BOOK REVIEW: Verity
by Colleen Hoover
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin. When Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, asks Lowen to complete the remaining books in a contract his permanently injured wife is unable to fulfill, Lowen has no choice but to accept. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home with the intention of only staying one or two nights—long enough to sort through Verity’s chaotic home office to collect all the notes and outlines she’ll need to start writing the first novel. But the more time Lowen spends with Jeremy Crawford, the less of a hurry she is in to leave. While there, Lowen uncovers a hidden manuscript. An autobiography containing chilling admissions Verity planned to take to her grave, including the truth behind the events that turned their lives upside down. A truth that, if revealed to Jeremy, would further devastate the already grieving father. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript a secret, allowing Jeremy to continue to believe Verity is merely an innocent, unfortunate victim of circumstance. But as Lowen’s feelings for the devoted father and husband deepen, she wonders if keeping Jeremy in the dark is in her own best interest. After all, if Jeremy were to read his wife’s autobiography, the disturbing truth would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. A chilling romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.
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I discovered this book on TikTok. I’d never heard of Colleen Hoover before. Apparently I was living under a rock! Now that I’m aware of her, I seem to be seeing her name everywhere.
Someone mentioned Colleen Hoover along with Liane Moriarty as favorite writers in the women’s fiction genre. I’m not sure what her other books are like, but I wouldn’t consider this one women’s fiction. It’s more like a cross between thriller and romance—more thriller than romance, but similar to a romance in some of the scenes (if you know what I mean 😉).
“Romance” scenes aside (because that’s not what I normally read or recommend), this book incredible! It pulls you in from the very beginning and then it’s almost impossible to put down. I found myself constantly thinking, “What is going on? Why is this woman like this?” I needed to know where the story was going, and in the end, I was left shocked (more than once) and in disbelief.
If you’re offended by sex scenes, don’t read it. But if you can get past that (or if romance is a normal genre for you), you have to read this book!