Last night, after an entire day of basically scrolling through this book on my phone (I honestly do not miss physical books, don’t hate me), I finally finished it. And the whirlwind of emotions that came after were just as intense as the ones I felt while I was reading it. Imagine, I actually dreamt about this book!
Now, I can’t get it out of my head and I still feel a little bit disturbed. Although it’s not actually a horror book, it’s still giving me the creeps and the chills.
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.
Okay, so let’s backtrack a little bit. Remember this book? Yeah, that one. I was reviewing it on Goodreads when I noticed this one review from another user. She gave it (the other book, not Verity) 3 stars and made a comment that unless a mystery book is written by Colleen Hoover, she wouldn’t like it.
I was taken aback a little because I had no idea that Colleen wrote a mystery novel. I’ve read almost every single one of her published books but all of them were romance novels¹. It’s a good thing that this person included the title of the book in her review so I knew immediately what to look for.
Not sure what I was expecting though, because like I keep saying, I don’t like reading the synopsis or other people’s reviews.
At first, I was a little confused and was starting to question if it was indeed a mystery because there really was no inclination that it was…or maybe I was just missing something. But I read through and my god, I could not put the damn thing down. Even while I was cooking, I was reading (thank god I didn’t burn the food or myself or the house).
The story was so fast-paced so it was pretty easy to read, like every other Colleen Hoover book. But this was so dark and thrilling and maybe a little bit erotic because there were tons of sex scenes—like tons (which is probably why this is more aptly referred to as a romance thriller rather than a mystery).
It wasn’t like any other mystery, suspense-thriller book out there. This was different—for me, at least. Even after I’ve read the last page, I still had a lot of questions (I guess that’s why I dreamt about this in the first place…my subconscious wanted answers). And yes, if you’re someone who doesn’t like open endings, you might not like this. But for me, it was the perfect way to end the story because it’s haunting.
I don’t wanna give away too much information because I might end up spoiling the book for you but listen, it’s a great book. It’s a book that I would gladly and proudly recommend to anyone (Odee, if you’re reading this, read it now!!!).
Colleen Hoover’s gonna take you for a roller coaster ride with this one. Now, I just need some light-hearted book to get me through the day. Or maybe I need to resume watching Younger or The Bold Type. Those should take the haunting thoughts away.
My Mystery Week Book #2: Verity by Colleen Hoover. (Not sure if I can actually manage to post a book review for the rest of the week but here’s to hoping.)
It’s Mystery Week on Goodreads and I’ve decided to join in on the fun and feature/review some Mystery novels on this blog for an entire week.
Check out my 2020 Reading Challenge — a growing list of books that I read this year.
¹Erratum: I completely forgot about the Never Never series that Colleen Hoover co-wrote with Tarryn Fisher. It deserved to be forgotten, though, because goddamnit that was such a horrifying series of “mystery” novels. The ending was so horrible that now that I’m reminded of it, I wanna pluck my brains out and erase it from my memory. It’s a good thing that Colleen redeemed herself with this.