Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job 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 started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night her family was forever altered.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its content could devastate the already-grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognises 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 loving her…
Thank you so much to Gemma at Little Brown for my gifted copy of Verity, I may have dropped a hint or two after really enjoying It Ends With Us and It Starts With Us very recently. I know I am very late to the #CoHo party but I was surprised how much I enjoyed the two aforementioned romance novels and I was intrigued to read this thriller.
What a read Verity is. The description is pretty thorough so I won’t retell the story line but let me say, this book has some sinister vibes. Injured in a car accident Verity appears to be suffering with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, she can respond to basic stimulation; blinking, being fed but is incommunicative and appears unaware of her surroundings. Finding her draft autobiography Lowen learns about the woman before the accident and frankly this account does not make for a comfortable read.
Meanwhile the ever appealing Jeremy and Lowen grow closer. Now Hoover writes great romantic fiction, and that chemistry that she captures so well is all too evident as our two protagonists live under the same roof while Lowen researches the novels she has been commissioned to write.
This book was packed full of tension, sexual tension and the more creepy, sinister kind and it was such a gripping read. I enjoyed the beautiful characters Hoover created and the escapist aspect of the story, but I do think she has transitioned very well to thriller writer and there were bits in this book that seriously creeped me out. The ending was nothing short of magnificent and I was thrilled by the gleeful twist that was thrown in.
Fun fiction in the romance and thriller genres, it seems to me that Hoover can do not wrong and her books don’t fail to entertain, which is what we want in fiction right? Definitely recommending this one and wondering what #CoHo book I should pick up next? Any suggestions welcome – what is your favourite?
About the Author
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of multiple novels and novellas, including It Ends With Us. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys and is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.