Author: Colleen Hoover
Synposis: 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.
My Review: Wow! What a wild ride!
I keep flip-flopping on that ending!
I’ll try not to spoil anything here, but if you’ve read this you know what I mean and I want to hear from you – comment below!
First of all, I’ll start by saying I’ve never read @colleenhoover before, but I understand Verity to be a departure from her normal style. So, consider this to be a semi-review from a @colleenhoover newbie and a non-romance reader (usually. Never say never!)
Basically: despite all the hype which I was sure would mean my hopes were too high, I found Verity to be utterly unputdownable and I devoured it!
Things to consider:
1. This book has been touted as a “romantic thriller” which perfectly descries it, but is something I’m finding hard to peg and can’t really think of a comparison too. That being said, there are definitely some steamy scenes in here, so don’t assume we’ve strayed too far from the romance cornerstones here, because we haven’t.
2. There are some dark and disturbing maternal thoughts included that I found pretty unsettling to read. I’m not sure exactly what kind of trigger warning I am trying to give here, but if that turns you off at all this might not be the book for you.
3. There is a book within this book. I found it to be a genius plot device in this case, but then again I love books with multiple narrators. Technically Verity has one narrator, but through this second book we get the voice of another character. Consider yourself warned.
If none of these things turn you off then what are you waiting for? Grab some popcorn and a copy of Verity and dig in! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.