Author- Colleen Hoover
Genre- thriller, suspense
POV- first person, present tense. It switches back and forth between Lowen/Laura and another character I won’t say here.
Trigger- child death. I don’t like to think about the situation with Chastin and Harper
Similar Books/Comps– The Silent Patient
My emotions- freaked out (in a good way, I think)
The depressing vibe of the novel was done well but hard to get through. It feels like I’m being buried alive. This story was messed up, psychotic, creepy & brilliant. Read this if you’re interested in chills, yuckiness, and disturbing vibes that make you need to watch a happy episode of FRIENDS as recovery before going to bed. The only reason why it didn’t get 5 stars was because of a thing written at the end that changed the feeling and felt too forced. No spoiler
Characters– I love that there’s a book within a book and when characters in books are authors
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 the night her family was forever altered.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents could 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 loving her.
Best part- cliffhangers
What I’d change- parts about“the letter”- I can’t say anymore
Quote- This feels like foreshadowing- “… all from the villain’s point of view. How can one brain have that much creativity?”
Pacing- I read this in one day