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Too Late by Colleen Hoover: FAQs + Books Like It

When I think of Colleen Hoover, I think of romance novels that are without fail going to make me cry. I never would have thought to use her name and psychological suspense in the same sense. At least, that was before I heard of Too Late. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


Originally released in 2016, Too Late has now been updated and re-released. This is great news for readers like myself who weren't fans of or aware of Colleen Hoover at the time it first came out.


Whether this is your first-time hearing and reading it, or you're thinking about picking up a copy, this article is written to answer the questions you might have about it. Not only that but it will also provide you with a list of books like Too Late to consider making your next read. If that's what you're looking for, then keep scrolling. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Too Late by Colleen Hoover

What is the Book Too Late by Colleen Hoover About?

Colleen Hoover's psychological suspense novel, Too Late, is about Sloan, a woman caught between her schizophrenic boyfriend who's a drug dealer, and the undercover DEA agent who is there is bring down her boyfriend. Here is the official description:


"Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves. And she does so, every single day. Caught up with the alluring Asa Jackson, a notorious drug trafficker, Sloan has finally found a lifeline to cling to, even if it’s meant compromising her morals. She was in dire straits trying to pay for her brother’s care until she met Asa. But as Sloan became emotionally and economically reliant on him, he in turn developed a disturbing obsession with her—one that becomes increasingly dangerous every day.


When undercover DEA agent Carter enters the picture, Sloan’s surprised to feel an immediate attraction between them, despite knowing that if Asa finds out, he will kill him. And Asa has always been a step ahead of everyone in his life, including Sloan. No one has ever gotten in his way.


No one except Carter.


Together, Sloan and Carter must find a way out before it’s too late…"


What Are the Trigger Warnings for Too Late? What Age Is It Appropriate For?

Intimate partner abuse and violence, rape, substance addiction, schizophrenia, murder, and drug use are the trigger warnings for Too Late, according to the Trigger Warnings Database. That paired with the explicit sexual content, would lead me to conclude that Too Late is appropriate for mature audiences, ages 18+.


How Long Does It Take to Read Too Late?

It will take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 18 minutes to read Too Late by Collen Hoover, according to How Long to Read.


Is Too Late a Standalone?

Yes - Too Late by Colleen Hoover is a standalone. This means you do not need to have read any of Colleen Hoover's other books or know any of the characters from them to read and understand this book.


How Does Too Late by Colleen Hover End?

At the end of Too Late, Asa threatens Luke's partner, Ryan, saying he has abducted Tillie and Ryan's sister and plans to hurt them unless he brings Asa to Sloan. Ryan complies out of fear for their life. Fortunately, when they arrive at the apartment Sloan and Luke are staying at, Asa is shot by Luke and Ryan. At this point, he is not dead, just wounded.


He is then put on house arrest. While on house arrest, he pays someone to track down Sloan (again) and set up a live feed. This is how he discovers her pregnancy. He then slips his ankle monitor by taking medication that allows him to take it off himself and slip it onto the person who tracked down Sloan for him.


Asa then pays a maintenance worker to unlock a window at Sloan's house, which he later uses to break in and enter while Luke is at work. To protect herself and her unborn child, Sloan pretends she still loves him and wants to go home with him. During this time, Luke suspects something is wrong because Sloan does not put out the garbage for her surveillance officer at the usual time. He gets in a car accident on his way to Sloan but is able to make it the rest of the way on foot, even though he's injured. When he arrives, Luke shoots and kills Asa.


Seven months later, Sloan and Luke welcome their son and name him Dalton, after Luke's partner Ryan's undercover name.


Who Is the Father of Sloan's Baby?

Asa Jackson is the father of Sloan's baby in Too Late. However, Sloan and Luke choose not to have an official paternity test done to confirm this. They assume so though not only because of how often Asa and Sloan had sex, but because Asa confirms he tampered with Sloan's birth control.


5 Books Like Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Are you looking for more books like Too Late to read next? If so, I highly recommend you check out the following five similar domestic psychological suspense novels.


But I Love Him by Amanda Grace

1. But I Love Him by Amanda Grace

What I love about recommending But I Love Him by Amanda Grace is that it's very similar to Too Late in some ways and completely different in others. This is a good thing because it means you won't be bored. Here's what it's about: "At the beginning of her senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved - and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high-wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor's rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything - and everyone - in its path."


The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

2. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Not only has The Good Girl by Mary Kubica been rated over 230,000 times on GoodReads but it was also nominated for Best Mystery & Thriller of 2014. So, not only is it similar to Too Late in that both are domestic psychological suspense books involving a couple and an outsider, but it also comes highly recommended. Here is the description for it: "One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first. Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life. When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia's mother, Eve, and Detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter."


The Family Game by Catherine Steadman

3. The Family Game by Catherine Steadman

I can't outright tell you what makes Too Late and The Family Game similar because if I do it will ruin one hell of a plot twist for you. However, what I can tell you is that this is definitely a big step up on the suspense scale. So, if you're hoping for your next read to be a bit more thrilling, then this is well worth checking out. Here's what it's about: "Harry is a novelist on the brink of stardom; Edward, her husband-to-be, is seemingly perfect. In love and freshly engaged, their bliss is interrupted by the re-emergence of Edward's eminent family and the embodiment of American old money. Harriet is drawn to their glamour and sophistication. However, everything changes when she meets Robert, the inescapably magnetic head of the family. At their first meeting, Robert slips Harry a cassette tape, revealing a shocking confession which sets the inevitable game in motion. As she ramps up her quest for the truth, she must endure the Holbecks' savage Christmas traditions all the while knowing that losing this game could be deadly."


Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

4. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Sarah Pinborough's psychological suspense novel, Behind Her Eyes, is like Too Late in that it's about a troubled couple and an outsider trying to figure out what's wrong in their relationship. Here is the full description of it: "Louise is a single mom and a secretary who's stuck in a rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. However, when Louise arrives at work on Monday, she discovers the man from the bar is not only her new boss but he's married too. Then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him? As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong."


The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

5. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Like Too Late, Rachel Hawkins' psychological suspense book, The Wife Upstairs, features a love triangle of sorts with a guilty male main character. Unlike Too Late though, we don't know exactly what he's guilty of until the very end when the major plot twist occurs. Here's what it's about: "Meet Jane. Jane is a broke dog walker in a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. Her luck changes though when she meets the recently widowed Eddie Rochester. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie - not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, but he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for. Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea. Can she win Eddie’s heart before her past - or his - catches up to her?"

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