My Rating: ★★★★★
Genre(s): Romantic suspense; Psychological Thriller
Format: eBook through Kindle
Plot: 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.
- I really fucking love thrillers, so for my favorite contemporary author to put out a thriller was A BIG DEAL FOR ME
- There was a twist, and there was ANOTHER FUCKING TWIST
- It was a book about writers, so that’s cool
- Colleen Hoover wrote it
- The memoir chapters were so. fucking. creepy
- I’m genuinely worried about Colleen and this picture:
- I don’t know which truth is the truth, and knowing Colleen, I NEVER FUCKING WILL
My Thoughts: Okay so I one-click pre-ordered this book literally the second I could, as I do. Colleen’s books always have the best twists and most fucked up emotional blows, and I knew this one was going to be just as good.
But I was not prepared for the shit I would read in this book.
I had a feeling that Verity was faking almost from the beginning. She was so obsessed with Jeremy, and so obsessed with his attention. I thought that maybe she was faking so that he would pay attention to her at all times, and so he would always be in her life. Like some Dom/Little shit except not sexual at all.
Verity is a sadistic bitch, and I was only half-right.
Text messages I sent while reading Verity included: “What the fuck”, “the crib part made me actually vomit”, “is Colleen fucking okay”, and “hey so you’re pregnant, don’t read this book”. And of course Colleen thinks this is hilarious, as proven by the Facebook post to the right:
I thought for sure that Jeremy was going to find the memoir and think that Lowen wrote some sort of sadistic book to taunt Verity or something like that, but then we found out HE ALREADY KNEW ABOUT THE DAMN BOOK and my mind was just completely blown. I’m honestly surprised he didn’t kill her sooner. Like what the actual fuck, you psychotic woman?
And then to just LEAVE THE BOOK WITH TWO TRUTHS AT THE END. I don’t know which to believe. Like part of me wants to believe that Verity was being fucked up just for the sake of a writing exercise. But at the same time, I’m like WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WRITES SHIT LIKE THIS??
And then I remember – Colleen fucking Hoover. That’s who.
There was just enough romance in this book to get a break from the therapy-inducing trauma this book inflicted on me, and I thought Jeremy’s son was a lot like my kid.
But honestly, I’m kind of wondering if Colleen is okay. There’s always one murderer in a group, and I think we’ve figured out that she might be it.