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.
It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with Colleen Hoover. She evokes so many feelings – feelings that I honestly didn’t know I had until I was hysterically bawling my eyes out at 1 o’clock in the morning (like All Your Perfects…OMG). Once I heard the Queen was going to release a legitimate psychological thriller, I started counting down the days until the release
That being said…what in the actual F*** did I just read??
|Going from romance and women’s fiction to a thriller is an extremely bold move, especially when you’re as well established of an author as Colleen Hoover. |
The ending is what sealed the deal for me because it was edgy, thought-provoking, challenging, and just plain twisted.
The structure of the store bounces between Lowen present day and Verity’s autobiography. The way that CoHo effortlessly bounced back a forth between the two completely different voices. Verity’s sections were so dark and bone-chilling, with some explicitly sexual content. In Lowen’s sections, the tension was completely tangible. My final opinion? This is a MUST READ. Period.
(Note: even though I -Kay- think this is definitely a must read, it definitely won’t be for everyone. Trigger warnings for a lot of violence – especially against children – and very graphic descriptions.)
CoHo… if by some weird chance you’re reading this – please, please, PLEASE continue to write like this periodically. I may need to start taking blood pressure medication as a result, but honestly that’s a consequence that I would be willing to live with.
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