It’s very rare that I read a book so obsessively that I finish it in less than 12 hours – and being on a book ban, I’ve had to find other methods of fulfilling my need to buy books spontaneously; when I get that incessant need to read right there and then. When I discovered that Verity by Colleen Hoover, a book I’ve seen popping up all over the blogosphere recently, was available to borrow for free from Amazon Prime Books, I jumped at the opportunity and downloaded it immediately. I started reading ten minutes later; and then the next morning; and then on my lunch hour; and finally at 5.01 pm, as I finished up the workday, I cracked on with the last 100 pages and finished up the book. Devoured in about 2 and a half hours of reading total. Here’s why it was such a hit for me…
Verity by Colleen Hoover Book Review
Reading thrillers was a past time that I thought I had moved on from – in 2020, of the 124 books I read, only 11 of them were thrillers, which compared with previous years is a bit of a surprise to me. I do think that this year will be mightly different off the back of my reading of Verity.
Verity focuses on author Lowen Ashleigh; she’s skint, her royalties are non-existent and she’s just been evicted from her apartment after the death of her mother. She receives a call from her agent advising her of a meeting – and on the way, witnesses a man being hit by heavy New York traffic. Covered in blood and not looking her best, she is assisted by a passing stranger. Except it’s not a stranger; it turns out to be the man she’s due to have a meeting with. Jeremy Crawford is the husband of a VERY reputable thriller writer and they’re urgently seeking a ghost-writer to continue on with the series after Verity, his wife, has had an accident.
The Crawfords don’t have a lot of luck, frankly; not only has Verity, the mother, had a life-altering accident, they also lost their twin daughters in separate incidents. Lowen takes the job – for the money, not for the fame – and instantly finds herself falling deeper and deeper into a complex and compulsively bloodcurdling situation.
Terrifying but oh-so-addictive
I’m not going to lie; I’m quite glad I read this during the day and not at night because it was a very creepy read. I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book before but it most definitely won’t be my last by her – the book was intricately written and every sentence led beautifully onto the next twist and turn. Nothing was written for the sake of it – no stone was left unturned at the end. Except for one thing – and that’s the most frustrating yet satisfying thing at all. You find yourself asking certain questions upon finishing the book and whatever you decide, the ending is exceptionally satisfying. Verity by Colleen Hoover is the perfect read for 2021.
Read it. That’s all I have to say.
Read it and be blown away.