BY COLLEEN HOOVER
“I needed for the imaginary version of my world to be darker than my real world. Otherwise, I would have wanted to leave them both.”Colleen Hoover
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 a suspense! This book is a roller-coaster of stress and nail biting. Books about mysteries inside people’s homes give me the creeps! This was very well-written and I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up till 3am because I simply had to finish it. In the end my brain was mush and I can form an opinion because the ending leaves you wondering….what really happened?
WHAT I LIKED:
– The chills I got from Verity (the character, not the book) were stressful…but in a good way. In a way that makes your heart speed, makes you stop for a minute to breathe and makes you gasp.
– Her husband was an incredibly likeable character.
– The end of each chapter was written in a way that I couldn’t simply put it down to do something else. I needed more answers right away.
– The romance between the characters was the perfect balance for the creeper scenes. In a minute you were gasping and closing your eyes with shock and the other you were smiling at the chemistry and love scenes between the characters.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
– The child abuse was too graphic. This isn’t really a bad criticism but it was something that really upsets me. Being a mother myself, my heart bled for those children. I just wanted to jump inside the book and protect them of all that evil.
– The ending was bittersweet. I loved the ending but also hated it. I love how that ending left me wondering what really happened with that family but I also hated that I will never find out.
Read this book! But avoid reading it at night, otherwise you won’t sleep much. I had a nightmare that same night about the book and my daughter and it was awful. It’s not for the faint of heart but I’ll definitely recommend this for fans of thrillers and suspense. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
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