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 the night her family was forever altered.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents could 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 loving her.
MY THOUGHTS (Spoiler Alert)
I went into reading this book with high expectations and I really shouldn’t have. The reviews I came across stated that the book was very disturbing and haunting. Should they have said psychotic? Psychotic should have been one of the words used to describe it. Though the book is a very easy and a decent read, I found the book to be a bit underwhelming. I wanted a bit more horror from it. I wanted more out of it and I didn’t get what I was expecting.
Let’s talk about Verity. I tried to make sense of Verity. I thought that perhaps she experienced perinatal depression and postpartum depression. The way she spoke about her children in the manuscript, how she didn’t bond with her child, the feeling of being wanted by Jeremy, all of that summed up to being postpartum depression. Perhaps it was a combination of depression and her just being psychotic. Maybe Hoover wrote this book so that we could see the darkside to postpartum depression. It was a bit difficult to read Verity’s manuscript because I found it to be rather repetitive. How many times and in how many ways can she say that she was obsessed with Jeremy?…Okay we get that you love Jeremy and want Jeremy to only love you..but come on now. I skipped over her part and went back to Lowen on several occasions.
Verity is evil and she reminds me of “Love” from the netflix show, “You”. Do I believe that the manuscript was some fabrication? Absolutely not. I feel that Verity said exactly what she did. She wrote the manuscript too good to convince me of it being anything less than the truth. Verity is the type of woman that is so in love with her husband that nothing else, not even the kids, matter. I felt horrible for Jeremy because he obviously loved all of his children. It’s too bad that he ended up marrying that crazy woman and had not one, but three children. How else do I know that Verity is evil? Her family. Her family basically disowned her and called her “wicked”. Something happened there beyond her leaving their faith.
Wouldn’t it have been interesting if Jeremy was the one that actually wrote the manuscript instead of Verity? Imagine if he was responsible for his children passing? That would have surely been a twist too.
Though I thought this was a decent read, Reminders of Him, so far, is my favorite Colleen Hoover book and I stand firm on that.
Happy Reading Folks.