Book Review – Verity

Financially struggling author Lowen Ashleigh gets signed on to finish writing a series for established, successful author Verity Crawford, who suffered an injury that makes her incapable of writing anymore. To get to know Verity and her writing more thoroughly, Lowen goes to stay at Verity’s home so that she can study what Verity has left unfinished in her office. The stay was only supposed to be for a couple of days, but Lowen ends up staying far beyond what is appropriate and discovers a secret autobiography manuscript Verity had hidden away that brings to light a dark, twisted side of the celebrated author. As Lowen struggles with the secret of the manuscript, she grows closer to Verity’s husband, Jeremy, and begins a dangerous relationship in the bedroom directly beneath the disabled Verity’s room. But things aren’t all that they appear and everyone involved in situation are playing a very dangerous game that may have terrible consequences.

Colleen Hoover’s attempt at mystery/thriller was a pretty good one, but I did find that a few things were unpleasant for me. Specifically, the amount of crazy, obsessive, gratuitous sex. I get that it was done intentionally as part of the plot (twist), but even as someone who enjoys gratuitous sex scenes of an unsavory nature, it was a bit much for me. There were also a few dead end plot pieces that didn’t make sense to me. I won’t go into detail because of spoilers, but they were big enough that it bothered me a bit.

The characters were interesting but I felt that Lowen could have been better. She seemed more like a blank slate half the time and I cannot totally buy in to the fact that she went from curious interest to full on obsession in no time at all. Does Jeremy have a magic dick? What happened there? And who calls a 5 year old boy an asshole!?

The twist and ending of the book were predictable BUT Hoover did leave it up to the reader to decide for themselves whether or not it was believable. Planting that seed of doubt was a good way to wrap the story up, I appreciated that there was no real concrete, unwavering truth at the end. It’s hard to say what I really think happened in this story without spoiling a lot of it, but I will say that I think everyone in this situation sucks and they are all guilty of at least being crazy nut jobs, except probably for the nurse and Crew.

It was a wild book to listen to and even though I had some complaints, overall I enjoyed it. It was a messed up car crash of a thriller that I could not look away from.

This one gets a 3 out of 5. It could have been better, but I liked what it was.

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