Verity by Colleen Hoover
Psychological Thriller with Romance. Standalone.
Wow. I don’t even know how to review Verity by Colleen Hoover. I don’t read thrillers. I don’t watch thrillers. But I also avoid ugly cry books but Colleen has made me love hers. So I trusted her and went in blind, only knowing that it was very different than her past works.
“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.”
Verity is not an easy read. I am not really even sure if I can say it was an enjoyable read. But it was brilliant. Amazingly well written and unputdownable, Colleen will leave you questioning everything.
Verity Crawford is a hugely popular suspense author. Her bestselling series had three more books to go when tragedy happened. And then more tragedy. And then one more tragedy that made Verity unable to finish the series. So her husband and publisher hired a co-writer to help complete the rest of the books.
“My mother used to say that houses have a soul, and if that is true, the soul of Verity Crawford’s house is as dark as they come.”
Lowen was a struggling author on the brink of being homeless when the opportunity arose to finish writing the series. She stayed at Verity’s home with her husband and son to go through Verity’s office and notes to begin to write the next three books. While going through everything, she also came across a manuscript of Verity’s autobiography.
“There is no light where we’re going. This is your final warning. Darkness ahead.”
Listen folks, Verity is disturbing. It’s creepy. It will have you questioning things. But you won’t be able to put it down.
That quote perfectly describes how it felt to read Verity. Now the thing is, for the most part, I need to love the characters, or at least one of the characters in a book I am reading. I didn’t in Verity. I didn’t particularly like any of them. But I don’t think this book is really supposed to be likable. Still, it was good. It was unputdownable and made me doubt every thought I had.
- Amazingly well-written.
- Creepy as hell, but I could handle it.
- This is not a “safe” read by any means, and Colleen never took the safe way out.
- The end was a mindfuck.
- I didn’t really like any of the characters.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.5 Stars (The writing is 5 stars but I’m still not sure if I loved it). Heat 3.5
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Hi Colleen! I just finished reading Verity and holy shit, that was crazy! I am not a scary book or movie person. This is never a book I would have read, but it’s Colleen Hoover, so I had to. I’m so glad I did!
First of all, where are you as you answer these questions?
I’m sitting at my desk in my makeshift office. We sold our office building and are waiting to move into our new office, but in the meantime, mine and Erica and Stephanie’s desks are cramped together and they’re making Christmas boxes to mail out to some of the CoHorts while I catch up online.
What inspired you to write Verity?
I can narrow it down to a couple of things. For one, Jeremy’s character was inspired by my husband and how he doesn’t read my books because he has a hard time separating my characters’ thoughts and actions from my own morals. Heath (my husband) is very concrete in his thoughts and I wanted to use that piece of him to inspire a character in this book.
But the idea for Verity came to me as my mother and I left the theater earlier this year. We had seen a scary movie and I left disappointed because I hated the ending. I thought the first half of the movie was brilliant, but then when the paranormal aspect was introduced, I was let down. Paranormal things don’t scare me. Real life situations—things that can actually happen to you—is what scares me. I was complaining to my mother about how I was hoping the movie would end with it being something that could possibly happen to me in real life. When I got home, I started writing an outline. Several hours later, I had completed the outline for Verity.
Has your mind always been so twisted and you were just hiding it? Haha
You know, I don’t want to answer this with a yes, but it’s a resounding yes. My mother and sister have been waiting for me to step outside of romance for a while. They’re confused how a romance novel even came out of me, much less 16 of them. But yes, I’m a little odd and have a very sinister sense of humor. I’m not romantic or emotional, so if I had to match a book with my personality, I’d say Verity comes much closer than anything I’ve written before it.
I do strange things, like watch car crashes on youtube to relax before falling asleep every night. It was only a matter of time before my actual personality was reflected in a book.
Were you worried about how a different genre would be received by your readers?
Absolutely. I’m known for writing love stories, and while this book does touch on romance, it is nothing like what I’ve written in the past. I was hoping at least some of my readers would support me and read the book, but I have been blown away by response to Verity. Absolutely stunned.
Do you have any special ways you celebrate the holidays?
Not really. I just like to relax and spend time with my family. I don’t like receiving gifts so Christmas is always a little awkward for me. I’d rather just buy everyone else something and not have to open anything.
What are some of your most special and memorable holiday gifts and memories?
As I said above, I prefer not to receive gifts. I think what I dislike about it is the attention and people watching me as I unwrap. I don’t like attention at all. Which is probably the reason my favorite Christmas memory is my favorite. I was eight and my mother woke us up and told us Santa ran out of wrapping paper and couldn’t wrap our gifts. There were two sheets under the tree and she pulled away the sheets and our gifts were all laid out, unwrapped. I loved it! I didn’t have to open anything and it was so much fun looking at all the toys and not feeling like I had to have a reaction to each one.
Have you done any reading lately? What are some recent recommendations?
I just finished Flowers In The Attic last night by VC Andrews. I’ve never read anything by her and was consumed by that book. I started it at 9 pm last night and read until 2 am.
Have you been binge watching anything great?
I haven’t watched television in over three months. But I do want to see the new Dumplin’ move that just released on Netflix so I’ll probably watch that tonight. As far as binge watching, though…I have a short attention span. I don’t think I’ve ever finished an entire series of any TV show if it has more than six or seven episodes. Ever. If I start something with more than one season, I feel overwhelmed and look up spoilers online and then never finish. I think this is why I mostly write standalones. I move on extremely fast from stories.
What music are you currently into? (Psst: my son released a new single this week, “Scared of the Dark” #shamelessmomplug )
Congrats to him! I’ll check it out. As always, I’m into The Avett Brothers. But I recently started listening to Hobo Johnson. His songs are so unique, like a mixture of a band with slam poetry. He’s one of a kind and me and my boys love his stuff.
Can I have a Chrismukkah Confession? Tell me something you don’t share often.
I never believed in Santa. I thought it was such a silly concept.
Thanks so much and have a very happy holiday!
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