• Paulina Maurovich

Verity by Colleen Hoover


“Some families are lucky enough to never experience a single tragedy. But then there are those families that seem to have tragedies waiting on the back burner. What can go wrong, goes wrong. And then gets worse.”

Colleen Hoover is one of those writers that has the magical ability to write in every genre, in every point of view and in different ways and the result will always be the same, an intriguing and award deserving masterpiece.

I became obsessed with Hoover's writing a few years back and since then I am one of the first ones to always try and get a copy of her books. I was not expecting something like Verity, never in a million years would I expect to read something so scary, intriguing and page turning specially coming from the love guru herself. I did a good job in coming across Verity and starting reading it with a blank state, with no idea of how the book was going to develop and scare my guts out.

That is one of the first things that actually surprised me. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting, but Coho's books usually do that do me. However, as a mystery and thriller lover I have tried to read horror stories and have surprisingly been scared of a rotund zero books. This one though, coming from a generally romance author, and not supposed to be horror left me with my gut wrenched and my mind going crazy and unable to turn off. This is what Colleen Hoover does to you, she makes you feel so completely that every single line and every single word emits a response in you like no author can do.

Verity narrates the story of Lowen, a struggling writer who gets the chance of a lifetime to finish the series of a very well known author called Verity who after a tragic accident is left without brain activity and unable to talk, write, or walk. As she finds her self in a house that is not hers, and playing house with a husband that is definitely not hers either her feelings start to cloud from professional to romantic. However, her situation gets worse when she finds an auto biography of Verity herself in which she narrates dark, dark thoughts she used to have. As she starts falling in love with Jeremy, Verity's husband, she has to make a decision whether to tell Jeremy the truth of what she found even if it destroys him completely or remain quiet and hope for the best.

This books is told in different point of views, intercalating Lowen's paranoia and the Verity's autobiography. It is a book within a book, with such precious writing too. It is set in an adult voice, which proves to be even more chilling. The twist and turns are not easy to digest, the book itself is not easy to read. Its evil, cruel and raw.

Hoover makes you question everyone's sanity, after reading it I felt I had to read it again and expect to find a clue or a hint that would derail me into guessing that ending. This book sucker punched me and blinded me in so many ways, again I was not expecting this and that's what makes it even better.

--- 5 stars ---

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