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Monday, December 31, 2018

REVIEW: Verity by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover

 by Colleen Hoover

Welcome to thrillers, Hoover! Hope you can stay for a bit!

Publisher: Hoover Ink, Inc.
Publish Date: December 7, 2018
Kindle Edition
250 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Suspense

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 Review:

We all know how wildly popular Hoover is.  We also know just how amazingly talented she is as well.  I'm not much of a romance person but All Your Perfects killed me in the best way possible.  Since I raved about that one, I've been getting pinged by several people who told me, "Hey, you liked Hoover's All Your Perfects, she wrote in your genre - you HAVE to read Verity."  (Paraphrasing a bit).  I wanted to put if off.  Wait until the hype had died down and then I saw it on KindleUnlimited and it was like a sign. So FINEEEEEE, *download*... and there went my next few hours.

I'm back and forth on how I feel about a book within a book.  While sometimes it can seem a bit out of place and tedious (Sorry, Misery **ducks head**), other time it can just shine and almost take over the initial plot line like this one does. I was FASCINATED with the autobiography. I was with Low the whole way as her anxiety grew and as she tried piecing things together. You did WHAT?!

Here's the thing.  Hoover is very good and building the characters and plot line and while I haven't read a lot of her work, what I have read has been very compulsive... and fairly diverse.  I glanced through some reviews since this book has been ALL over social media.  The one thing that kept standing out was people calling this a romantic thriller. Um. I'm not sure if this is an automatic hole to stuff Hoover in or it had to do with the sex scenes. *shrug*  I just don't think I'd quite pigeonhole it into that category.  

I still have some questions, which I think is part of the process of this book and I LOVE a book that makes me think. I was so into this that when the ending did come it felt a bit abrupt.  BOOM.  THE END. Noooooooooooooooooooo!  It's good that a book makes me feel this way but I'm also with this inkling of something I can't quite place.

Either way, I'm a Hoover fan!  I certainly hope she continues to write in this genre and comes visit once in a while.  Get sucked into a Hoover, y'all!



  1. Great review! I haven’t read Hoover before but you addressed all my questions. Will definitely be leaning toward picking this one up!

  2. This book is not like the usual Colleen Hoover book. If you’re looking for hearts and butterflies, you’ve come to the wrong place. While Verity may make your stomach twist with butterflies, it’s definitely not the sweet kind but more like the kind you have to choke down and hold inside.

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