Verity by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
Published: 7 December 2018 by Hoover Ink, Inc.
Page count: 333
My Format: eBook (purchased)
Cover: Strange
Pacing: Great
Ending: Frustrating and fantastic
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy Verity

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

My Thoughts
I have seen nothing but Verity, Verity, Verity, in reviews, blogs, and recommended thriller lists for the past year or so. I accumulated some Amazon digital credits a while back, so I purchased Verity for my Kindle… but I didn’t read it right away. I tend to dislike super-hyped books so I have an inclination to avoid them… at least for a while. However, this one deserved the hype.

I honestly don’t know how to write a review for this book. I feel like everything I say could possibly be a spoiler and I absolutely don’t want to ruin the story for anyone. So forgive me if my review seems short or overly simple. Here are my pros and cons for Verity:

Pros

  1. The story itself is super easy to read. I’d almost describe it as overly simplistic… and that isn’t a criticism. Sometimes it is nice to read a story that isn’t verbose.
  2. The story jumps right in to the action… from the get-go you will be hooked.
  3. Each chapter ends with enough suspense to make you keep reading. It was hard to put this book down. This is definitely a thriller and there are moments that will give you the heebie-jeebies!
  4. The characterizations were simple, straightforward, and fantastic.
  5. I’m a huge fan of unreliable narrators and misdirection and this book is a master class for that trope.
  6. The ending!! OMG!

Cons

  1. Graphically sexual.

Summary
The ending is what confirmed the book’s 5-star rating from me. Again, I feel like I can’t say a word without giving away potential spoilers, so I will just say that I have thought about the ending quite a bit since I have read the book. I’ve analyzed it over and over and I’ve come up with several theories about what happened and what didn’t happen. I usually hate books with unclear endings, but this one was so amazingly written that I have to commend the author for her cleverness!

This book will be memorable for multiple reasons and I do recommend it unless you prefer to avoid very graphic sexual scenes.

If you would like to read this book and form your own opinion, please consider purchasing through this link: Buy Verity. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

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(image from Goodreads)

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