Verity by Colleen Hoover
Published by Hoover Ink on December 7, 2018
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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 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.
A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, releasing December 18th.
Verity is a psychological thriller with an element of horror that stems from the unknown. I read this story with my eyes wide open and a frozen expression on my face. It was not at all what I expected. I recommend you go in blind with the understanding it is a unique, memorable page turner. The horror aspect came from the uncertainty as well as a few dark revelations.
A crap start to the day is somewhat remedied by a thoughtful good man who comes to Lowen’s rescue. Unbeknownst to Lowen, she will be spending a lot more time with Jeremy than she imagined.
Jeremy is a caring all round nice guy and an easy to like character. He’s a genuine family man who is trapped in a hellish situation. Impressively, he soldiers on without complaint, taking care of his wife and their child with the assistance of a home nurse.
Lowen is desperate and flattered enough to take on the task of continuing Verity’s series but first she needs to get into the woman’s head. This is tricky considering her only method of doing so is by reading her past work and looking through her notes. At this point I wanted to ask her if she would consider writing a couple of books I am waiting not so patiently for. But then I remembered Lowen is a character and it really isn’t my place to request her services even if she was a real person!
From here on in the story becomes complicated and not all is as it seems. I loved the mystery and the passion that leapt off the page. The sexual tension was constantly on simmer. Judgment was always close by. Survival and happiness and the writers’ professional credibility was on the table.
When I am asked to name my favourite authors who write gripping thrillers, Colleen Hoover isn’t a name that springs to mind. After having read Verity, I need to add her to my list of favourites! The story has an open ended wrap up, with the reader left to ponder and draw their own conclusion.
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