Verity Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A number-one best seller in several categories with over 14,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads.
From the number-one New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Colleen Hoover comes "A stand-alone romantic thriller that is tragic, creepy, and brilliant!" (Mel Reader Reviews)
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 best-selling 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 to love her.
Sexy. Twisted. Consuming.
Due to graphic scenes and mature content, this book is recommended for listeners 18+.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 10 minutes|
|Narrator||Vanessa Johansson, Amy Landon|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 07, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#156 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#20 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#22 in Romantic Suspense (Books)
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Guys, I won't lie. I got truly creeped out at times with this one. The way this book was written truly brought out a side of Hoover I never thought possible. I don't know how many times I asked myself if she was possessed while writing this one.
The POV of this book was interesting. I thought going in you would see things from Verity's POV but like most of this book my theory was thrown out the window as soon as I started. But it worked. It was beyond fascinating seeing Verity from the POV we did and written any other way I don't think this book would have been what it is and that would have been disappointing.
Throw all your theories out the window right now. At times some things were predictable but the plot twists and that ending came out of nowhere and in such a delectable way. Just sit back and be prepared for your heart to race and your mind to run with possibilities.
Bravo Hoover. I only hope we get to see more of this side of you in the future.
I have never liked one of this author's books, sappy romance isn't my thing, so I haven't read anything by her in years. But when I saw Tarryn Fisher had promoted it and called it dark and twisty, I was exited. I enjoy a dark and twisty book, but I like smart books. Hitchcock is a favorite of mine.
This is not quite that. And leaving the ending open, felt rushed.
Sort of like she got down to the wire, and didn't have time to finish it. Or she wrote the book without knowing what the ending would be.
I know she has a large fan club who always leave her glowing reviews, but if you are looking for a review from someone who loves this specific genre and doesn't leave fan reviews, read the Sugar and Spice review. It's a very honest three star review. I had seen it, I discounted it. I wish I hadn't. I'm finished the book and left with a meh taste in my mouth. Underwhelmed for the cost. I might have paid 0.99 for the book had I listened to the three star and less reviews. But I paid full price and it just wasn't worth it. I had to force myself to finish after the halfway mark.
Great idea for a novel, but maybe better written by someone who enjoys the genre more. I hate to say stay in your lane to anyone, but clearly she has a large crowd of adoring fans for a reason. Perhaps romance is better for her.
I am FLOORED at the amount of positive reviews this book has received. An overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars....? HOW?
I'm not talking about story or content, as many of the few negative reviews there are focuses on the disturbing content. I'm talking about the absolute mediocrity of the writing. For all the positive reviews, I was expecting some exceptional writing, character developments and plot twists and it just was not there. I disliked every character. There was just nothing for me to like about any of them. They all made questionable, illogical and very unrealistic decisions. I mean, I expect to suspend my belief of "reality" when reading books or watching movies, but this was excessive to the point where I totally checked out of the story and was just reading for the sake of finishing the book.
As for the "disturbing content", again, it was just not there for me. Honestly, I picked up this book with the intention of indulging in some sexy (okay, maybe smutty) thrills and chills. And there were sex scenes. A fair amount. Of nondescriptive, repetitive, vanilla sex. That became annoyingly obligatory and prudishly lacking. And yes, there is some violence against children and I can understand why some parents would be turned off by this. However, again, it was so vanilla to me, and due to the inferior writing, was not as horrific as it seems like it should have been. I am a parent. I sleep fine at night after reading this.
I am not familiar with this author and I am not an avid reader of "romance" (ie, sex) novels, but I do appreciate a heavy sprinkling of adult content in my books. If you're looking for something well written, that will creep you out and turn you on, this one is not gonna float you boat. If you aren't picky with your prose (or particularly bold in the bedroom) and want a fast, easy read, go for it.
Top reviews from other countries
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!
From the very start when our main character witnesses a man get hit by a car you know there is going to be something a little strange about this book. As Lowen goes to live with Jeremy and verity and be a cover writer for Verity who has been injured in an accident, she finds something Verity wrote that makes Lowen question everything that Jeremy knows about his wife and the tragic death of their twin girls. Then as Lowen notices strange things about Verity we begin to see things might be as they first appear....
To say Colleen doesn't normally write thrillers she did an awesome job at this one. I found myself hooked and completely lost in Verity. It is so well written it has you questioning everything and everyone. It's written in a way that you actually find yourself open mouthed at what you are reading and then at the end everything is flipped on it's head and you are left completely confused by what you read.
I have seen lots of people all have different opinions and conspiracy theories on this book and I love how Colleen ended it that everybody thinks differently. I have seen lots of people wanting a sequel but I am quite enjoying that it can be interpreted in so many different ways. I think it adds a real element and an extra layer to the book.
I always knew Colleen was talented but turning her hand to a completely different genre and getting it so right really lifts her even higher in my estimation and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!!