By: Colleen Hoover
Overall: Lowen is a young writer just starting out. Her books are not selling and she’s facing eviction from her apartment in NYC. Not to mention that her mother recently died. She is struggling. But, then she gets an amazing offer to ghost write for a very popular, successful, author Verity Crawford, who was recently in a very bad car accident. Lowen will be paid lots of money by the publisher to finish the remaining three books in the author’s popular series. So, Lowen accepts the job offer and moves into Verity Crawford’s beautiful home to being her research on how to begin writing the remaining books. Lowen already met Verity’s husband Jeremy at the publisher’s meeting in New York. (Actually, before the meeting, but that can’t be discussed right now.) After arriving at the large home, Lowen has to go through Verity’s office, which if filled with tons of notes, research, and books. As Lowen goes through all of Verity’s stuff in the office, trying to find any information on ideas for the new books, she instead finds an unfinished autobiography that Verity started, writing about the night she met her husband, and going on from there. Lowen is curious to find out more about the couple she is now working for and living with, and starts to read the diary/autobiography. She is shocked and horrified by what she reads! Verity admits to thinking and doing several very awful things. She explains how she killed her own daughter! Meanwhile, Verity is upstairs, living in the same house with them all. She is supposedly incapacitated from the accident, and can’t speak or move and is unaware of her surroundings. But, Lowen is noticing strange things that make her doubt whether Verity is faking her injuries. But, she would be crazy to mention her suspicions to anyone, right? Why would Verity be faking all that? As Lowen lives in the house, she spends time with the Jeremy and they start to fall for eachother. But, as Lowen reads more and more of the autobiography, and notices more strange happenings in the house, she is scared for her life. Should she just give up on this very lucrative job and get the heck out of that house? Should she go to the Police? Should she show Jeremy the terrifying autobiography that Verity wrote about their lives? Should she just try to convince Jeremy to run away with her? Should she try to confront Verity? Why even would Verity write down all her darkest thoughts and admit to all her horrifying crimes anyway?
Ovations: This book was so interesting and very well-paced. I just wanted to keep reading and reading to find out what happened next. It kept you on the edge of your seat while slowly revealing more troubling information to you! I was shocked when reading the very terrible and dark autobiography that Verity had written. I liked how the book went from Lowen’s “real world”, of living and working at the Crawford home, then would bring us back to the past in the life of Verity through the autobiography pages. There were so many layers to this story. It was a thriller, a love story, a mystery, it was suspenseful and dark … all in one book. You never knew where it was going next!
Oh Well: The only issue I had with the book was that if I had found the autobiography, and it was that juicy and revealing, I would have read the whole thing in one sitting! I would not read a little, and then just put it away, and continue to live in the house and be scared! That was not realistic at all. But, I understand it had to be written that way to make the book’s storyline. All the secrets could not be revealed at once, they had to come out slowly over time as she read the autobiography. But, in real life, a person would have read through the whole thing all at once!
Opinion: This was a suspenseful thriller like nothing I have ever read before! It was dark, twisted, creepy, clever, disturbing, surprising, unsettling and unique. You never knew where the book was going or how the story would end up. And where it does end up, well, even the ending is full of surprises and more questions. It stays a perplexing puzzle of mystery and questions the whole way through. This is a story that will stay with you, and keep you thinking about it even after you are done reading. This is a great thriller and I recommend you read it. Rating 9 out of 10