Review: ‘Verity’ by Colleen Hoover

A struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin (could be me, if I didn’t have a day job), Lowen, gets the opportunity of a lifetime to finish the remaining novels in the series of a successful writer, Verity. A car accident rendered Verity paralyzed, leading her husband Jeremy to hire Lowen. Not a bad idea (GRRM can consider), but it involves tremendous effort on the part of the new author, with an equally big reward.

Lowen moves into Jeremy and Verity’s house to conduct research in Verity’s study. But amongst the unfinished manuscripts and research documents, she finds Verity’s unfinished autobiography. Ofcourse, she reads it – only to find confessions of the most sick, twisted and horrible things a person could do. Lowen wishes to burst out of the house that Verity also occupies, but she stays, for Jeremy.

“Verity” by author Colleen Hoover does a great job with some things. The premise is exciting, and the feeling of being creeped out is well translated into the reader’s head. There was a moment, or two, where I felt uncomfortable reading the book alone in the house post sunset. Getting that feeling in a reader is not an easy job, credit where credit is due.

However, some things did not feel right. Not sure what Colleen’s target audience is, but calm down with the sex. Graphic descriptions? Multiple times? While barely contributing much to the plot? It did not make me uncomfortable, just bored.

But, leaving that aside, what exactly do you want when you invest a few days reading a 314 page novel? Some satisfaction? Some feeling of closure? Even if not everything is not cleared up, do you want to end up feeling unsure about what you read in the last 300 pages? Well that’s exactly how I felt. The author wasn’t lazy, we know that from the effort to make the novel creepy. Then why try so hard with that ending, which will probably make readers drop a couple of stars from their ratings?

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