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Verity by Colleen Hoover Review

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover

Published by:  Hoover Ink, Inc. December 7th, 2018

Rating: ★★★★/5

Genre: Romance // Thriller


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.

This is a story about a girl who writes herself into a new life.

Lowen is struggling, exhausted, and such an easy character to relate to. She essentially walks into a new life, and she seems to know that it's too good to be true- but she's lonely and ready for something to go right in her life so she overlooks the suspicious circumstances. Handsome dude with a tragic backstory? Check! Opportunity to write and live out her dreams? Double check! Sure, there's a comatose wife in the next bedroom, but she's dead to to the world... Right?

This is a book that I almost never read, because I'm not typically drawn to romance and I was under the impression that was what Colleen Hoover wrote. But this book! The twists, turns and aggressively awful events of this book drew me in and shook me up. The end wasn't the end that I would have chosen, but I can appreciate that it left me feeling uncomfortable months after my initial read, and equally unsettled after a recent reread. Colleen Hoover, should you somehow be reading this- more thrillers please?

Have you had the chance to read Verity?

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Happy reading!

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