Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: December 7th, 2018
“Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.”
“What you read will taste so bad at times, you’ll want to spit it out, but you’ll swallow these words and they will become part of you, part of your gut, and you will hurt because of them.”
Wow, was this a tense read. I’m so glad I took a chance on this. Colleen Hoover is pretty hit-or-miss for me, but this was just the kind of steamy thriller I was looking for.
Lowen Ashleigh is an anxiety-ridden, little-known author who sleepwalks and is just recovering from the death of her sick mother. Low on cash and about to be evicted from her apartment, Lowen receives the offer of a lifetime: to be a ghostwriter for a massively successful author, Verity Crawford, who is unable to write after crashing her car into a tree. Lowen is hesitant, but accepts when faced with the money. She soon arrives at the eerie Crawford mansion to look through Verity’s paper-strewn office. A couple of days turns into a couple of weeks, and Lowen finds herself growing closer and closer to the brain-dead Verity’s grieving husband. But as Lowen digs deeper into Verity Crawford’s work, she finds herself learning dark secrets about the family’s past.
“It’s what you do when you’ve experienced the worst of the worst. You seek out people like you…people worse off than you…and you use them to make yourself feel better about the terrible things that have happened to you.”
This book is twisted, and not at all what I expected from Colleen Hoover. Even though I knew that this would deviate from her usual emotional romance novels, it still came as a shock. This book is tense and chilling. I had the constant feeling that something bad was about to happen. As if I was watching a horror movie, I wanted to cover my eyes, but I couldn’t peel them away. I devoured this book in less than two days.
If you are looking for a genuine romance, this isn’t it, but there are plenty of steamy scenes. I hope Colleen Hoover writes more books like this in the future, because even though romance is her niche, she has a real knack for writing suspense/thriller novels. The characters are a little older in Veritythan in her other books (the main character is 32) which was also a change.
The only reason I’m giving this book four stars instead of five is because I found the ending to be a little bit…unbelievable. I had a hard time understanding certain character motivations, and I think that made it a little less plausible in my mind. There were a few questions to be answered and a few plot holes to be filled. Still, it was a thoroughly enjoyable book all the way until the very last page. I may need to sleep with the lights on tonight.