Readers are dreamers, we love nothing more than nestling into our cosiest nook with a freshly brewed coffee and a book that whisks us away from reality. For the few hours that readers are in literary heaven, they see the world through rose-tinted glasses. We did too… until we read Verity.
Romance is her forte, but Colleen Hoover delivers a striking, sublime, and hair-raising surprise with Verity. Originally published in 2018, the story follows writer Lowen Ashleigh’s journey. Struggling to make ends meet, Lowen is offered the opportunity of a lifetime; to write on behalf of bestselling author Verity Crawford, who lies in bed recovering from a traumatic accident.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home to begin her work, only to find Verity’s unfinished biography quickly intriguing her. Bone-chilling, gritty and scary, Verity’s words turn Lowen’s world upside down, and her growing feelings for Verity’s husband Jeremy Crawford don’t defuse the situation. Lies, love, and deceit lace the stories of Verity’s life, creeping their way to the present.
- No Mush, but Romantic
The month of love may have ended, but we still adore a good romance. We adore the way Colleen Hoover writes about love, but we love how she tells creepy, sinister stories, with a dash of romance even more. While Verity is a contemporary romance novel and such a departure from the author’s other books, it perfectly encapsulates love and everything that comes with it in an unimaginable story.
Verity’s impending injuries and inability to be a functioning human, pushes the protagonist Lowen and Verity’s husband closer. Their chemistry is off the charts but what keeps us going is Verity. A character that is so flawed and disturbing, we can’t help but wonder, do people like this exist?
- The Feels
The feelings with this book are unexplainable. One minute you’re reading the sweetest words, and the next, you want to scream at how gut-wrenching the story is. Colleen Hoover puts it best when she says, “What you read will taste so bad at times, you’ll want to spit it out, but you’ll swallow these words, and they will become part of you, part of your gut, and you will hurt because of them.”
This quote from Verity is a true reminder that sometimes you must accept life with all its essence. Hoover’s writing evokes feelings of shock, disgust, sometimes love but, above all, the sense of unknowing.
- Keeps you Guessing
We know it says contemporary romance, but Verity is easily one of the best psychological thrillers we’ve read. Every word, situation, and character arc continue to keep you guessing; You think you know how the story ends, and the author will crush your hopes and dreams.
Whose truth is a lie? We still can’t tell. The ending surprised us and left us with more questions than when we started. Was Verity the true villain, or was it Jeremy? What was Lowen’s fate after the story?
- Creepy but Unputdownable
We like our thrillers with a dash of horror. And Verity was disgustingly delicious, eerie, and ignited a sense of fear in us. Three hundred and thirty-six pages are rife with words that chill you to your core, and you can’t help but finish it in a day.
If you’re a fan of thrillers with a hint of romance/erotica, Verity is the one for you. Just the right amount of shocking fused with romance you won’t be able to put this book down.
- Because it’s Colleen Hoover, duh.
If you’re someone that has just begun reading and wants to delve into romance, Colleen Hoover’s novels are a fantastic start. But, if you’re tired of romance and enjoy a breath of fresh air, Colleen Hoover’s Verity is greater.
Not only does the author pull you in with her impeccable writing, but her ability to connect the reader with characters remains unmatched. In addition, each one of her books sends an important message, featuring domestic abuse, suicide, alcohol/drug abuse, or just difficulties we as humans face on this journey of life. Every story deserves to be told, and Colleen Hoover tells them beautifully.
Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Abuse, Harm to Children.If you, as a reader, are someone who cannot read stories that contain abuse, harm to children, and suicide, this book is not for you.