Wow! I've liked Colleen Hoover's contemporary romances going back to Slammed, so when I saw she'd branched out to write a suspense romance as an indie project, I was interested. Lowden Ashleigh is a struggling writer who is chosen to write the last three books of a best-selling series by Verity Crawford. Verity was in a car accident and is basically brain-dead. Her husband, Jeremy, is her caretaker along with hired nurses. Verity and Jeremy have a four-year-old son, having lost their twin girls before Verity's accident.
Lowden comes to their house in Vermont so she can organize Verity's notes and outline the next books. She finds a secret memoir written by Verity that shows a completely different person than the outward facade she's displayed to the world. While horrified at Verity's true persona, Lowden also is attracted to Jeremy. Meanwhile, weird things are happening, and Lowden becomes more and more suspicious.
I didn't want to put this book down. If you liked DuMaurier's Rebecca, there are some vibes here that are very similar though this book is a lot steamier. This book keeps you guessing right to the end. I can't recommend it enough.
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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 their family was forever altered.
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.
A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.