‘Verity’ By Colleen Hoover [Book Review]

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It’s already been over a month since I read this book, but I am still quite unsure how to feel about it. Don’t get me wrong; I really enjoyed reading it. In fact, I almost couldn’t put it down that it didn’t take me long to finish it. The premise itself is so thrilling, to begin with.

Loren, a writer who hasn’t been having a time of her life, suddenly gets an opportunity to die for. She has been chosen to continue writing the remaining books in the series of Verity, a famous writer who’s suffering from a permanent injury. It seems a lot of work, but she knows the money she’ll get from the gig will help her start anew. So, she accepts the job.

In order to start writing, she needs to do some research first. And so, she is invited by Verity’s husband to go to their family home, so she can go through her stuff and take a look at whatever notes or research Verity has already done regarding the series. She says yes despite having doubts at first. She simply accepts the fact that it’s part of the job. Anyway, she won’t stay there for so long.

Because of some unfortunate event, however, Lowen ends up staying in Verity’s home longer than planned. It’s weird, but also exciting at the same time. Apparently, the hot husband is into her. She’s interested in him, too. They start having a thing.

But something does not feel right. It seems like Verity’s not really what everyone thinks she is. Although people keep telling Lowen that Verity’s really harmless given her condition, she is not convinced. In fact, Verity seems sinister to her. Her presence always creeps Lowen out. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before Lowen finds out what’s really happening with Verity.

Okay, I’ll stop right here. I won’t say what happens next, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. But fine, I’ll talk about the last chapter without revealing what it’s all about. It’s the reason why I still can’t make up my mind what to think of this book, anyway.

I am feeling this way because I am still unsure whether it’s really necessary, or if it really works, to begin with. To be honest, I kind of felt cheated when I finished reading it. But after giving it some thought, I realized that it’s probably left me bothered because the ending actually works. And perhaps, how I felt upon reaching the end of the novel is the exact effect the author has always wanted to have on readers.

But anyway, regardless of whether that final chapter has succeeded or not, I can still say that this book gave me a great reading experience, and most of the time, that alone is more than enough. So if you’re looking for a book to keep you up at night, you might want to give it a shot.

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