This book is a stark 180 degree turn away from what I’ve normally been reading. I was warned time and time again that although the novel was written excellently, it was extremely dark.
I would describe it more as disturbing than dark. I think you can read this novel with the understanding that it contains extremely disturbing content, but it is not overly dark- it is more of a mysterious story to solve that contains disturbing subject matter. Without spoiling anything, the disturbing subject matter is harm to children, so anyone that is going to feel triggered by that should not read this book.
Overall, I enjoyed the storyline, suspense, and ending – but didn’t love the book because I found the overall plotline a bit unrealistic.
Here is the blurb:
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.