Rating: 4 / 5
Colleen Hoover’s Verity is the bone-chilling story of a struggling author’s efforts to take over writing for a world-famous series when its author is unable to finish her work after being injured in a car accident.
Lowen wants to stay hidden; she’s content to live in the shadows. When she’s offered a sum of money that she desperately needs to complete the final three books in famous author Verity Crawford’s mystery series, she can’t turn it down. She’s tasked with going to the family estate and rifling through Verity’s never-ending notes and drafts to better understand the direction the remaining novels should take.
When Lowen arrives at the Crawford estate, she hopes to finish auditing Verity’s documents by the end of the day. As soon as she steps foot into her office, though, she recognizes that this will take much longer than she anticipated. She resigns to the fact that she will be spending at least a few days with Verity – in a more serious state than her publisher would have the public believe – and her husband and son – the last of their three children still alive.
What secrets is this house holding? What will Lowen learn as she digs through Verity’s personal writing and notes? Hoover tells a haunting tale of skeletons in the closet, love, and loss that will leave you breathless and with goosebumps.
Please take caution while reading Verity if any of the following topics may trigger you:
- Death / dying
- Pregnancy / childbirth
- Miscarriages / abortion
Special note on content warnings: In this book, there is a detailed description of an attempted home abortion, as well as discussion of the death of children.
Verity is so many things: wonderfully well-paced, so creepy, and very twisty to name a few. It’s described as a “romantic thriller,” but don’t let that or the romantic thriller designation keep you away from this great book. There is a good amount of relatively explicit sexual descriptions, but it’s written super well and lends itself wonderfully to the story line.
As I said, this book is totally creepy. Hoover does a fantastic job of creating a palpable air of eeriness at the Crawford home, and you will feel it throughout the novel. This atmosphere leaves you on edge through the entire novel, which propels you forward through the story. Not to mention, she ends chapters on tempting cliffhangers and you won’t want to put the book down until you’ve read what happens.
There are constant surprises and twists throughout this novel, and they’re very good. Hoover constructs a fantastic story line, one in which you think you understand what’s going on. By the end, though, you’ll be questioning the entire book.
The final twist, for some reason, didn’t blow me away – and maybe I didn’t buy it? It was, nonetheless, very interesting. Verity as a whole is a great thriller that absolutely messes with your mind and with your perception of the book’s reality – something I absolutely love in a book. You’ve probably already read this, but if you haven’t and you love thrillers, definitely give this one a go!
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