Saturday, July 18, 2020

REVIEW: Verity by Colleen Hoover


Admittedly, I haven't read all of Colleen Hoover's novels (something I intend to remedy), but I've read several and I know they are nothing like Verity. It's kinda nuts to think about how very different this is. The writing is more stripped down--bleak and stark--and the emotional connection I usually feel for her characters was replaced by my intense curiosity and horror at what I was reading. The entire situation...novel...went from wow, that's fucked up to holy shit that's really really really super fucked up. It was intense and freaky and hard to read and hard to put down. The one thing I can say that Verity had in common with everything I've ever read from Colleen Hoover was how consumed I was by the plot and characters--I was glued to my Kindle until I finished reading it; and like her other novels, it was hard to shake the thoughts I had when I finished. 

Kudos to Colleen Hoover for switching things up, trying new things, and keeping us readers on our toes.



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 the night their family was forever altered. 

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. 

Due to graphic scenes and mature content, this book is recommended for readers 18+.

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