Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for a copy in exchange for an honest review!
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.
Verity blew my freaking mind. I’ve tried her romances in the past but they just weren’t for me. There’s a reason why this book has been trending on social media for so long though. It’s the perfect psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out just what the hell is going on.
Lowen and Jeremy both have had their share of tragedies lately. She has just lost her mother to cancer and he has lost two daughters and his wife, Verity, was in a tragic accident that left her brain damaged. Verity was a very famous author with a penchant for writing dark stories from a villains perspective and her accident has left her unable to finish her book series. Enter Lowen who will be co-authoring the final three books of the series. Only when she moves into the family’s home to go through Verity’s notes she finds a dark and disturbing autobiography that makes Low question just how much of Verity her husband actually knew.
This book creeped me out in the best way. I didn’t know what to believe. You’re reading parts of this highly disturbing autobiography with Low and then she’s got these weird feelings and swears she’s seeing things while popping pills and drinking. To top it off she’s falling for Jeremy and it’s obvious he’s into her too meanwhile his disabled and not mentally there wife is upstairs. I questioned everything. Is Verity really a psycho? Is she still mentally all there? Is Low seeing things? And of course what about the husband? Because every true crime expert knows it’s always the husband? I didn’t know who to trust so I trusted none of them.
The ending was probably the most insane part of this story. Hope you don’t want answers tied up neatly in a pretty bow. This ending will leave you questioning your own sanity into the night. I don’t think it could’ve been ended any other way though. I’m still lingering on Jeremy though and just how he fits into this story because something about him just doesn’t sit right with me. Hoover should really stick with this genre and I hope she writes more like this in the future.