Verity by Colleen Hoover
Published: March 9, 2021
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 read one Colleen Hoover book prior to this one, but that was I want to say in like 2017. So it’s been a while since I dove back into a CoHo book and DAMN was I not expecting this AT ALL. This came AT me. In the best way possible. I literally like almost dropped my kindle when I got to the end of this book because I was so in shock. My husband thought something was wrong with me because I kept just saying “No” to my kindle in disbelief.
I think the best part about this book there was very much a “trust no one” vibe. Every sentence I read, it made almost every character suspicious. I literally could not pin-point who was trust worthy and who wasn’t which is EPIC in this scenario. And all the plot twists were perfectly placed, I mean the closer you get to the end the more get thrown at you but it was just so perfect all the little bits that get torn away each chapter and your questioning yourself on if you really know what’s going on. That makes an amazing thriller/mystery.
I know this genre isn’t a usual thing for CoHo so I have to give an extra round of applause for jumping outside the comfort zone with this and being so successful with it. I don’t read many thrillers and this had my skin crawling at times, I had to read with LIGHTS ON and keep them on for house because my very old farm house goes “thump” in the night and I was CONVINCED Verity was somehow in my house (crazy I know but I’m a baby when it comes to this stuff).
And the pacing is phenomenal, nothing dragged, story flowed really well, I was like in a trance while reading this and I think I finished it in two sittings. I know a lot of people finished it in one, but I have a kid so…I got interrupted! But needless to say, I will be working my way through some CoHo titles now. I know they won’t all be this way, but if the writing is this good, and she’s this good with pace and storytelling. I’m all in.
Let me know what your favorite CoHo book is!