Audience: Adult romance, thriller
Length: 314 pages
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Independently published
Release Date: December 10th, 2018
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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. DID. I. JUST. READ.
I have read the darkest book I believe I will ever read.
“I hear the crack of his skull before the spattering of blood reaches me.”
I mean, I cringed at the first sentence as the mental image ran through my head! That was only the beginning for the maliciously wicked book.
I sat there moments after finishing not knowing what I had read. I haven’t read any CoHo books in awhile, but picked this up for the different nature from her usual NA romances. AH, I am finding it hard to put this review into words.
So much happened. My heart was racing and I could only focus on finishing this (which I did in hours). That’s how intense things became. I thought I had figured out where the book was going, and I thought I was right, until I got to the ending. I love unreliable characters making morally iffy choices.
Whoa. If you have anything for romance thrillers, try this one out.
But please, this book is not for the faint of heart. CoHo wrote a completely unpleasant story that is a lot to take.
Overall audience notes:
- Adult romance thriller
- Language: a lot: cursing, vulgar, slurs, etc.
- Violence: physical, murder (in various forms, but don’t want to spoil!)
- Romance: a LOT of sex & very very (too much honestly) descriptive
- Trigger warnings: death of a child, death of a parent, car accident, attempting to abort, child abuse