Colleen Hoover | Published December 2018
Book 1 of 42 (2020)
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.
First read book of 2020!! Its too bad I’m posting the review in late February but, I’m already working on my timeliness, for sure! Life is happening but, this too is important and fulfilling. We should all be sure to make time for what positively feeds our soul.
Verity was an excellent read and the first I’ve read of the author. I’ve since added several more of her books to my TBR pile on GoodReads.
Though I haven’t looked, I’m certain this fits squarely in the ever popular psychological thriller category. In my humble opinion thrillers of any sort only work when combined with some other elements, more than one if possible. This one gives us mystery and romance, with maybe a dash of soft erotica because the author writes a good sex scene, for sure.
Verity is a successful writer, married to a gorgeous man, Jeremy, successful in his own right, when tragedy strikes and she’s left paralyzed. Previously mentioned gorgeous man and Verity’s publishing house, decides to choose another writer to finish/co-write her popular series. Its a win-win for Lowen, the co-writer chosen, because her life is basically, in the can. Her own stories don’t sell, she’s been dumped by a man thats little more than casual sex, and she’s being evicted from her dump apartment. You guessed it, Lowen is our calamity princess. All psychological thrillers have one and how they are written is what typically drives me away from reading them. The super victimized/downtrodden characters storyline goes on far longer than I can tolerate or deem believable. At some point, I think, you become less a victim and more an active participant in your addiction to suffering and stupidity. #aWord
Lowen is different. Jeremy, the husband, invites her to stay in the family home in order to have easy access to Verity’s office and notes. Immediately, something seems off to her and as she learns more about Verity, the relationship with her husband and family, Lowen actively trues to put an end to the farce.
Pros: The story has a great romantic twist as we learn the love story of Verity and her husband as well as Lowens developing feelings for Jeremy. The thriller/who-dun-it twist is about Lowen trying to understand how Verity ended up paralyzed and how the children were involved. Was the husband at fault? Really a great story with several twists, right up to the end.
Cons: If I’m being picky, the opening scene with Lowen and Jeremy is farfetched and seems out of place but, i think its meant to establish a connection between the two of them before the story really begins. It also lends to us understanding Lowen is a wreck and he’s a gentleman.
Overall, the story is the telling of Verity and Jeremy’s love story..from several perspectives. In the end, you’ll need to choose side. 😜 #GoodBook Book 1 of 42.