Verity by Colleen Hoover
Verity was the January read for the book club I co-host on Instagram, Black Heart Reads.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Review: When this book was first released in December and all of bookstagram was freaking out I decided to purchase my copy on kindle even though we weren’t reading it for Black Heart Reads until January. I opened it up thinking I’d just read the first few pages. After reading the first sentence I knew there was no way I was waiting until January to read the rest of it.
❝I hear the crack of his skull before the spattering of blood reaches me.❞
This was my first book by Colleen Hoover, although I do own a few. I know she doesn’t typically write thrillers, but I hope she writes more.
To sum Verity up in two words—dark and steamy. It had so many qualities I love in a thriller: unreliable narrator, paranoia, book-within-a-book and an ending that leaves you wondering wtf just happened. I could have done without all the sex, but I loved the story so much I eventually got over it.
Publication Date: December 7, 2019
Page Count: 314
Overall Rating: 4.5/5