Verity – Colleen Hoover

5 stars

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After seeing Verity all over Instagram, I finally ordered it on Amazon (it is independently published therefore not sold in bookstores) and now that I’ve finished, I’m really kicking myself that I didn’t read this sooner. WHAT in the world is this book?? I devoured this book in one day – about 4 hours total. If you looked up the definition of “page turner”, you’d find a picture of this book next to it.

I honestly have no idea how I’m going to review this because it is the most disturbing book I’ve ever read in my entire life. Really. How an author is able to write a book of this caliber is crazy!

Lowen is at a crossroads in her life; her mother just passed away from cancer after moving in with Lowen for 24/7 care, the advance from her last novel is running out and she hasn’t had time to write since dealing with her mother, and she’s being evicted from her apartment. When her editor sets up a meeting at a publishing office, she’s curious what it could possibly be; her books aren’t that successful and she’s hardly a well-known author, refusing to deal with publicity, social media, book tours, etc.

When presented with an odd offer out of left field worth more money than she’s ever seen at one time, Lowen can’t refuse. Verity Crawford, world famous author of a chilling series, is recovering from a recent car accident that has left her unable to finish the last three books in the series. Lowen is recruited, and hired, to finish the series for Verity. Since Lowen has never read the first six books nor can her writing compare to Verity’s (in her eyes), she’s invited to sift through Verity’s notes by her husband, Jeremy.

When Lowen arrives at their prestigious and perfect Vermont house, she realizes she’ll be writing this novel alone as Verity is in a much worse state than the media has portrayed. Having free reign of Verity’s computers and office, Lowen began scouring her notes and previous books in order to get started on the next three in the series.

It’s during this time that Lowen discovers a typed manuscript deep within one of Verity’s desk drawers. The contents of this autobiography are haunting, absurd, horrific, chilling, and disturbing. Now that she’s read the words she’ll never be able to unsee, Lowen knows she’s in danger. But how can she escape?

I know my words are not doing this book justice but trust me, this book is haunting in every aspect of the word. I love scary movies and all that sort of stuff, but Verity is a different level of scary. It’s a book that will make you question everything you thought you knew about what was right and wrong and will toy with your mind from start to finish.

By the end, my head was about to explode. Between the ending that is entirely left for interpretation, the vivid sex scenes and the mental chaos that was never settled, I’m truly still speechless.

I don’t usually like thrillers – at all – but I’m telling you, this is THE best psychological thriller I’ve ever read. The writing is perfection and literally left me begging for more after every page. It’s fast-paced, intriguing and just downright crazy. I’m so glad that this book lived up to its hype because it’s worth every dang star there is and MORE!

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