Okay, wow. Where do I start? It’s been years since I last read a fiction book of this sort. Years since I last read a CoHo book and can I just say this is way different from the usual CoHo books that I am used to reading?! SHE FREAKING KILLED THIS DARK, SUSPENSE, THRILLER BOOK.
To keep things in perspective, I am a Colleen Hoover fan and I know what her writing style is. I know for sure that this is way out of her comfort zone and the fact that a lot of people also enjoyed this just shows how she is one heck of an author. I commend her for not being afraid to try things out. So if you are a seasoned suspense/thriller reader, this might not be the book for you. You might get underwhelmed with this one nevertheless, it’s still worth a try.
Now let’s get to the actual book review for Verity by Colleen Hoover…
About The Book:
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, the 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. She is 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.
Verity by Colleen Hoover Review:
How do I feel about this book, you ask? Well, when I was reading it, a good 80% of the book kept me on edge. It felt like I was strapped on a chair and my heart keeps on pounding, eager to know what’s next, praying to the book Gods that everything will turn out alright. When I had that few minutes of calm, the freaking plot twist hit! It left me with a question that I don’t even know what to answer. DAMN COLLEEN HOOVER!
There is quite a lot of romance and graphic sex scenes here which is borderline cringe, as for me. I would actually love it more if there are apparent character developments in the story. I wanted to know more about the kids, about Corey, about the series that Lowen is trying to write. There are pockets of side stories that were not concluded and I want more of those.
This book is purely for entertainment and I am fine with that. It’s a good escape to the world we’re currently living in (hello, quarantine life). Another thing that I want to note is the Acknowledgements. I love that Colleen thanked a lot of people in the book community. It feels so genuine.
If you are looking for a book that could entertain you in the darkest, suspense, and thrilling manner, I 10/10 recommend this book!
Verdict: 5 stars
Quotes from Verity:
“I needed for the imaginary version of my world to be darker than my real world. Otherwise, I would have wanted to leave them both.”“Find what you love and let it kill you.”“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.”“The things lurking around inside the mind can be just as dangerous as tangible threats.”
“I was difficult. An emotionally challenging puzzle he wasn’t up for solving. Which was fine. I wasn’t in the mood to be solved”
Just a little throwback pic when I met Colleen Hoover:
If you are looking for more books to read, I made a list here.