Release date: December 7, 2018
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.
I know I’ve said it before, but when an author takes a chance and writes outside of their usual genre and takes some risks to do I am always so impressed. It must be scary and nerve wracking especially if you’re already a super successful writer like CoHo, but damn this woman can write one hell of a thriller, it was amazing you guys!
Verity uses one of my favorite techniques, there’s a book within a book and when this is done right, it can be so intriguing and it was executed to perfection here. The main story follows Lowen as she attempts to begin writing the rest of the books in a successful authors series. She’s staying at Verity’s house and using her office and that’s where she finds a manuscript, the book inside the book. These chapters were my favorite part and if you’ve read this, you know that may say something about me 😜 BUT they were just really compelling and I felt like it propelled the book forward in such a killer way.
CoHo went dark here, I mean super dark. I know some of her romances have dealt with some heavy issues but this was some next level shit. If you like disturbing, nasty thrillers this will be right up your alley! I’m so impressed by this, I really hope Hoover continues to walk on the dark side, because that ending!! Holy cow, it was so strong, a head spinning whirlwind and I love that everyone who reads it will interpret it a bit differently. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it that tells you anything, a must read for thriller fans!
Verity in three words: Disturbing, Slick and Mind-blowing.
Overall rating: 5/5