Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Mini Thoughts:

Warning: This book may have you staying up way past your bedtime to finish it!

What did I just read? Wow! No wonder this book got such good ratings, but it will mess with your head.  You may need a stiff drink or two after or while reading this one!

Lowen is what I would call an extreme introvert.  She keeps to herself and doesn’t enjoy publicity.  She wants to turn down the ghost writing position to finish Verity’s series, but she doesn’t.

Once she arrives at the house things start getting weird.

Although Jeremy convinces her that Verity is bed bound, Lowen is sure she sees her at her window and at the top of the stairs.  That Verity is responsible for locking Lowen in her room and going through her things.

She is creeped out and works quickly so she can get out of the house and back to the city, but someone is keeping her there.

Then she finds the manuscript and this is where it gets interesting.  The trigger warnings for this book would be attempted at home abortion, child neglect, sexual encounters, and murder.

I could not put this book down! I was as addicted to reading what was in the manuscript as much as Lowen was.  A lot of it was hard to read, and your mouth may drop to the floor a few times.  Mine sure did.

This is not my first Colleen Hoover book.  What I’ve seen consistently from this author is that she likes going into detail about the characters sex life.

Book Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷

For the grand finale, this would pair nicely with Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.