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Verity Paperback – Oct. 26 2021
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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 her family was forever altered.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents could 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.
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“Riveting and unexpected. Impossible to put down.”―Claire Contreras, New York Times bestselling author
"This isn't a book, it's a visceral experience."―B.B. Easton, bestselling author
"If you came here to find a mystery romance book that’ll have you on the edge of your seat (and keep you up at night), add Verity by Colleen Hoover to your cart."―Cosmopolitan
“If you've yet to experience the delight that is reading one of Hoover's novels, we suggest starting with this . . . Prepare for your pulse to race and palms to sweat."―E! News
"Talk about a word-of-mouth of page-turner we’re still not over . . . Cue the seductive mystery that has one of our all-time fave twists. Run, don’t walk.”―The Skimm
"An explosive, sexy thriller full of chilling admissions, incredible twists and turns, and some seriously creepy plotlines. I can honestly say that I’ve never read another thriller quite like it."―BookReporter.com
"Full of suspense with steamy scenes and creepy undertones."―Plymouth Magazine
"Hoover always tells her stories so beautifully . . . [An] ideal holiday gift.”―Houstonia magazine
"Emotionally charged, sinister, evocative, fascinating and very addictive. We read Verity with a knot in our stomachs from the first to last page! What a brilliant read!"―TotallyBooked Blog
"Wow I'm speechless, I don't know where to start with this one. Verity was a captivating, fast paced, twisted, and addictive story."―Read More Sleep Less Blog
"If you’ve read any of our recent book round-ups here on The Everygirl, you know how much our editors love this book. It created quite the chain reaction, and now, those who have not yet read it are in the minority. Obviously, this means it is a great book, but the real reason we can’t stop talking about it is because of the story—it is truly the most shocking book I have ever read. It also started a huge internet book debate about what really happened, so you’ll be wrapped up in this world even after you finish reading."―The EveryGirl
"I recommend this book to everyone I come across!"―Her Campus
About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (Oct. 26 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538724731
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538724736
- Item weight : 272 g
- Dimensions : 13.84 x 3.43 x 20.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #9 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The novel follows Lowen Asleigh, a struggling author, who’s in a dire financial state. She’s gotten an eviction notice for her apartment and doesn’t have a new manuscript to sell to publishers, having spend most of her time caring for her terminally ill mother. Then she gets an offer of a lifetime. Bestselling Verity Crawford has gotten badly injured in car accident and her husband, Jeremy Crawford, wants Lowen to finish her popular novel series. Desperate to keep a roof over her head, Lowen accepts. She comes over to the Crawford’s secluded house in Virginia to go through Verity’s notes and outlines for future novels. Instead, she stumbles upon Verity’s unfinished autobiography detailing disturbing thoughts and chilling admissions, including a confession of what really happened the day Verity and Jeremy’s daughter died. Should Lowen show the autobiography to Jeremy, who’s a devoted to his injured wife and oblivious to her true character? Or keep it to herself and not devastate an already grieving father and husband?
I honestly didn’t know much more than that going into this novel and I feel like that really is the best way of experiencing it. Go into this blind and the reveals and admissions will horrify you.
There were parts that difficult for me to read, that left me feeling sick to my stomach. And yet, I couldn’t stop reading out of morbid curiosity. I needed to know what will happen next. How will it end? And yes, the ending shocked me more than the whole book. It left me second guessing everything I thought knew leading up to it. And yet, it fits so well!
My opinions on the characters changed from like to hate and hate to like by the time the novel ended. I won’t say who I liked and disliked for that will spoil it (and I will want readers going into this blind!). But I will say this, there are two points of views in this novel, Lowen’s and Verity’s, and they’re very distinct from each other. The pacing didn’t drag or feel rushed, it felt even, just perfect.
Do yourself a favour and don’t read this at night like I did. I really regretted it because I was freaking out and unable to sleep. This story is definitely going to haunt me.
This book had me on the edge of my seat from the first sentence. I have read some pretty dark reads and loved every word of them but this dark book was even more twisted. I couldn't put it down, except of course when real life called. The detail of characters is very intriguing and I knew from the moment that Verity "looks" through the window at Lowen that she saw her.
The story in the story always fascinates me because technically you get two great reads in one and this is no exception. The twists & turns draw you in and honestly the manuscript whether was supposed to be what actually happened and the note discovered after was to cover it up or not just left me with my mouth hanging open. I honestly feel that the 5 star rating system need to change because 5 stars just seems like a low score for such an amazing book.
Thanks for the ability to read this Ms. Hoover, it's amazing.
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I hate romance novels as they don’t really reflect real life - they are far too convenient - woman meets handsome man, they fall in love and it’s all perfect - and they really undermine the idea that women can live happy fulfilled lives without being in a relationship at all times. Anyway, I hate romance and this is really just a romance with a slightly odd twist to it.
I’m glad it s a short book as it meant I didn’t waste more than a day on it and it’s safe to say I won’t be reading any more “CoHo” books ever again!
I'm not going to say that I enjoyed the diary excerpts; they are deeply, deeply disturbing. However, they felt real and whilst I certainly couldn't empathise with the person behind them, they are very good at forcing you to see through her eyes at the world. It is frightening at points and it is easy to get sucked into the fear and the disgust that Lowen is feeling. Characterisations are generally quite well done, although the gratuitous and constant sex became tedious rather quickly. I felt like I was getting to know all of the characters, with all their faults and whilst I wouldn't want to go on holiday with any of them, they definitely felt real. Each and every one of these characters is flawed and each and every one feels utterly real.
It is also a realistic glimpse at the very nature of grief and loss without ever becoming preachy, with all three adult characters grieving for someone close to them in very different ways. The concept of grieving for someone who you don't particularly like all that much is also woven into the narrative quite well, and how that gives a different but no less raw experience. I did however think more could have been done with the child; at times he seemed to be there just for the cuteness factor and his reactions and interpretations of what is going on could have been utilised to a far greater extent. I liked the kid, but that's all that I can say about him. He's in therapy, then he's not in therapy, he doesn't mention the girls and he loves his mother and he's back in therapy. There's no emotional pull with him though, it's all surface platitudes.
A full star gets knocked off however due to the constant use of sex as a blunt implement throughout this novel. It's almost every other page and it got really boring. If it's not Verity being screwed by Jeremy in her diary, it's Lowen thinking about screwing Jeremy or actually screwing Jeremy. I'm no prude and I have no issue with sexual content in books, but the over-reliance on it here really did work against it. I could see that it was part of how Hoover is building Verity's character, but it did very little for me. It's a pity because otherwise I flew through this dark and nasty book at a rate of knots, desperate to find out just what was going on and just as confused and horrified as Lowen.
Here comes the spoiler....
Crew is plain old creepy but always kept in the background. What would have been a nail bitten ending was if he tipped the boat. If instead of his butter knife incident, he could have blamed it on the visitor.
But no. This book is as "shocking" as the lables on orange juice are "vegetarian".
At least here in the UK they feel the need to let buyers know that in this bottle of 100% organically squeezed oranges...that there is NOT a single drop of blood. That's nice of them, if I were a moron.
Not to be so cruel to just one nation... we live in a time when the professionals feel it is necessary to print out instructions on a box of Pop-Tarts!
If you enjoy reading books, but are ironically looking up on Google the vegetarianess of a box of fruit juice- then this book might just be your cuppa!