Rating: 4.5 / 5
VERITY by Colleen Hoover is a book that I went back and forth on so many times. Will I read it? Won’t I read it? I was always intrigued by those reviews talking about how mind blowing it was and dark and a little wary of the reviews that talked about heavy steam. When the author very kindly put this book up as a free download in the early days of people being stuck at home with lots of time to read, I downloaded it to my kindle… then continued the internal debate. Well, when this book was suggested by a few friends for being a good genre hybrid read for a challenge prompt, it was finally time to read it!
VERITY follows Lowen, an author who is broke and essentially homeless until she is offered what sounds like an incredible job. Bestselling author Verity Crawford is suddenly unable to finish writing her popular series of novels due to unexpected injuries and Lowen has been offered the position as co-writer to essentially ghost write the rest of the series in Verity’s voice.
At Verity’s husband’s suggestion, Lowen heads to the family home to dig through all of Verity’s notes to find a direction for the rest of the series. What she doesn’t expect to find is a journal kept by Verity – a very dark and disturbing look into her family’s life and the tragedies they have been through. This begins to taint how she sees Verity’s entire family.
I went into this one pretty blind and I think that is absolutely the right way to go about it! The author does a great job of blending the narratives of Lowen’s experiences in the present day with Verity’s experiences in the past as the POV switches back and forth when Lowen picks up the journal to continue her read. The story that unravels will creep you out and keep you guessing along the way!
So the will I, won’t I debate finally came to an end! I consumed the entire novel in less than a day! I feel like this is one that most of the book world is already well aware of, but if you’re on the fence this one is dark and creepy with lots of trigger warnings, but one that is well worth the read!
#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a genre hybrid book