I’m reposting my book reviews from the old site as I get some spare time. Here is no. 1 – probably my favourite romantic suspense from the past couple of years.
This book! I don’t even know where to begin. It is Rebecca, Jane Eyre, Medea, The Turn of the Screw and Single White Female in one book but also none of those things.
It contains everything I don’t like about a book – a too-gross, bloody first page or two (read on, the graphic violence is not repeated), writers as narrators, cheating (sort of), crimes that involve children (although these are not really detailed too graphically), sex scenes that are far too explicit for my liking, an ambiguous ending and yet … and yet I couldn’t put it down.
It also leaves you guessing till the very end, and leaves you feeling worried about the fate of a very unlikeable heroine and a ‘hero’ who I was not personally all that fond of. You are drawn into this net and you just drown in angst and it is AWESOME 🙂
To sum up: Verity takes the idea of dysfunctional families to a whole new level, and contains some very interesting insights about what it means to be a woman, a wife, a mother, and a writer. I say read it. But be warned that there are trigger warnings galore and it is definitely not a book for everyone. Also, do note that this is the first Colleen Hoover book I have read but apparently her others are very different.
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.