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.
by Colleen Hoover
5-stars to Colleen freakin’ Hoover for this “can’t-put-downable” epic thriller! She took this new genre by storm and Verity just proves what a brilliant mastermind she is! Ya’ll…seriously, I just can’t even with this story! I finished it at 2am this morning because apparently once you start this book you’re gonna need to finish it like ASAP despite the fact you have to be up early the next day or that you’re freaked the crap out over the plot of this novel. Ya’ll, with each Colleen book I feel all the feelings, but do you want to know what I felt the most while reading Verity…nausea. Yep, you heard me right, I was nauseous throughout this entire story. I just knew something was amiss, well more than the book let on, and after finishing it I’m stuck in WTF mode!
“I needed to please him. I needed to be what made him smile, breathe, wake up in the mornings. And for a while, I was. He loved me more than he loved anything or anyone. I was his sole reason for living. Until he discovered the one thing that meant more to him than I did.”
Colleen has alway had a way of connecting readers and characters. She brings them into this relationship where we, the readers, are obsessed with the them, always wanting more, and with Verity that did not change. She is the queen of creating personalities that one can, not only enjoy, but relate to on some level, even if we don’t want to admit it entirely. Lowen and Verity are two women who have so much in common and I think Hoover creates their stories in a way that you cannot have one without the other. You don’t want to like Verity, but you’re intrigued by her…captivated by the person she portrays herself as in her manuscript. Lowen is someone who’s easily likable and you can’t help but cheer for. Colleen made it to where I freakin’ enjoyed the “other” woman and she literally had me questioning my own morals!
The plot itself was amazingly well written and enchanting in a hauntingly beautiful, I-can’t-look-away-from-this-train-wreck kind of way. Readers will be pulled in from the start and questioning everything they just read by the end. Hoover is vividly descriptive in this story and it really brings out the suspense within it. The romantic aspect was there and it fit well with the overall plot and how things played out. Usually when you have a romantic suspense the romance is kind of just thrown in there haphazardly just to be able to describe the book as romantic, but Colleen does it in a way that fits with the story and where it is going.
Overall, this book surpassed even my expectations of a great Colleen Hoover book and believe me, to me, Colleen is queen. I’m shocked, still a little nauseous, but most of all in awe of Colleen’s writing. She proves time and time again that her words are magic.