Verity: Book Review

Title: Verity

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 333

Genres: Psychological Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Dark Romance, Romantic Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This old saying applies ten times over with Verity to me. This is not a book I would normally pick up based on the synopsis. I was looking for something edgy and different this week after finishing up The Forgotten Hours, and I have known the author to primarily write romance novels. For this title, she definitely switched things up. And she did not hold back.

This book was edgy and different, and I was entranced by the unfolding story, unable to put the book down even into the early morning.

This book is dark, thrilling, clever, disturbing, and its twists and turns left my heart racing. It kept me on my toes. I finished it in two sittings. And the ending. Holy Sh*t you guys.

The ending was brutal, probably the most clever plot twist I have read so far for a book of this genre.

Of all the things I could have imagined in an ending, I was not prepared for that.

I turned the last page thinking to myself, wtf did I just read? And I love that in a book.

So what’s it about?

Lowen is a lonely, semi successful writer, struggling to make ends meet following the financial strain of taking care of her sick mother for months before her death.

When she receives the offer of a lifetime to finish out a series started by a very successful writer, Verity Crawford, who has fallen ill and is unable to fulfill her contract for the last three books, she is hesitant. It would mean tours, publicity, and staying in the Crawford’s house with Verity’s husband so that she can sort through Verity’s office and get inside the writers head to complete the last three books in her popular series. For an introverted writer who has only done so much as one failed book signing, it sounds like hell.

But with the eviction notices piling up, Lowen signs the deal, and is off the very next day.

She doesn’t know what she was expecting when she reached the Crawford’s home, but it wasn’t Verity lying around completely unaware of happenings around her. It wasn’t falling for Jeremy, Verity’s husband who so lovingly cares for his now disabled wife and their 5 year old son. And it wasn’t the dark and revealing autobiography that she finds hidden deep in Verity’s office, finished just before her accident that left her in her helpless state.

She is slow to read the gut wrenching manuscript as it illuminates details about the Crawford’s lives that nobody else seems to know. What’s worse, Jeremy’s son slips up and mentions that he talks to Verity and she talks back to him. She swears she sees her at the top of the stairs, that she is lurking when everybody has their back turned. This woman who was so badly injured that it left her mind unable to do simple things like speak or walk.

Is Lowen’s mind playing tricks on her, causing her to imagine and create things that aren’t really there? Or is there something even more unsettling going on? Can she handle finishing the manuscript and uncovering the truth behind the unraveling of the Crawford’s lives?

Topics:

Suspense, thriller, mystery, murder, dark romance, mental illness

Themes:

This book makes you think about how a situation can be perceived so differently from different angles, and how you never REALLY know what someone is truly thinking.

Notable Quotes:

“It’s what you do when you’ve experienced the worst of the worst. You seek out people like you…people worse off than you…and you use them to make yourself feel better about the terrible things that have happened to you.”

“One should only walk away from an autobiography with, at best, an uncomfortable distaste for its author.”

“The things lurking around inside the mind can be just as dangerous as tangible threats.”

“A writer should never have the audacity to write about themselves unless they’re willing to separate every layer of protection between the author’s soul and their book. The words should come directly from the center of the gut, tearing through flesh and bone as they break free. Ugly and honest and bloody and a little bit terrifying, but completely exposed.”

“I wanted him to panic, to worry, to feel bad for me, to cry for me. To cry for me.”

Interested? Buy the book here on Amazon Kindle.

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Comment below or contact me!

XO

Ashley

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