I was seeing people go crazy over this book on Goodreads, so I read it. I’m unfamiliar with Colleen Hoover, who typically writes New Adult Romance, which isn’t really my schtick. But I read that this was an insane, heart racing thriller/mystery, so I thought I’d check it out and OMG I couldn’t put the damn thing down.
To be clear, this is not literature with a capital “L,” but this is a page-turning, racy and raunchy thriller written at a master level. And the MC, Lowen, is written incredibly well. She reminds me of one of the twisted, neurotic characters in the work of the horror master Shirley Jackson, and she’d have to be, to stay in the situation she’s thrust into. I really love this character and how messed up and flawed, yet likeable, she is.
Without giving to much away, I’ll just say that the set up for the story is BRILLIANT, creepy and terrifying. It’s 18+ for a reason: there’s definitely some raunchy sex scenes and brutal and disturbing content. I normally don’t go for that type of thing, but this is soooo good, I went for it.
Hoover’s writing sucked me right in (pun intended), and I felt like I was there, trapped right in the situation along with Lowen. I will say that, given the brilliance of the set up, I thought Hoover could have gone farther with the build toward the climax, and I was a little (but only a wee bit) disappointed with the twist at the end. BUT there was so much skill in the storytelling that it had me guessing a number of different outcomes that proved not to be the ACTUAL outcome, which, in the end, is the goal of a book like this, right?
This was a thrilling read, and if Hoover writes more in the thriller genre, I’ll be the first in line to read it!