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The following is from Goodreads:
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.
It took me so much longer than it should have to read this book. I started it back in March, at the same time that I got Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I have been so consumed by that game that I was only picking this book up in small bursts. But honestly, I wish I read it quicker. If it hadn’t been for that game, I probably would have finished this book in a few days.
It’s not something that I normally read, being that it’s a romantic thriller. And it kind of made me uncomfortable as I was reading. So maybe it was a good thing that I read it so slowly. Because it seriously messed with my head, especially the last few chapters. I was on the edge of my seat. I was literally trying to read it faster in order to find out what was going to happen. But the ending still has me questioning what was actually the truth.
I think that the only reason I took off a star was because it took me so long to read, and I was relieved to be done with this book. Like I’ve been reading it for so long that it seemed like a chore to pick it up. But not because it was a bad book. It was actually the exact opposite. It was a fantastic book. The suspense was well-written. I felt my heart in my throat as I read the final chapters, and I was getting goosebumps as I got closer to the end.
I was invested in the characters and everything that was going on in their lives. I really liked the fact that there were chapters that were from Verity’s hidden manuscript. It gave a different perspective on what happened in the past between Verity and Jeremy. It brought to light so much that the reader wouldn’t have gotten if it wasn’t part of the story.
And I was seriously shipping the romance between Lowen and Jeremy pretty much from day one, and by the end of the book, I’m still not sure how I feel about Verity. I don’t know what’s actually the truth or not. The ending really messed with my head. It was creepy and extremely disturbing at times. I don’t know how I feel about it. But I do know it’s an ending I probably won’t forget any time soon.
If you’re interested in thrillers, then this is one you definitely want to pick up. Just be warned: don’t read it before you go to sleep. Not only will you want to read it all at once to find out what happens, but it also has some depictions of child abuse and some graphic violence.
So there you have it. If you read this book, what’d you think about it? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!