Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: January 25th 2022
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Thriller, Suspense
Rating: 5 stars
The word-of-mouth hit psychological suspense with an unforgettable twist, from the author of TikTok sensation It Ends With Us
A thriller guaranteed to keep you up all night, with a twist that will leave you reeling . . . The TikTok sensation that you’ll recommend to everyone you know.
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 the night their family was forever altered.
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 loving her . . .
Global phenomenon Colleen Hoover first released Verity, a psychological thriller back in 2018. Now due to Hoover’s huge popularity on the social media circuit, Verity has been re-released. Creepy, slick, unsettling, stylistic and propulsive, I was unable to tear myself away from the clutches of Verity.
A mind-boggling novel that comes with an artful twist, Verity introduces Lowen, a writer who is unable to stay afloat financially due to the recent death of her mother. In desperation Lowen accepts a job offer that makes her very uncomfortable but it may set her up for life. When Lowen signs on the dotted line to become a co-writer with Verity Crawford a top name author who is currently incapacitated, the pressure is on to finish what this popular author started. To familiarise herself with Verity’s work Lowen travels to Verity’s family home in an attempt to get to grips with her contract requirements. While sorting through Verity’s notes and belongings Lowen makes a shock discovery. A mysterious manuscript outlines Verity’s life story. This spine-tingling confession style narrative outlines all the tragic events that have impacted Verity’s family. Lowen makes a difficult choice after reading Verity’s shocking manuscript and she decides to hide this damning autobiography from Verity’s grieving husband Jeremy. However, as Lowen develops romantic feelings for Jeremy her sense of protection increases. What does the future hold for the immobilised Verity, her devoted husband Jeremy and the writer who is charged with the responsibility of continuing Verity’s literary legacy?
It is time to make two confessions. Even though I am a prolific reader, I haven’t read any of Colleen Hoover’s previous books. I’m sure this will come as a surprise to many of my followers as I am quite a well-read reviewer. However, after seeing Verity and Hoover’s other works all over the social media sphere including TikTok, I had to give it a go. The second confession I need to make is that I’ve been going through a reading slump of late due to a heavier employment workload. Verity managed to pull me out of my recent reading block. It was a thrilling five star read all the way for me.
I really love literary based, psychological thriller style novels. It is hard to attach Verity to a particular genre, but I would say this contemporary fiction tale would slot in somewhere in the psychological thriller, mystery, suspense, gothic fiction and possibly even crime genres. Colleen Hoover (or CoHo as she is affectionately known as on social media) has produced a novel of fine distinction. Defined by three untrustworthy narrators who each have their own fascinating private agendas, Verity is a novel that completely dominated my time. Hoover works hard to build a strong air of tension, mistrust, fear and danger at every axis point in this story, it was quite amazing. I loved the book within a book aspect of Verity, it appealed very much to my particular tastes as a reader. Although there are some shocking and appalling situations in Verity it is in keeping with the novel’s direction as a whole. I thought I would turn off the various steamy love scenes in this novel, but I was quite surprised that I stuck with Verity in these areas, they were certainly a part of this novel’s journey. It is hard to say too much more abut Verity, other than I loved the full characterisation, the creepy home and the discoveries made by fill-in writer Lowen. The final massive plot twist at the close of the book turned this story on its head. I predict that I will be thinking about Verity for some time to come.
Verity receives a magnificent five stars from me and CoHo has a new fan. I’ve already been on a CoHo spending spree, adding another six books to my overflowing shelves!
Verity by Colleen Hoover is published by Hachette Australia on January 25th 2022. $22.99.
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