Colleen Hoover is one of the most talked about authors on social media lately. She has been in the controversy for a long time.
However, people cannot deny the fact that initially, the audience loved her and created enough hype for her books.
I am an avid reader, and I love to explore different books and share their reviews with other book lovers like me.
I have read a few of her books, and to be honest, I liked some of them. The book ‘It Ends With Us’ was really good. I know some of you might have different opinions about this book.
She mostly writes contemporary romance, but one of her books, Verity, is a psychological thriller with added suspense and romance. Today, I will be sharing my review of this book.
I have added a brief description of the book; you can check it out; otherwise, jump directly to my review. The review is spoiler-free!
Stay with me to read my Verity Book Review.
Overview of the Book ‘Verity’ by Colleen Hoover
The book starts with a blood-splattering incident where the main protagonist, Lowen Ashleigh, is soaked in blood after a truck hits a person on the road. A man named Jeremy Crawford helps her with the situation.
Lowen is a struggling writer who is facing a financial crisis. She was going to the publisher’s office when the accident happened. After arriving at the office, she is offered an opportunity that can solve her financial concerns.
At the office, she is introduced to Jeremy Crawford again as the husband of Verity Crawford, a famous author. Due to an accident, Verity is not in the condition to finish the book series she was writing.
Jeremy is there to ask Lowen to complete the series in place of Verity as a ghostwriter assistant. He offers a good sum in return, which tempts Lowen to accept the deal.
To understand Verity and her writing process, Lowen agrees to stay at their house for a while. Once reached, she sees the bedridden Verity, paralyzed and mute.
Lowen starts working in Verity’s office and accidentally finds a manuscript, an autobiography of Verity. She starts reading the manuscript and learns many disturbing things about Verity.
She was shocked reading the raw, sick, and dark thoughts of Verity and how she ruined the family. The story starts to unfold, with lots of twists, turns, and drama, and ends in a situation that leaves the readers baffled.
It’s up to the readers what conclusion they want the story to have.
My Review of Verity
I didn’t expect a book like this from Colleen Hoover. The author, who mostly writes contemporary romance, just jumped into a thriller genre and, on top of that, wrote a book like Verity.
Hmmm, surprising, right?
I have read a few of CoHo’s books, and Verity is one among them. I was skeptical to start, but the opening line literally hooked me!
This is how the first chapter starts:
“I hear the crack of his skull before the spattering of blood reaches me.”
Now, you cannot put down the book after reading this line. The book is creepy, scary, disgusting, and horrible. Yes, scenes of this book will make you feel nauseous.
The protagonist, Verity, is a weird, unusual, and sick-minded woman who is obsessed with her husband.
She gets jealous of her own children being close to Jeremy (Verity’s husband). Like HELLO! Woman, are you out of your mind? They are your children, he is the father, and most importantly, you are the MOTHER!
And trust me when I say she did awful things throughout the book. I hate the lady so much!
Lowen was another character in the book who felt forced. She was only existing to read the manuscript of Verity; there was no other motive behind her existence.
Her chemistry with Jeremy was not that good. It was like two sad and lonely people got together because no one else was around.
The author did a great job with the writing because she made us feel nauseated, evoked the strong emotion of hate for the character, and kept us on the edge of our seats.
I needed breathers in between the book to process the scenes. Two or three times, I was on the verge of dropping the book; I almost gave up, but the urge to know what would happen next kept me going.
So, yes, the book was gross and eerie but mysterious enough to hook you from the beginning.
When it comes to genre, it was a combination of thriller, romance, and suspense. As you know, it’s hard to put Colleen’s books in one particular genre.
Overall, it was a good read. I know there are better books with this kind of mystery, but this one will also be worth your time. Yeah, maybe it’s not for everyone, though.
You will only know once you give it a try!
Colleen Hoover’s books have mixed reviews, and the audience is divided, half appreciating her and others backlashing at her.
I hope my review gave you the clarification you needed to pick the book or not. If you are still in a dilemma, I suggest you try reading the book; if you feel it’s not for you, just drop it!
Have you read this book? Drop your review in the comments below!