by Colleen Hoover
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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin. When Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, asks Lowen ...

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  "a good mystery, but too much profanity." by thewanderingjew (see profile) 08/06/20

Verity, Colleen Hoover, author
Thirty-one year old Lowen Ashleigh, a writer of mysteries, is at her wit’s end. Her mom just died, she and her recent boyfriend split, her finances are in a shambles because she extended herself in order to care for her dying mother and she has no optimistic prospects in sight.
Then her agent, her ex-boyfriend, calls her for a meeting. She has no idea what it is about, but she ventures out for the first time since her mother’s death. On the way to her meeting she witnesses a horrific accident and is covered in the victim’s blood. A kindly stranger aids her, even giving her his shirt to wear. He has a spare.
Lowen arrives at the meeting and Corey, her agent, tells her he had lied and told her an even earlier time to make sure she would not be late. Now she had time to spare. Suddenly, the kindly stranger and she are together again. He is at her meeting. His wife, the very popular and well known author, Verity Campbell, is unable to fulfill her obligation to complete her series of books. Would she be willing to write them for her? Both of their names would be given the credit for the book.
Lowen does not want the publicity or the book tours. She refuses, but Jeremy Crawford, who is both the kindly stranger and the author’s husband, meets with her privately and convinces her to take the job and to ask for much more money. She will not have to tour or sign books. She agrees and moves into his house to immerse herself in Verity’s life.
She learns about the misfortunes that have befallen the Campbell’s and the health problems that have prevented his wife from writing the rest of her novels. She is basically an invalid, unable to speak or move on her own. Unspeakable secrets are revealed as Lowen reads a secret journal she discovers. There are times when Lowen wants to escape from this house of horrors, but then she relents because she begins to have feelings for Jeremy and his surviving son, 5 year old Crew, (his twin daughters had recently died), even though she realizes how hateful she is since Jeremy is married.
I found many issues with the book. The characters behaved very unethically, at times. The sex bordered on the pornographic and was way overdone and appeared too often. It added nothing to the narrative except for the titillation of a reader desiring erotic language. Even the character reading about it, Lowen, agreed that it was presented too many times with descriptions that were so explicit they aroused her.
The psychological mystery was engaging, but if someone hadn’t asked me to read it, I would not have known because I would have discarded it before finishing. I found it contained too much foul language for my taste. The book could have been as interesting, or perhaps more interesting, without the profanity and excessive eroticism.

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