"What you will read will taste so bad at times you will want to spit it out, but you'll swallow these words and they will become part of you, part of your gut, and you will hurt because of them."
(Verity by Colleen Hoover)
Okay, people, I'm gonna make this introduction short. CoHo has recently published a romantic thriller called
This book is helluva scary. It's also helluva perfect and you should read it. Honestly, I'm now living to see CoHo publish a book that sucks.
But who are we kidding, right? Even the one that sucks would still be great.
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer who has recently lived a tragedy that has left her alone and in debt. She has no family, no lover and no friends. She also has no real idea about why would a husband of a bestselling author Verity Crawford want her to resume writing his wife's ongoing book series.
Soon after coming to his house, Lowen discovers Verity's autobiography - a manuscript that hides the unbelievable truth that nobody yet knows about. Lowen will learn things Jeremy never even suspected about his wife.
He will help Lowen feel welcome in his home while taking care of his wife and his son - while grieving the death of his two daughters. And in him, Lowen will see the man she could love.
But then some really suspicious things will start to happen. Things that will make her feel scared for her own life.
Sometimes it just happens that finishing a book makes me stare at my blank walls in awe. Like yesterday.
When one's an avid reader, one develops a certain sense that helps them know when to expect an unexpected, to feel an upcoming plot twist and, and depending on how much one knows the author's previous work, one can even foresee the destiny of an individual character.
This is not one of those times when you can do any of it.
And if you think that it is, based on a fact that you consider yourself the biggest CoHo fan, you'll be even more wrong. Even more surprised.
Sometimes it also happens that there's a book review you have to write and you know that, no matter how you choose to approach the topic, you will say something that would spoil the book for somebody else.
So I will choose my words carefully (and you should also be very careful while reading other reviews that focus too much on writing about the plot) and tell you that this book will not let you fall asleep. This time, Hoover has left her comfort zone and wrote something she has always been wishing to write: a novel that will freakin' scare us. Days after you finish reading Verity, you will still be wondering about the truth.
Verity is a truly complex novel. While reading it, you'll feel like somebody's trying to peel your skin off, one layer at the time. Like your deepest self is been revealed in a brutal manner, the same way the secrets of our characters are being revealed. It will make you question everything you see, know and read about.
The plot is full of dangerous scenes, just as sinister as the characters. Don't get too comfortable. Or better yet, do get comfortable, just relax, let yourself be shocked to the core.
This novel focuses a bit less on social problems like the ones she usually talks about in her novels. Verity is about the psychology of the villain and that fact gives us readers a whole new experience in the way we perceive the characters.
"Pathological liar, cunning and manipulative, lack of remorse or guilt, callousness and lack of empathy, shallow emotional response."
If you've spent any time at all until now thinking about the title, Verity, it probably gave you some clue about the fact that the truth is the biggest mystery of this novel. It is not coincidental that it is also the name of one of the protagonists. Similarly, it's not a coincidence to see the covers in deep green with children's legs and some kind of strange yellow net all around the small person. It's there to warn you - beware, danger ahead.
As always, I invite you to read the novel. This is by far the most unique of Colleen's books. Here you'll find dramatic and bone-chilling scenes laced with true warm romance. And Verity will make you doubt the truth in both of them.
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