Verity by Colleen Hoover

 

"Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse.

I've been waiting on a thriller like this for years."

Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author

 

Title: Verity

Author: 

Colleen Hoover

Genre: Romantic Thriller

Release Date: December 7, 2018

 

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.

 

 

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Verity
by Colleen Hoover © 2018

“What are you wearing?” Corey is staring down at my shirt, perplexed, just now noticing it despite having spent the last fifteen minutes with me.

I look down at my oversized shirt. For a moment, I forgot how ridiculous I look. “I spilled coffee on my other shirt this morning and had to change.”

“Whose shirt is that?”

I shrug. “Probably yours. It was in my closet.”

“You left your house in that? There wasn’t something else you could have worn?”

“It doesn’t look high fashion?” I’m being sarcastic, but he doesn’t catch it.

He makes a face. “No. Is it supposed to?”

Such an ass. But he’s good in bed, like most assholes.

I’m actually relieved when the conference room door opens and a woman walks in. She’s followed, almost comically, by an older man walking so closely behind her, he bumps into the back of her when she stops.

“Goddammit, Barron,” I hear her mumble.

I almost smile at the idea of Goddammit Barron actually being his name.

Jeremy enters last. He gives me a small nod that goes unnoticed by everyone else.

The woman is dressed more appropriately than I am on my best day, with short black hair and lipstick so red, it’s a little jarring at nine thirty in the morning. She seems to be the one in charge as she reaches for Corey’s hand, and then mine, while Goddammit Barron looks on. “Amanda Thomas,” she says. “I’m an editor with Pantem Press. This is Barron Stephens, our lawyer, and Jeremy Crawford, our client.”

Jeremy and I shake hands, and he does a good job of pretending we didn’t share an extremely bizarre morning. He quietly takes the seat across from me. I try not to look at him, but it’s the only place my eyes seem to want to travel. I have no idea why I’m more curious about him than I am about this meeting.

Amanda pulls folders out of her briefcase and slides them in front of Corey and me.

“Thank you for meeting with us,” she says. “We don’t want to waste your time, so I’ll cut right to the chase. One of our authors is unable to fulfill a contract due to medical reasons, and we’re in search of a writer with experience in the same genre who may be interested in completing the three remaining books in her series.”

I glance at Jeremy, but his stoic expression doesn’t hint at his role in this meeting.

“Who is the author?” Corey asks.

“We’re happy to go over the details and terms with you, but we do ask that you sign the non-disclosure agreement. We would like to keep our author’s current situation out of the media.”

“Of course,” Corey says.

I acquiesce, but I say nothing as we both look over the forms and then sign them. Corey slides them back to Amanda.

“Her name is Verity Crawford,” she says. “I’m sure you’re familiar with her work.”

Corey stiffens as soon as they mention Verity’s name. Of course we’re familiar with her work. Everyone is. I hazard a glance in Jeremy’s direction. Is Verity his wife? They share a last name. He said downstairs that his wife is a writer. But why would he be in a meeting about her? A meeting she isn’t even here for?

“We’re familiar with the name,” Corey says, holding his cards close.

“Verity has a very successful series we would hate to see go unfinished,” Amanda continues. “Our goal is to bring in a writer who is willing to step in, finish the series, complete the book tours, press releases, and whatever else is normally required of Verity. We plan to put out a press release introducing the new co-writer while also preserving as much of Verity’s privacy as possible.”

 

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Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones

"If an attraction is present between two people, those two people can only be one of two things. Involved or not involved. There is no in-between."

Colleen Hoover wrote a romantic thriller? WHAT? Excited is an understatement of how I felt about reading Verity. I had no idea what to expect and nervously turned each page afraid of what might be there. I was like one of those women you watch on TV thrillers that instead of running to hide goes directly toward the danger.

After reading the synopsis I already knew that Lowen was going to uncover a secret when she discovered the autobiography. It was torture as the details were revealed gradually throughout the story. I wanted Lowen to take it to bed and sit up all night reading it in one sitting as I did with this story. But, it was understandable that she could only digest so much at a time. The contents were shocking and hard to accept.

I found the idea of hiring another author to complete his wife's very successful series to be a very interesting plan. Being that her writing career is what paid the bills, and due to the fact that because of his wife's injury she required extensive medical care, it makes sense, right? But what happened to her? Are you as curious as I was? My suggestion is to just start practicing your WTF? face in the mirror now so you'll be ready when you read this twisted tale. #MindFuckAlert

The story is told from Lowen's POV, so the reader is inside her head receiving her thoughts and feelings. But, without knowing the other side of every situation you are left hanging right along with her as she attempts to get to the truth (aka verity). As Lowen assures Jeremy, "There's a word for everything." That might be a fact, but when trying to express how much I enjoyed this story I just can't find the right word. I'll just say it's waaayyy better than "alright" and leave you wondering what I'm smilin' about. 😉

 

 

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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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