5 out of 5 stars!!!
I know I won’t be able to write this review without spoilers so that’s just a heads up for you.
Lowen has been taking care of her mom through the last stages of her life and when she finally loses her battle with cancer Lowen isn’t sure what to do with herself. As an author her books have done good but not great and now she’s wondering where she’s going to get the money for a new apartment if she doesn’t start a new book. He agent, who is also her ex, has set up a meeting with a new publisher but on her way there she witnesses a guy getting hit by a truck and when she tries to help him, she gets covered in his blood. A nice bystander that also witnesses it takes her into a bathroom and gives her the shirt off his back. Then come to find out, this stranger is going to be in the meeting with her. There she finds out that he wants her to co-author the rest of his wive’s books as she is unable to after having an accident. When Lowen moves into their house to start writing the new books, she automatically feels like something isn’t right and thinks that there’s more to Jeremy’s wife Verity that he doesn’t know about. After she finds a hidden manuscript that Verity wrote but never showed anyone, Lowen fears not only for her life but for Jeremy and Jeremy’s only surviving child Crew.
I don’t even know where to start with this book. I of course have read every single one of Colleen Hoover’s books and I have loved almost every single one of them but this one completely blew me away. I had no idea she could write mystery and suspense and thrills and oh my gosh it was so good. I felt terrible for Verity and her husband Jeremy in the beginning, losing 2 children to tragedy and then her getting in a car wreck that essentially meant she was a baby in a grown woman’s body. But then when the incident with Crew and the knife happened I started suspecting there was something sinister about Verity and that she might not be as hurt as she was letting on. Then it started getting to the nitty gritty of her manuscript and at times I literally felt ill and chilled to the bone. As a mother I sat there and wondered how in the world a mother could attempt to take the lives of her children while they were still in the womb and then proceed to kill both of them years later. That was honestly the most disturbing part was reading in detail how much she despised her children and imagining the things she could do to them to cause them harm.
And then I was thrown for a whole new loop when I got the ending. After Lowen shows Jeremy the manuscript for what she thinks is the first time, they devise a plan to kill her and make it look like an accident. Flash forward 7 months and Lowen is now pregnant with Jeremy’s child and they seem to be one perfect family, Jeremy, Crew, and her and a baby girl on the way. And then Lowen finds the letter hidden in the floorboards that says the entire manuscript was a fictionalized version of what really happened to her children and that Jeremy was driving the car that almost cost Verity her life because he had already seen the manuscript and wouldn’t let Verity explain that it was not true. WHAT!!! I was beyond in complete shock when I read that. But instead of telling Jeremy what she has discovered, Lowan doesn’t. She doesn’t want to ruin their new life and she’s not sure if what Verity wrote in the letter was true or if she was trying to save herself if her manuscript fell into the wrong hands.
I honestly could find nothing wrong with this book. Literally, nothing. I loved all of the characters and I absolutely loved the storyline and plot. I read this in less than 24 hours and holy moly it was amazing. I highly, highly hope that Colleen Hoover decides to write more books like this and hopefully she realizes how amazing she is at this new genre for her.