Wow! My thoughts are all over the place. I’ve read one other book by Colleen Hoover. “It Ends With Us” was an emotional read that I enjoyed. This probably wasn’t the best book to read right before I went to sleep. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. It’s all I could think about.
Author Lowen Ashleigh is on her way to a meeting when she witnesses a deadly car accident. A man asks her if she’s hurt. Lowen realizes he’s asking because evidence of the accident is all over her shirt. The impact of what she just witnessed hits her and she starts to feel light-headed. The man, Jeremy helps her clean up. He asks if she’ll be okay as he needs to get to a meeting. Lowen reassures him that she will be fine and they part ways.
Lowen and her agent, Corey are meeting with a publisher about a potential offer. They both must sign a non-disclosure agreement before the meeting begins. On the way to the elevator, Lowen runs into Jeremy again. His meeting is on the fourteenth floor which is also where Lowen’s meeting is scheduled to take place.
What are the odds?
When Lowen hears the offer she’s both stunned and wary. Jeremy’s wife is author, Verity Crawford. They are looking for an author to complete the remaining three books in Verity’s best-selling series. Verity is unable to finish them herself due to medical reasons. Although Lowen needs the money, she doesn’t think this will work for her. She hates social media, having to do meet and greets, and all the other things that go along with promoting a book.
But when Jeremy and Lowen speak again privately, their conversation ends with her accepting the offer…
This will change Lowen’s life in more ways than she can imagine.
Jeremy suggests that Lowen visit their home to see if she can find some of what she may need to get started in Verity’s office. Lowen is nervous about staying in their home, but she doesn’t have a lot of options at the moment. As she starts to go through Verity’s office she comes across a manuscript. Lowen isn’t sure if she should be reading it, but once she starts, she can’t stop. What Lowen reads shocks her to her very core.
This is one wild novel that goes places I never would have expected. The story-line had me gripped.
The opening (still makes me shudder) was rather gruesome but it pulled me in. I can’t even imagine how I would react in that situation.
Colleen Hoover knows how to create intense scenes with complex characters. There’s no shortage of drama and thrills in this novel. Some of the subject matter is very dark and there are also a lot of explicit sex scenes, so I understand that this book may not be for everyone.
In the words of Verity herself…
“There is no light where we’re going. This is your final warning. Darkness ahead”
A diabolical read about obsession, love, secrets, lies, manipulation, and revenge!