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Summary

A number-one best seller in several categories with over 14,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads. 

From the number-one New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Colleen Hoover comes "A stand-alone romantic thriller that is tragic, creepy, and brilliant!" (Mel Reader Reviews

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 best-selling 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 the night their family was forever altered. 

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. 

Sexy. Twisted. Consuming. 

Due to graphic scenes and mature content, this book is recommended for listeners 18+.

©2018 Colleen Hoover (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Not for me

I don't read psychological thrillers very often but I was intrigued by the set up of this novel. The narrators were good and the story is fast paced and absorbing. The book has an interesting structure (book within a book) and some of the twists were interesting but the plot was too predictable. I also found the characters shallow and unlikeable. Their actions were not believeable in the least.

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  • 17-05-19

Don't believe the hype.

Not sure how this received so many 5 star reviews. I found the plot completely implausible and the characters deeply unlikeable. I had figured out the twists well ahead of their reveals. I persevered through this book on the strength of the reviews but wish I hadn't. I found the mills and boon sex scenes far too frequent and unnecessary also. Returned for a refund.

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Too dark

There are some very dark moments in this book which I couldn’t get over and felt disgusted. I wish I hadn’t read it. The voice over for the husband was very irritating.

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Do not understand the hype at all

Thought it was a weak story, boring. One dimensional characters and as if author got bored and quickly added the most far fetched ending to escape it. Really do not understand the hype about this book. Disappointed.

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Didn't live up to its promise

This book started so well. The tension kept ramping up and I was really enjoying the whole concept. So much so I was prepared to overlook the fact, which usually annoys me, that the players in the story existed in a vacuum. No friends and no family, the occasional mention of a person outside of the immediate action was soon dispensed with. No relationship with parents, or mothers and fathers dying unusually young. All was going well and then we get to the ending. And I was disappointed. Ms Hoover took the easy path and I really thought from the preceding chapters that she wasn't going to do that. Why? Ms Hoover can obviously write and kept the pace and tension nice and tight through the whole book. What a shame - to be promised so much but ultimately not to deliver.

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Incredibly captivating

Fantastic could not stop listening everything you need in a book, suspense, sex, murder and so much more. Twists and turns. A stunningly written book. Will be checking out other work

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mostly just a vehicle for sex scenes

This story sets up an intriguing storyline. A ghost writer (who happens to be young and beautiful, of course she is, there are no ugly heroines in storyland) gets a commission to finish work by a catatonic writer, whose husband is also young and beautiful. Whilst there she finds a manuscript ostensibly written by the catatonic writer. unfortunately not much happens thereafter. except lots of sex, and lots of descriptions of sex. there is no intrigue around the husband which is a massive missed opportunity to write a ‘is he good or bad’ character, and the children and nurses have no personalities at all. the circumstances that keep the main character at the house are contrived indeed, and it bothered me that she never got around to doing any of the ghost writing she had been employed to do as she was too busy spying on the wife, and chasing the husbands tail. then the denouement is rushed, also contrived, and very far fetched indeed. Im not returning it, its just about worth a credit, but really is all rather silly tbh.

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wow,what a book, colleen has you hooked from the first few sentences,the characters, the tragedy, the twists & turns that make you think you know how its going to end,until the very last page.beware this book is cruel and nothing is what it seems. you'll cry,laugh and then question how. but read it,it's a truly good listen/read.

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Exciting, suspense

This book has left me absolutely mind blown. I'm looking forward to read/listen to more of the authors work!

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It's never over until it's over

Loved this! What a story. I recommend this to anyone who likes twists and turns as the story develops.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-19

intriguing but skip if triggered by child abuse

I really liked this book and it is only my 2nd from this author. It seemed predictable at times and other times made me want to throw up from the child abuse. I did not see the end coming which puts a different perspective on the whole story but it was hard to keep going during some of the parts because I just can't take stories with children being harmed in them. I'm glad I did stick it out and the narrator's were fantastic but I will not be reading this again. I recommend this book to thrill junkies but not to anyone who is sensitive to child violent situations, either emotionally or physically.

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  • Jeannie Babcock
  • 08-08-19

what did I just read?

Just poor writing. I wanted to love it. I had to read it full through to see what the hype was, but damn. Just a weird, sick, poorly written mess.

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  • Bee
  • 11-10-19

Why all the Raves ?

This was baaaad ..... I don’t understand the Glowing reviews ? Could have been interesting until the main character enters a restroom with a strange man and takes her bloody blouse off in front of him ? Yeah , Nope.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-19

Almost a 5 Star book, but sadly not

This is a hard one to rate. I loved the whole book up, and didn’t want to stop listening. If you would have asked me to rate it anytime before the last hour I would have given it 5 ⭐️. However, I was very unsatisfied with the ending. Like really? It could have been great, instead it was like, huh? Ok. I call bs but ok. And I’m sure that was the authors intention, but I didn’t care for that approach. When the story has you drawn in from the beginning you expect to be wowed by the ending. Instead it got a shrug. I guess if you don’t normally listen to suspense you’ll probably be satisfied with it, but being that I like dark and suspenseful I was left wanting. I would still recommend the book however as I said it did keep my attention which is hard. Just don’t get your hopes too high for some huge BELIEVABLE plot twist. I liked the first narrator. I don’t care for the narrator of Verity, but she was a lot less annoying in this one than some of her others. She was tolerable.

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  • K. Naglieri
  • 25-11-19

There are much better mysteries out there

This was mediocre at best. It's main redeeming quality is that it's fast paced. But none of the characters are likable, the basic premise is ridiculous, so many things are introduced as if they'll be important but then never returned to, and the end falls into the "a letter explains everything" trope that is just lazy writing. For much better mysteries, check out Tana French or Jane Harper.

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  • Claudia Boyer
  • 26-09-19

disappointed listener

Ridiculous story. Way overboard with the salacious sex. Was a waste of time . Started out promising but had a disappointing ending.

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  • Ann
  • 17-08-19

Other reviews totally oversold it!

is Audible paying reviewers now? Who are you people and why did you love this book??? I wasn’t awed. I wasn’t surprised. There were no surprising plot twists. Lastly, I am certainly NOT going to spend any time thinking about this book now that I’ve finished listening to it. It’s nice everyone else found it riveting. I found it pedestrian, if not downright predictable. A dissatisfy bummer of an audio book.

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  • 24-09-19

I woulda left

a little dirty and little like “DAMN WHAT?!” but overall a good thriller with a good (predictable???) twist. get ya ears ready for some cringe worthy imagery!!

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  • Christy Skinner
  • 03-10-19

Way too much sex

If you don't like to hear about someone's sex life over and over and over and over again, don't buy this book. It wasn't even good sex scenes. Just lots of F*&^ing. I started fast forwarding through it after awhile it was so bad. The twist at the end was pretty good. I didn't see it coming. That's the only reason the story got 3 stars from me. The narrators were good.

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  • Nina Lynn Stewart
  • 18-09-19

The performance made me buy the actual book.

The voice actor used here was awful and I couldn’t listen further than Chapter 5. She sounded like a knockoff Siri and just lowered her voice to represent other characters. Yeesh.

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