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Verity by Colleen Hoover

Digital Reads Reviews is a blog-haven for book posts and tech tips. This is a review of a romantic suspense


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.

My Review

What was it all about

Verity by Colleen Hoover was all about a struggling author, Lowen, who was hired by Jeremy to finish the books in a series written by his wife. Verity. In search of research notes, at their place, Lowen found an autobiography with chilly, heart-stopping secrets. 

Should she tell Jeremy or not?

How it made me feel

The entire prose made me feel icky as if a thousand thorns were prickling my skin. The words chosen were raw, but not in a good way. 

The constant graphic sex even when the last chapter indicated that those scenes were not needed, made me feel as if the lines were inserted because sex sells. 

The main character, Lowen, made me want to bop her one. Judgmental and righteous, a know-it-all of sorts, she got on my nerves from the second chapter. The first chapter was good. 

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The Good

The storyline was absolutely fantastic. If any of my thriller writers had thought of this plot, then it would be a bestseller as the book deserved that kind of treatment. 

Some of the scenes, especially those written in the autobiography manuscript were chilling. I loved the darkness in them. 

The Bad

The main character. The less said about her, the better. Every story had his version, her version, the truth. The main character thought she knew better. 

Pages of sex. Was it written because it was a romantic suspense? I didn’t know. So much of it was not needed. I couldn’t imagine how a woman in climax would bite the wood of the headboard and leave bite marks all over it. And the teeth marks could be clearly seen. Huhh! What!

If you are getting that kinda sex, lucky you! Why are you reading this review? Go, have sex. 

The delivery of the storyline felt as if the subplots were not seamless, especially at the end, when there was a big twist. The entire book had the feel that the author was pretend playing at writing a thriller. When did you last read – she tore the letter to tiny pieces and ate it up to get rid of it? *massive eye roll*

I wanted genuine thrills where each reveal would cause goosebumps to arise over my skin. Alas, it only gave me the feel an uncomfortable, icky feel. Some of them were unbelievable subplots. 

The narrators of the audiobook too didn’t work for me as the expressions were missing. So I switched over to the ebook and realized there really were hardly any emotions. 

The Conclusion

Almost all of you would like the book. Don’t go by my review. The author had many fans who swore by this book. This was my second attempt at her reading. My first book by her, Heart Bones, review could be found here, was good.

The dark thrill was missing

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Book Details

Publication Date: 2021

I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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7 Responses

  1. I really liked her book Regretting You (contemporary women’s fiction with romance), but I have not read any of her others. You know I prefer the romantic plots, so this one would probably not appeal to me. 🙂 How are you, Shalini?

      1. Well, winter is determined to stick around this year, so I’m still dealing with the bitter cold. Sigh… At least you don’t have to worry about that in your part of the world. I would trade the cold for the heat and humidity any day 🙂 🙂

  2. I will pass on this one, Shalini. I just read It Ends With Us Colleen Hoover and really liked it, but I am not one to read books with lots of graphic sex.

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