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 likely didn't intend 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 to love her.
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“What you read will taste so bad at times, you’ll want to spit it out, but you’ll swallow these words and they will become part of you, part of your gut, and you will hurt because of them.”
Verity is a book I don’t think I’ll ever forget reading. The experience of Verity is something that is impossible to explain, it’s dark, compelling and at times disturbing.
I’ve been a CoHo fan for so very long and have loved every book of hers I’ve ever read. She has a unique writing style that I think no matter what genre you love, you will always love a Coho book. But Verity was a huge step away from the beautiful heart wrenching romances we’re used to getting from her.
Verity is the story of a struggling writer, Lowen Ashleigh, who is going through a terrible time, emotionally and financially. Lowen hasn’t written in months and has absolutely no confidence in herself as a writer nor a person. She’s a recluse who is quite happy to never leave her apartment.
During a meeting with a publishing house and Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author, Verity Crawford, she’s offered an incredible opportunity that could completely change the life she is so unhappy with.
Lowen was a very complex character. She’s paranoid, self-conscious and tortured by her past and her complicated relationship with her mother. After signing the contract of a lifetime, Lowen packs up her life and goes to stay with Verity and Jeremy Crawford to start her job as the ghost writer for Verity’s best-selling series.
During her search of Verity’s office she comes across an autobiography that Verity has written about her life with Jeremy and their children. And everything she thought she knew changes…
Verity, the novel, blew my mind. I started this late at night (I don’t recommend this!) and read through until my eyes were struggling to stay open. There are so many incredibly creepy moments and one in particular had me quickly turning off my e-reader and hiding under the covers where the ‘creep factor’ couldn’t get me! Parts of this unputdownable novel were so incredibly difficult to read but I COULD NOT STOP. I NEEDED to know how this was going to end. I NEEDED to know the secret….
And then when I found out what the secret was, I was almost physically ill with the suspense! I felt guilty for how I had perceived certain characters and disturbed that I had liked others.
“I stretch truths where I see fit. I’m a writer.”
Coho’s writing in this novel is phenomenal, even if you don’t like the story you can’t help but appreciate her talent as an author. Verity is a stretch from what she’s so well known for writing but could easily be described as her best work to date. Verity will push your boundaries, hit your triggers and have you questioning everything. But… IT’S SO DAMN WORTH THE HIT TO YOUR SANITY.
“A writer should never have the audacity to write about themselves unless they’re willing to separate every layer of protection between the author’s soul and their book. The words should come directly from the center of the gut, tearing through flesh and bone as they break free. Ugly and honest and bloody and a little bit terrifying, but completely exposed.”
About the Author: Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
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