The Truth of Verity

Verity is definitely a book that will keep you hooked. The story revolves around a young writer named Lowen, who's been hired to complete a book series written by Verity Crawford, an incredibly successful author who's been involved in a tragic car accident and is unable to continue writing.

As Lowen moves into Verity's home to go through her notes and outlines for the series, she discovers an autobiography that Verity has written and hidden in her office. As she reads through it, she finds herself getting increasingly drawn into the dark and twisted story of Verity's life, her marriage to a handsome and wealthy man, Jeremy, and the death of their young twins.

This is my first Colleen Hoover novel. While I expected some trauma porn to be headed my way, I was still surprised at how dark and twisted this one became. This book encourages you to question who is telling the truth, which starts out intriguing; however, at the end I'm still not sure who to believe, which is a bit frustrating. The aptly titled Verity encourages the reader to question what is truth and what is fiction and it emphasizes how authors walk that line throughout their narratives. Just don't expect Hoover to clearly define a resolution for you.

I was good at spewing bullshit. It’s why I became a writer.

Despite my frustrations with the somewhat dubious narrative, Hoover more than delivers on the suspense. This one was a real struggle to put down. This is a guaranteed page-turner, a "stay up all night for "one more chapter" kind of read.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Verity. The plot is well-crafted, and the characters are intriguing. However, I must say that the predictability of the story was a slight disappointment. This thriller follows a familiar structure, which makes the twists and reveals a little predictable.

I was also not a fan of the letter at the end, but that's just me. It invalidates so much of the book and begs the question, "why didn't she leave sooner?" The intention appears emphasize the ambiguity of truth is overshadowed by narrative holes.

All in all, Verity is a great read for people who are looking for a suspenseful psychological tale. While the story is a little predictable, the excellent writing and intriguing characters more than make up for it. So, if you're a fan of suspense that takes you into the twisted minds of real people, don’t hesitate to pick up Verity.