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Verity by Colleen Hoover | Book Review

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Verity by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5/5
Publisher: Sphere
Publication date: 20th January 2022

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already-grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue loving her...

My head is spinning. Colleen Hoover is known for her romance novels but this thriller is top notch.

Thirty-one year old writer Lowen Ashleigh is struggling for money, her mother has just died of cancer and she is about to be evicted. She is hired by the Jeremy, the husband of famous author Verity Crawford to finish off the last three books in Verity's series after Verity is injured in a car crash. In order to do so, Lowen goes to stay in their house to sift through Verity's office, looking for any notes that may help or for a way to get into Verity's head and write how she would write.

When Lowen discovers the manuscript of an autobiography of Verity's, she learns more than she cares to know about Verity and the type of person she really is, her obsession with her husband and jealousy of her children when they came along. It doesn't help that Lowen and Jeremy are falling for each other too.

I cannot believe how surprised I was by this book. Warning, there is a lot of spice and some of the details involving the children genuinely made me feel a little sick to my stomach. I sort of guessed part of it but nothing prepared me for the twist at the very end. Incredible. I would love more Colleen Hoover books like this one!

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