Author: Colleen Hoover
Series info: Standalone
I’ve read many Colleen Hoover books and almost all are feeling-heavy romance books. The next Colleen Hoover book I was considering was Regretting You but after many negative reviews, I decided not to read it.
Verity showed up in my radar when I was looking for books to read for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt “book with an upside down image in the cover”. Verity was listed in the book recommendations list for this prompt and I decided to try it.
I did not even read the synopsis so I expected a romance book. This book blew me away though.
Lowen’s mum just died after battling cancer for several months. Being a writer is hard but being a writer with an unpopular book out, no job and lots of bills? It’s a dead end.
When she’s just about being evicted from her place, she gets an offer to write for a popular series instead of the real author Verity. And it pays a lot.
So she moves into Verity’s house where she’s barely functioning after a car accident, trying to understand the series and make an outline. But all is not what it seems in the huge house.
Verity and her husband’s twin daughters died one after the other, and soon after that Verity crashes into a tree? Either it’s just really bad luck or there’s something else going on. And Lowen is about to find out.
This book was SO ADDICTING, y’all.
I expect romances and touchy feely stories from Colleen Hoover so this blew me way. She should really write more books in this genre!
Let me describe my emotions as I read this book:
- first confused, because the vibe was not like a romance book.
- more intrigue.
- straight up SHOCKED.
- a d d i c t e d.
- reading as fast as I can because THIS. BOOK. OMG.
- more shock.
- also disbelief?!
And that was until only about 50% through.
Let’s talk about my feelings in a list because I need structure to talk coherently.
- the plot was so cool.
I loved how it began and introduced us to the characters. The charm to the characters immediately drew me in. The random setting in the beginning was actually a really good hook.
The story progressed so well. The way things were unveiled kept me hooked in every chapter.
- the writing.
The story follows Lowen in the current time but when she reads Verity’s autobiographical manuscript, we’re transported back to that timeline as well. And let me tell you, the manuscript chapters are the most adrenaline-inducing.
Colleen Hoover just managed to GRIP me.
- the characters.
They were complex and had layers which got peeled back slowly as the story goes on. It’s not a book where the characters are perfect, but they’re perfect for the story.
And they’re quite interesting, especially Verity.
- mystery and thrill ON POINT.
Honestly, this is the best book by Colleen Hoover that I’ve read so far. Forget the romance books, I want more books like this from her.
My heart was stuck in my throat around the end. I could not lift my eyes from my Kindle and I was sitting in a tense position while reading it. For the last hour I was pretty much locked in place.
The experience was too good.
- the ending and aftermath.
The ending was TOO DAMN GOOD. For TWO nights after I finished the book I was just thinking about it before sleep. As in, I was trying to sleep but took an hour extra to fall asleep because this book wouldn’t leave my head. The scenes, the dialogues, the characters, the ending kept playing on loop in my head.
It gave me a proper book hangover.
The book blew me away and you should DEFINITELY read it.
It’s not a long book either so it’s good as a thriller book to read in one or two days. And I guarantee that you will get hooked in as well. The characters, the plot, and the vibe from the writing all fit together so well to create a headspace when reading it.
I rate this book..