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 what really happened the day her daughter died.
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.
Verity is one of those books you should go into blind or with as little information as possible. Colleen Hoover is an automatic buy author for me, so I read it only knowing it was a romantic suspense novel.
Verity features an autobiography that the main character is reading. This autobiography is easily the best part of Verity and the reason I’d recommend this book. Hoover is known for her romance novels since she almost exclusively wrote within that genre, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that her writing is reminiscent of Tarryn Fisher’s. If you enjoyed the Love Me with Lies series you’ll love Verity.
“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.”
As with all suspense novels, Verity is incredibly slow paced until the final few chapters. Those chapters will blow readers away, but getting there can be a bit of a chore at times. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough because I wanted to read more of the autobiography.
“Find what you love and let it kill you. – Charles Bulowski”
I flipped back and forth between rating this novel four or five stars. I ended up settling on five stars simply because Hoover’s writing is phenomenal. I can only hope she continues to write in this genre and maybe team up with Fisher again!