I have been living under a rock because I haven't heard of Colleen Hoover until a few weeks ago. Once I heard about her once I felt like I was seeing her everywhere! I've heard a lot of amazing things about her and can't wait to read more of her books... but for now, I need to talk about what I think is her most talked-about book.

Verity is a book I have definitely seen around but nothing about it intrigued me. I heard multiple people mention it in their 2019 favorites (or non-favorites) and I know Becca and Grace from Bad on Paper talked about this book a lot so I knew I had to read it. Multiple people in my book club Facebook group also raved about Verity so it was meant to be.

I was getting ready to purchase the book when I saw it available on Kindle Unlimited which I have a subscription to but I'm unsure how I am subscribed LOL.

I downloaded it immediately so it was clearly meant to be.

Publisher's Summary

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, the 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 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. 

My Thoughts

I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book but I was enthralled from the moment I started reading. I love a plot that involves an author so, from the moment I found out that Lowen was a struggling writer, I was sold. 

Her instant connection with Jeremy keeps you guessing and you just know that something is going to happen... but yet I didn't know what to expect from Verity and Jeremy's life together. Well, the moment Lowen enters the Crawford home you know that shit is going to hit the fan. 

Without giving too much away, things heat up pretty fast. Lowen starts to think that everything is not what it seems and her opinion of Verity changes drastically, mostly due to the autobiography that she finds deep in Verity's draws. Lowen can't stay away from it and that is when things start going downhill. Jeremey and Verity's relationship/friendship shifts, you see Verity in a different light through flashbacks, and everything is up in the air. 

The book gets creepy real fast as Verity's injuries don't seem too permanent but only Lowen is around to see it. I can't explain too much without giving a lot away and I really don't want to spoil it but the novel is so creepy, so thrilling, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The ending of Verity is just what you would expect to happen... until it isn't. The last few pages were jaw-dropping and bone-chilling. As the reader, you are left with a thousand questions and realize that because of Hoover's writing, things can be as they seem or not. 

If you need a book that is going to change your life, rock your world, and have you reeling for days, that is Verity. Please, if anyone has read it and wants to chat about it, head over to my bookstagram Royally Pink Reads or comment below!

PS: The book is heavy with sex, curse words, vulgar language, and some child abuse. It's gory and disturbing but in the best way possible.

Have you read Verity? Anything else by Colleen Hoover? What did you think?

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