Verity
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Published: December 10, 2018
  Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer, unsuccessful and on the brink of financial ruin. With Lowen about to be evicted and her mother dying a week ago, she has nothing to lose when she’s about to have a meeting with her agent to discuss the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, the husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford who is brain-dead after a car accident has hired Lowen to complete the last three…

REVIEW

Verity by Colleen Hoover had me hooked from the very beginning. This book is brilliant! The blend of romance and thriller made for an unnerving yet refreshing read. I sincerely commend CoHo for stepping out of her genre box and pushing boundaries with such a suspenseful and enthralling read. Colleen Hoover did an exceptional job with this one, it being her first psychological thriller, so different from what she usually writes, she did an amazing job writing the gripping plot. From the twists and turns, albeit some fairly predictable, to the emotional roller coaster ride that just blew me away. I don’t know what I expected but it definitely wasn’t this, it turned out to be an enthrallingly pleasant surprise.

This novel contains disturbing content depicting graphic descriptions of abuse, child abuse and violence.

PLOT

One of the most impeccable aspects of the book is how CoHo set a book within a book. Not just any book. However the most horrid and reprehensible manuscript describing Verity’s inconceivable thoughts as a mother, her obsessive desires towards her husband and fears against her children.

Normally I take my time and savor the characters and plot, but it was so intense I could not stop reading. The author’s ability to incite a very creepy tense atmosphere is commendable. In addition, alternating the story between Lowen’s present perspective and the chapters from Verity’s biography was well structured and not in anyway confusing or distracting. The story takes you through the characters’ fears and darkness. Like Lowen’s questionable past behavior, although narrated in her own point of view, all three main characters call into question the story’s precision, testing your moral compass and leaving you questioning every characters’ behavior and seeing them in different perspectives.

“I stretch truths where I see fit. I am a writer.”

~Excerpt from Verity by Colleen Hoover.

Another impressive aspect of the book has to be the open ending. Some things were fairly predictable (If you are an attentive reader, you will catch unto them). But the plot twists towards the end and the ending itself were so unforeseen and captivating, it was infuriating. CoHo did such a clever job. There is so much room to question it, like what happens next? Apart from the usual “Do they live happily ever after?” after completing an open ending book, the unknown is so nerve-racking. In this case, it had me asking questions I’ll probably never get answers to. I like to believe the purpose of how the tale ended was to leave the reader with more questions than when they began. Furthermore have them decide what is true and what is a lie rather than give definite answers. Brilliant.

Verity by Colleen Hoover; Characters.

Talking about the characters of this novel without giving away spoilers is a difficult task. Firstly, there is something about the characters in this novel that makes them so unreliable and honestly not that likable. At different points in the story, I rooted for some of them of course. But there is no denying any of the characters left a lasting impression. I couldn’t trust any of them a 100%. Furthermore, I kept second guessing, questioning and suspecting their actions, motives and individual narrations. I got so curious about a lot of things when I was done reading, my mind ran with so many possibilities.

Secondly, I’m going to start off with Lowen. The character I rooted for the most but not necessarily crazy about because everything about her was questionable. Most especially her past. I thought it was going to play a role in choosing whose side to be on, hers or Verity’s. Or even have some significance, unfortunately it did not. It probably was added to push the narrative of her being messed up. There was more to it that CoHo kept to herself, not sure it was a good idea though.

Thirdly, Jeremy. Jeremy oh Jeremy, the most amazing father and husband. Rather, portrayed as one. I was put off by him. I hate to admit I felt he was a little “too perfect”. Something about his actions were untrustworthy. CoHo didn’t really give much to determine who really is and explain the real reasons behind his actions. Although creeped out by his quick attraction to Lowen and suspicious by his overall response to her. I cannot really blame him or see the sketchy side of him due to the series of unfortunate circumstances that has befallen his life over the past few years.

Lastly, Verity. Without giving much away, the few words that best describe her are: sinister, obsessive, selfish and psychotic.

Spoiler Review!

Spoiler review
It has already been established that Verity is a somewhat psychopath that did not deserve Jeremy or her kids. So the question of whether or not the letter Lowen discovered was true or not is not a justification of her actions. Any person that could write such vile and horrific events concerning her late children all in the name of a “writing exercise” is sick in the head. And don’t get me started on her pretense of being a vegetable for three years! Brain dead for three good years so her husband does not leave her??

