Review: Colleen Hoover – Verity

Posted January 20, 2020 by Laurie in Reviews / 0 Comments

Before I start with the actual review, I would like to provide some trigger and content warnings. To be honest, I don’t know where to begin regarding these warnings, because this entire book is a big trigger warning from start to finish. A car accident, death, murder, traumatic experiences, manipulative lying…… Verity by Colleen Hoover contains all these triggers. Therefore, I would like to say the following on this subject. If your mental health is unstable and if you are sensitive to different kinds of triggers, this book might not be the best one to pick up for you. This book could make you feel rather unsafe because of the triggers. The first trigger is already on the first page and it doesn’t stop until you close the book. So please be aware of this whenever you decide to pick Verity up. If you still want to read my review, click on “continue reading”.

When I saw Verity by Colleen Hoover being released, it immediately drew my attention. I bought the book in December 2018, but I didn’t read it until now.

Review: Colleen Hoover – VerityVerity by Colleen Hoover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 314
Genres: Thriller
on December 10, 2018
ISBN: 9781791392796
Also by this author: It Ends with Us, 9 november, Mijn belofte aan jou, Sterrenhemel, Too late, Sterrenregen, Regretting You
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three-half-stars

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 something completely different from what we are used to read from Colleen Hoover. It is a different genre, a romantic thriller. Second, it’s independently published. I didn’t notice that at first, but that is probably because Colleen Hoover is an experienced writer.

For me however, the story felt a little flat. I expected to get some real big thriller which would have scared me, but unfortunately I didn’t get that at all. Maybe it’s because Verity is a psychological thriller and I like police thrillers better. However, the writing style was great and the idea was something I didn’t read before. Furthermore, the revelation was something I didn’t expect and I was curious the whole time for what had happened. However, the other events in this book were pretty predictable.

Overall, Verity is a nice book to read, but some elements are pretty predictable. However, it’s not recognisable as a book which is independently published. It unfortunately didn’t blow me away, I’m not the one for psychological thrillers.

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