For my final bookmas post, I thought what better than a traditional book review. I haven’t been the best reviewer but Verity was one of my very few pre ordered books this year and I might as well talk about it! As Colleen Hoover is my most read author how could I pass up her new book? Especially when it is a foray into a new genre for her.
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.
I picked this up as soon as the pre order was delivered to my Kindle and I barely put it down. It was an addictive book, despite the fact I saw some parts coming. I didn’t think this was particularly shocking and I also don’t think it offered anything new to the mystery/thriller genre but it was somehow still super compelling and captivating.
One interesting factor of Verity is the format, in that there is a book within the book. Verity’s autobiography definitely left me feeling like she was one fucked up individual. I found myself wanting to skip to these chapters to uncover the mystery and to understand more about her. These chapters were deliciously dark and more than slightly disturbing, making them the highlight of the book for me… If you’ve read this and think that makes me a bit strange, my apologies.
I also enjoyed that this was a thriller with two female protagonists and yet neither of them were alcoholics, which seems to be a big trend recently. It feels like a cheap ploy and I was so glad this didn’t go there. Instead, Verity was an unreliable narrator but in a totally new way.
My one proper criticism is that the ending did not feel resolved enough for me. I still had questions that needed answering! I understand it is good to leave people wanting more and some people like to draw their own conclusions, however that is just not for me. I want everything spelled out for me at the end of a book.
Based on my sheer enjoyment and the “unputdownableness” (yes, I am making up words now. Sue me.) I’d say CoHo successfully branched out! Verity was eerie and unsettling and I’d definitely recommend it.