.

But he couldn’t hold me together, and I couldn’t be his penance.

Loss is a phantom limb. No one can see it, but the ache torments you in the night, distracts you during the day, and leaves you fragmented. I’m half a heart, half a soul, and nothing could cure the pieces he’d left behind.

Losing him was safer than loving him. Because the love that kept us coming back again and again was nothing short of madness.

But then, isn’t mad love the most honest?





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About the Author


Whitney Barbetti is really, truly awful at writing in the third person, so we’re just going to change this bio up a bit and write it as first person.

I am married with two boys. When I’m not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don’t even like coffee.

I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite.

I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope.

I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.

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Six Feet Under (Mad Love Duet – Book 1)

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Pieces of Eight (Mad Love Duet – Book 2) – available 5/9

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