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.
Firstly I would like to say Verity is an attention seeking psycho.
Usually, a lot of women tend to be attention seekers, jealous, or complain a lot, or they can be direct and honest usually.
I was not sure much about what this book was about going into it however. Lowen- weird introduction it feels as if the author is trying too hard to capture the readers attention by duping into the thriller scene with the main character nearly getting into an accident right before a meeting cross over with romance where the man that “saves” her is actually the stranger she is about to have this meeting with.
Straight away when you hear that his ill wife cannot write her own novels and all of the tragedies that accompanies Verity – a famous writer I think red flags about this character automatically because each of her children keep ending up dying in the oddest of situations. Then she feels too bad and tries to off herself. This is my intake by page 40 before I will even continue this review. It just seems very strange for a famous writer to have this much bad things happen to her after she’s famous and thinks this Lowen has similar writing and it’s within her field it is as if she’s screaming out for more attention that is hidden between the lines.
As Lowen begins to contemplate being a co-writer she fears gaining publicity and so forth by becoming successful. I find her to be a hypocrite because why would you become a writer if you are fearing being acknowledged for your work, that is the point of being a writer – putting yourself out there. Earlier on she had complained she isn’t successful enough to have money and sales. Uhm, money and sales are linked to your books being successful, make up your mind woman! Lowen thought a kid was an “asshole” because he ran away and he was quiet. Really? A kid cannot be scared just as much as she is and automatically she assumes that much from an innocent child?
You’re naturally loving the baby you made so it is unconditional. You cannot simply say it’s unconditional to love your partner their not your blood it’s technically conditional.
By the end of the novel there is a massive twist. However given what we know of Verity’s personality I think it is pretty consistent given all the facts that we already have and it was just put in there to make us question what we already know.
I didn’t like the way Lowen got ‘her way’ at the end when the situation unfolds, she clearly knew what she was doing. But I don’t agree that her and Verity are similar as she didn’t have evil intentions. The ending of the novel makes it seem as if everything you have just read is utterly pointless. Another reason why I think the plot twist was just that, a twist, not necessarily the truth. Lowen had basically came from pretty much nothing at the start of the novel. Throughout the novel she was willing to leave the whole place behind so she did not have a vendetta as some would say she had. She was broke and needed the money as her books where not selling. By being a co-author she would have to face up to some fears but she did not anticipate the creepy spookiness of a ‘coma’ person spooking her about the place.
Hoover’s novels tend to always be about tragedies and nothing else, can there at least be something different because she tends to think that this is the only way to keep a reader entertained.
It is a gripping read I will admit and I recommend it if you are looking for a twist that does have you wanting to find out more. I read this within 48 hours.