READ THE BOOK AT YOUR OWN RISK BUT NEVER AT NIGHT.
Why? Because this book might actually kill you. (No joke)
I was about to sleep at two in the afternoon when I realized there was something odd about my place. I scanned my room around and everything looked surreal; the things appeared more like a vivid painting with distorted corners in my eyes. At first I thought I was just seeing things because of ingesting too much caffeine in the morning so I shrugged the thought off and lie on my bed.
Then, it happened: I saw two horrible-looking men outside my window, staring at me with evil smiles plastered on their faces. From their looks, I knew something terrible was about to happen so I attempted to run away and call out for help but I couldn’t move! I couldn’t even raise a finger. I have never felt so horrified in my whole life when I saw them opening my window. I thought I was going to die that day, then… I woke up!
I realized I suffered from sleep paralysis. (Sleep paralysis is when, during waking up or falling asleep, a person is aware but unable to move or speak. During an episode, one may hallucinate (hear, feel, or see things that are not there), which often results in fear. Read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis) I guess I brought the creepy vibe from the book last night to my nap and made me see things in my sleep apparently. I am never going to read another psychological thriller and romantic suspense book at night. LOL I learned my lesson.
Lowen Ashleigh is a low key writer facing a financial constraint when Jeremy Crawford hired her to ghostwrite the remaining books in a famous series his wife, Verity, is unable to finish due to a traumatic accident.
Lowen agreed to stay at the Crawford’s home hoping to sort through Verity’s countless notes and outlines to help her start the project. She unexpectedly uncovers Verity’s autobiography and starts reading it in hope that knowing what’s in the mind of Verity Crawford could help her prep up with writing the books.
What she doesn’t expect from the manuscript is to unearth EVERYTHING about Verity, including the gruesome things she ever did from the day she met Jeremy leading to her daughters’ death.
Even though she decided to keep the manuscript for herself to save Jeremy from the tormenting pain he is yet to experience when he finds out the terrifying things Verity did, the bizarre circumstances inside Crawford’s home force the whole truth to come afloat with blindsiding disclosure, desolation and chaos.
A writer should never have the audacity to write about themselves unless they’re willing to separate every layer of protection between the author’s soul and their book. The words should come directly from the center of the gut, tearing through flesh and bone as they break free. Ugly and honest and bloody and a little bit terrifying, but completely exposed.”
I didn’t expect the book to be as horrifying and eerie. I thought I was about to read another Colleen Hoover’s regular romantic vibe so I started reading it without checking out the blurb and even the genre. Apparently it was a huge mistake, i.e. if you plan to read it at night which I did.
Verity doesn’t follow the usual sexy, romantic book thread. The book may contain love story and sex but it surely is a hair-raising psychological thriller in general. It’s scary and manipulative, a mindfuck to simply put.
This book spooked the hell out of me I had to ask my significant other to accompany me to the bathroom (I needed to pass two dark rooms before reaching it). It was freakishly unputdownable though because no matter how scared I was with the story, I couldn’t help myself from reading more pages. IT. WAS. HORRIFYING. BEAUTIFUL.
The story of Verity is similar to a mind-boggling winding road. The curves are razor-sharp you’ll never guess where you’ll heading next. You will find yourself ambushed in the turmoils of evil and deviousness, feverishly struggling and screaming for the horror to end. At every turn, your fear and anxiety intensifies sparing you not even a single second to calm down. And the road? Well, it seems forever to trail and then eventually sapping the life out of you until you reach the end, or if there is even an end.
I love how the characters seemed so wrong and right at the same time. Their personality is wickedly flawed, you’ll cringe and still adore them because no matter how fucked up they seem to be, you’ll realize that there is always something good in everyone.
What you read will taste so bad at times, you’ll want to spit it out, but you’ll swallow these words and they will become part of you, part of your gut, and you will hurt because of them.”
Verity is not my usual genre and yes, I’m more into a subtle and non-spooky (haha!) type of romance. But I don’t regret reading it at night even though it took my everything to recover from the trauma it inflicted. It simply means that this book is intense and riveting. And I’d buy every book Colleen Hoover will ever make no matter no haunting, complicated, or confusing it may be. I’m just another CoHort saying her books are definitely worth the read.
You are the type of person who likes thriller/suspense stories, and can stomach weird and morbid things, then this one is certainly a good read for you.