Short Review #23: Verity by Colleen Hoover (2018)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 ⭐️
Title: Verity
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: 2018 (Hoover Ink, Inc)
Pages: 314 (Paperback)
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Romance, Suspense, Adult
CW: Ages 18+, Death, Murder, Sexual Content, Cancer, Mental Illness
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My copy of Verity next to an apple

Hello everyone! I have not posted in a while, because I needed to take a break from writing reviews. I’ve been doing plenty of reading and posting on my social media, but I needed to take a step back and make sure I still enjoyed writing on my blog. I still want to look forward to reading at the end of the day, and not because I need to post about it. Reading is a large passion and comfort, and keeping sight of that is important to me.

Some families are lucky enough to never experience a single tragedy. But then there are those families that seem to have tragedies waiting on the back burner. What can go wrong, goes wrong. And then gets worse” – Colleen Hoover, Verity

Anyways, now I’m ready to talk about my latest read, Verity by Colleen Hoover. I kept seeing Colleen Hoover’s name all over my social media, and I decided I needed to give one of her books a chance. Hoover is the author of Young Adult, thriller and romance books… and more. Her books have attracted a lot of attention for their well-rounded characters, and she seems to enjoy mixing multiple genres and themes. By the end of Verity, I understood the hype and I was surprisingly struck by this book.

The book centers around female protagonist, Lowen Ashleigh, a flailing and failing young writer on the brink of financial ruin after the passing of her mother. Lowen is ready to lose all hope until she receives an incredible offer – to ghost write and finish a series by one of the most acclaimed, best selling fiction authors, Verity Crawford. Lowen is hired by Verity’s attractive husband, Jeremy. Lowen finds out Verity was in a terrible car accident that left her partially brain dead, and Jeremy essentially takes care of her full-time in their Vermont home. As Lowen spends time in their home researching and pouring over Verity’s notes on the series, she discovers a sinister manuscript written by Verity that leaves Lowen asking questions about what Verity was like before her accident and how it connects to the death of her twin daughters.

I do not want to give away too much, but this plot gets juicier as the book goes on up until the climactic end. The plot is essentially my favorite part of the book. I enjoy the way Hoover writes about her characters, and the details and twists were imaginative. This was a perfect and entertaining combination of a thriller and romance. And please keep in mind, the sex scenes are… descriptive and explicit, I definitely did not expect that. And this book definitely becomes very dark at times with disturbing elements. This book was a nice change of pace to what I’ve been reading recently, and overall the mood felt more unhinged as the story went on.

Why should you read this book? If you enjoy adult romance and thriller books that leave you on the edge of your seat with mildly disturbing elements, this is the book for you. Verity is also one of Hoover’s self-published projects and not through her main publisher, Atria Books at Simon & Schuster. I haven’t read a self-published book in a while, and I did not find anything negative because it was.

I give this a 3.5 out of 5!


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