Colleen Hoover – 5/5 Stars
Read this if you:
· are a scaredy-cat but want to jump on the thriller book train
· are okay with reading a book that will make you think WTF every time someone mentions it
· have a tough stomach
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer who accepts a job completing the remaining books in a series by her favourite author, Verity Crawford. Lowen arrives at the family home and gets to work going through all of the notes and outlines Verity has accumulated over the years. What she finds instead is an unfinished autobiography started by Verity that included horrifying admissions, including what happened on the day her daughter died. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript from Verity’s husband Jeremy but as her feelings for him start to develop, she begins to realize how much she would gain from him reading it.
My thoughts on the book:
Okay as the biggest scaredy-cat on the planet, I’m so glad I can actually talk about a thriller! This book was not terrifying but I definitely lost some sleep. As usual, CoHo killed it on the romance side of things, and I felt as though the love story that was developing helped keep me from totally freaking out. I also found the characters to be so complex, it was difficult to guess how the plot was going to move. The main character, Lowen, was a bit of a snake but not in a way that was unlikeable. I felt as though all of her actions were justified even if they were questionable morally.
This book had so many twists and turns, it was impossible to guess the ending. From the insane first line, “I hear the crack of his skull before the spattering of the blood reaches me”, all the way to the last page, the entire story was a total rollercoaster.
I have to say, some of the details in the manuscript were really difficult to read (even as someone without children) so definitely take caution if you’re easily affected by descriptions of abuse!