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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|| #39 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#6 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#12 in Romantic Suspense (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018
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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.
In this moment, I can still feel the adrenaline pumping through my veins. It's an uneasy yet empowering feeling that I'm not sure I have ever felt after reading a book. But Verity had this way of trapping every ounce of my brain as I was reading. I completely forgot about the world around me as I got lost in the mystery and suspense of this novel. I felt as if I had become these characters, but I could no longer trust even myself. Because everything I thought I knew about this story would always come back to prove me wrong.
As someone who absolutely loves the suspense/thriller genre, I can tell you that Colleen Hoover did an amazing job writing Verity. She may be a romance author, but she proved with this novel that she can write any genre and make it great. Because Verity still had that awesome CoHo style that we all know and love. It still had Colleen's amazing fluid writing style with her unique and enticing storyline. It's just that Verity happened to be a little more (or rather, a lot more) dark and twisted than her other novels.
So don't be afraid to give Verity a chance. It may not be your typical Colleen Hoover book, but it is just as amazing as her other novels. Just be prepared to spend your entire day (or night) reading this book, because if there is one thing I can promise you, it's that you will not want to put it down.
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.
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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!
Ultimately, characterisation stole the show. The somewhat twisted love triangle between Lowen, Jeremy and Verity was what created suspense. I didn't even notice when I connected to the characters, because the primary objective was to get to the bottom of the mysteries. It wasn't until the end of the book, I realised I cared about Lowen and Jeremy. I wouldn't say Lowen was a really likeable narrator, but she wasn't unlikeable either. I certainly empathised with Jeremy, due to the grief and tragedies he and his family had to endure.
I like characters like Verity. They're enigmas, that every reader who enjoys such characters, wants to get to the bottom of. Hoover checked every box, as she was a deeply complicated and disturbing character, right until the last few pages.
The book's structure alternates between Lowen and Verity's perspectives. The reader is aware of Verity's perspective prior to the events of the novel, through the secret autobiography that Lowen reads. This structure definitely kept the pace of the book going, as I was engaged throughout reading it. Sometimes, from my own personal experience reading books like this, this can be a tricky thing to achieve without frustrating the reader, but Hoover pulled it off flawlessly.
As well, this book is steamy (fog up the glass steamy…). Just as the steaminess was beginning to get a little too much for my enjoyment of the story, Hoover halted it, as if she'd read my mind. In fact, Lowen herself said it. This really reinforces for me, that Hoover knew exactly what to give to the reader, and in what dosage.
I was trying to decide if I felt this story was original, because at times, I felt I was reading something very similar to some movies I've seen (not naming them, as to prevent spoilers). However, I think the ending of this book, definitely deserves Hoover's own mark. It's quite haunting, actually.
Overall, I'd say Hoover has just shown us how to write a romantic thriller and has utterly convinced me I'm to never 100% trust my future spouse. The mysteries of the story were well devised - I had to keep reading to find out all the answers to said mysteries Hoover created. My favourite thing about Verity, is how the ending isn't a fully rounded ending, as it's open to discussion and interpretation. What was the truth? What really happened? Hoover, I’m so mad and glad that the ball is in the readers court! I rated Verity 5 stars on goodreads, and read it within a day. I hope Hoover continues venturing into the thriller genre, I’d definitely pick up whatever she writes next.