Also, in the letter, she made mention of the accident that happened being Jeremy’s fault. It’s actually the only part of her story I believe, it seems very likely because truth is whether or not she lied about that too to make herself a victim, you absolutely cannot blame him for crashing the car. After reading a manuscript like that, that explains all the past horrific incidents that happened in their lives. The man is not to be held responsible for his actions. I strongly believe she wanted that letter to be found and she knew it would be found. In case anything happened, whether or not the manuscript was a writing exercise. She could save her name and be victim. She really was a selfish monster.

I also did not miss what Verity’s parents had to say about her when Jeremy looked them up. His encounter with them just further proved there was something wrong with her.There’s so much more to Crew I wish we got to read. That little boy knows more than we were led to believe. From the five years of his traumatic little life to knowing and keeping his mother’s secrets, he  must have been affected psychologically, personally I feel there’s something off about him or maybe I’m overthinking. That’s exactly what this story does to you. Ask yourself how it would continue and it can drive you insane!

No matter which way I look at it, it’s clear that Verity was a master at manipulating the truth. The only question that remains is: Which truth was she manipulating?

~Excerpt from Verity by Colleen Hoover.

Verity by Colleen Hoover; Conclusion.

I found myself literally holding my breath while reading VERITY. It was repulsive, this disturbing page-turning thriller that is impossible to put down is addictive. It had me so intrigued, I was sleepless all night. On many occasions paused to stare into the darkness in distress. My over active imagination was firing up, making up scenarios, over thinking small details and coming up with solutions, while second guessing every character’s actions and motive because each character lacked that much personality and was baggage filled.

CoHo did a great job with this romantic thriller because she did not fail in giving us a glimpse of her swoon-worthy romantic background. Trying to make sense of the senseless is what makes novel and its ending loved and equally hated by many. Big Coho fans like myself appreciated it.

A well crafted novel that will take you on a haunting and thrilling ride, leaving you both bereft and intrigued.

4.1Overall Score

Verity

Written by the exceptional Colleen Hoover, Verity is not the typical Colleen Hoover book as she is known for her outstanding mix of love, tragedy and hope. Nevertheless, Verity is a dark and ...

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7 thoughts on “Verity By Colleen Hoover”

    Hmmmmmm…..this book messed me up it’s a book I always recommend to people it is that good. I cannot explain how this book made me want to drop it and calm down and at the same time soldier on. The ending is what threw me offgaurd cause I can remember dropping the phone and just staring cause I honestly did not see that coming

    i still haven’t read this and it’s simply because thriller isn’t CoHo’s vibe and i refuse to be disappointed. of course a lot of people love it but it doesn’t seem like something i’d enjoy. i’m a major CoHo fan and i’d like to stay a fan

    Omg this book messed me up. I remember starting to read it in the evening and I DID NOT STOP till I finished(literally stayed up the whole night). It had me on my toes. Boy was I filled with so much anxiety whilst reading. It was also creepy, I was expecting Lowen to leave the house ASAP😂 and lowkey was very scared for her.. The ending was just wooow, I was in shock. There was no way in hell I would’ve predicted that. In the beginning, I liked Lowen’s character but I ended up not liking her in the end, there was just something about her that I still cannot pinpoint. Also don’t like that she ended up with Jeremy. No reason, I just didn’t like it

      Yes the creepiness is what makes it stand out as a thriller, especially as the work of a first timer like CoHo. There are a lot of unanswered questions with Verity. More than necessary even

    Omg this book messed me up. I remember starting to read it in the evening and I DID NOT STOP till I finished(literally stayed up the whole night). It had me on my toes. Boy was I filled with so much anxiety whilst reading. It was also creepy, I was expecting Lowen to leave the house ASAP😂 and lowkey was also very scared for her.. The ending was just wooow, I was in shock. There was no way in hell I would’ve predicted that. In the beginning, I liked Lowen’s character but I ended up not liking her in the end, there was just something about her that I still cannot pinpoint. Also don’t like that she ended up with Jeremy. No reason, I just didn’t like it . Love your review, it’s making me want to read verity all over again!

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