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A number-one best seller in several categories with over 14,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads.
From the number-one New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Colleen Hoover comes "A stand-alone romantic thriller that is tragic, creepy, and brilliant!" (Mel Reader Reviews)
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 best-selling 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.
Sexy. Twisted. Consuming.
Due to graphic scenes and mature content, this book is recommended for listeners 18+.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 10 minutes|
|Narrator||Vanessa Johansson, Amy Landon|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 07 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #96 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in Canada on January 28, 2022
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By Karry-Anne Godden on January 28, 2022
The novel follows Lowen Asleigh, a struggling author, who’s in a dire financial state. She’s gotten an eviction notice for her apartment and doesn’t have a new manuscript to sell to publishers, having spend most of her time caring for her terminally ill mother. Then she gets an offer of a lifetime. Bestselling Verity Crawford has gotten badly injured in car accident and her husband, Jeremy Crawford, wants Lowen to finish her popular novel series. Desperate to keep a roof over her head, Lowen accepts. She comes over to the Crawford’s secluded house in Virginia to go through Verity’s notes and outlines for future novels. Instead, she stumbles upon Verity’s unfinished autobiography detailing disturbing thoughts and chilling admissions, including a confession of what really happened the day Verity and Jeremy’s daughter died. Should Lowen show the autobiography to Jeremy, who’s a devoted to his injured wife and oblivious to her true character? Or keep it to herself and not devastate an already grieving father and husband?
I honestly didn’t know much more than that going into this novel and I feel like that really is the best way of experiencing it. Go into this blind and the reveals and admissions will horrify you.
There were parts that difficult for me to read, that left me feeling sick to my stomach. And yet, I couldn’t stop reading out of morbid curiosity. I needed to know what will happen next. How will it end? And yes, the ending shocked me more than the whole book. It left me second guessing everything I thought knew leading up to it. And yet, it fits so well!
My opinions on the characters changed from like to hate and hate to like by the time the novel ended. I won’t say who I liked and disliked for that will spoil it (and I will want readers going into this blind!). But I will say this, there are two points of views in this novel, Lowen’s and Verity’s, and they’re very distinct from each other. The pacing didn’t drag or feel rushed, it felt even, just perfect.
Do yourself a favour and don’t read this at night like I did. I really regretted it because I was freaking out and unable to sleep. This story is definitely going to haunt me.
I hadn’t had the opportunity to read Verity until this past weekend when some Twitter friends and I agreed to read it together so we could talk about it after (and boy do I need to talk about this after!) This book was so dark and disturbing!
The first line was top-notch. Like… what an opener! It immediately draws you in and doesn’t let go. It puts you straight into the action and leaves your mind spinning, in this case after just fourteen words. Mind. Blown.
Verity is an example of a story within a story. The main character, Lowen, is an author—and don’t let that cliché fool you. This book was written astonishingly well. Lowen is hired as a co-writer to a hugely famous author, Verity Crawford, who is incapacitated and cannot finish out the remaining three of her six book deal. Lowen must get inside Verity’s head somehow so she can write the last three books as closely to her writing style and authorial voice as possible. To do that, she’s invited to stay at Verity’s house with her husband, Jeremy, and son, Crew, to go through her office and study her notes.
But Lowen finds a manuscript… an autobiography of sorts… and she learns much more about Verity than she ever thought she would—or wanted to. It’s a deeply personal and intimate account of big life events and the things that led up to them. And the more Lowen reads, the more she’s disturbed. And what’s more, she starts experiencing really creepy things around the house that make her question not only Verity’s sanity, but also her own. By the end of the story, I was blown away.
The twists at the end of this book are incredible!
By the time I was finished reading, my jaw was dropped, my eyes were bulging out of their sockets, and I just wanted to talk about it, but it was 2am! I now know what everyone else was talking about when they said this book is bone-chilling and dark. I highlighted so many lines that stuck out, and there’s one in particular in Verity’s biography that will stay with me (but I’m not going to tell you what it is!)
The character voice was strong, the line-level writing was superb, and I was thoroughly disquieted (and I mean that in the best possible way, because I love dark thrillers!)
The ending will have you questioning everything, and I absolutely love books that do that. Stories that make me think about them long after I’ve read the last word on the page.
I absolutely recommend this book to any fellow dark and disturbing thriller lovers. But be forewarned: when I say it’s disturbing… I mean it’s disturbing, especially as a mother. And as someone who lived with a sociopath for almost a decade, there are some eerily familiar feelings I experienced while reading.
Colleen Hoover is a new-to-me author, and I will not hesitate to read more of her books.
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I hate romance novels as they don’t really reflect real life - they are far too convenient - woman meets handsome man, they fall in love and it’s all perfect - and they really undermine the idea that women can live happy fulfilled lives without being in a relationship at all times. Anyway, I hate romance and this is really just a romance with a slightly odd twist to it.
I’m glad it s a short book as it meant I didn’t waste more than a day on it and it’s safe to say I won’t be reading any more “CoHo” books ever again!
Here comes the spoiler....
Crew is plain old creepy but always kept in the background. What would have been a nail bitten ending was if he tipped the boat. If instead of his butter knife incident, he could have blamed it on the visitor.
But no. This book is as "shocking" as the lables on orange juice are "vegetarian".
At least here in the UK they feel the need to let buyers know that in this bottle of 100% organically squeezed oranges...that there is NOT a single drop of blood. That's nice of them, if I were a moron.
Not to be so cruel to just one nation... we live in a time when the professionals feel it is necessary to print out instructions on a box of Pop-Tarts!
If you enjoy reading books, but are ironically looking up on Google the vegetarianess of a box of fruit juice- then this book might just be your cuppa!
I'm not going to say that I enjoyed the diary excerpts; they are deeply, deeply disturbing. However, they felt real and whilst I certainly couldn't empathise with the person behind them, they are very good at forcing you to see through her eyes at the world. It is frightening at points and it is easy to get sucked into the fear and the disgust that Lowen is feeling. Characterisations are generally quite well done, although the gratuitous and constant sex became tedious rather quickly. I felt like I was getting to know all of the characters, with all their faults and whilst I wouldn't want to go on holiday with any of them, they definitely felt real. Each and every one of these characters is flawed and each and every one feels utterly real.
It is also a realistic glimpse at the very nature of grief and loss without ever becoming preachy, with all three adult characters grieving for someone close to them in very different ways. The concept of grieving for someone who you don't particularly like all that much is also woven into the narrative quite well, and how that gives a different but no less raw experience. I did however think more could have been done with the child; at times he seemed to be there just for the cuteness factor and his reactions and interpretations of what is going on could have been utilised to a far greater extent. I liked the kid, but that's all that I can say about him. He's in therapy, then he's not in therapy, he doesn't mention the girls and he loves his mother and he's back in therapy. There's no emotional pull with him though, it's all surface platitudes.
A full star gets knocked off however due to the constant use of sex as a blunt implement throughout this novel. It's almost every other page and it got really boring. If it's not Verity being screwed by Jeremy in her diary, it's Lowen thinking about screwing Jeremy or actually screwing Jeremy. I'm no prude and I have no issue with sexual content in books, but the over-reliance on it here really did work against it. I could see that it was part of how Hoover is building Verity's character, but it did very little for me. It's a pity because otherwise I flew through this dark and nasty book at a rate of knots, desperate to find out just what was going on and just as confused and horrified as Lowen.