Review | Verity
Author: Colleen Hoover.
Length: 333 pages.
This book is Rated R because of violence and strong sexual content.
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 what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would 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 to love her.
A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.
I hated this book so much that I loved it.
I am not the type of person that reads mysteries and thrillers. In fact, I absolutely hate them. I am a coward. I think that everything is terrifying and even the most simple thing ever can scare me. This is why it took me two years to finally gather up the courage I needed in order to read this story. However, after reading it, I wouldn’t exactly describe it as terrifying, instead I would say it’s extremely disturbing.
Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors ever. I think her writing style is amazing and that she’s incredibly talented. I really enjoy how easy it is to read her novels because I’ve always felt that the words just flow in the page and everything is so simple, yet so complicated. Verity is no different. I loved how most of the sentences were short and very weird. In my perspective they enhanced how creepy everything was which would also make you cling to every word, as if each and every one of them had the answers to all of our questions.
The world was her manuscript. No surface was safe.
In regards to the story, I’m not sure what I think of it. This is one of those books that definitely leaves you thinking about it for a long time after you read it. There is no way not to think about it. I had heard so much about the big twist and how surprising it was. So, for most of the book, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. And when it did… I am still speechless.
I am not the most appropriate person to judge this book within its genre, because I can’t really compare it with anything else. Nonetheless, I believe this is great story. But, as I said, it’s very disturbing because most of the horrible things that happen have to do with children. This is why it’s so hard to read. It’s chapter after chapter of cruelty and speculation about what happened to this family, specially to the the kids. In spite of that, this is a psychological thriller, and without having read anything similar, I did expect this level of madness. I think that this is what makes it so interesting, being able to look at things with both perspectives — a normal person and a freaking psychopath.
And that’s how easy it is for a writer to pretend to be someone they aren’t.
I really recommend this book. Honestly, I recommend every single one of Colleen’s books, I mean… How could I not? But, this story is very different. This is not usually the type of books that I read but, when it comes to Colleen Hoover I will always be willing to step out of my comfort zone and I really encourage you to do the same. She is an amazing writer and I can’t wait to continue reading whatever she comes up with next.
If you already read this book and want to discuss the ending go check out my very long rant on everything that happened!