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Top Shelf: Verity by Colleen Hoover

Updated: Jun 24, 2023

In case you've been living under a rock, Colleen Hoover's books are all the craze on social media, in the bookstores and on bestseller lists! You can read about Colleen, or "CoHo" as her fanbase likes to refer to her, in my post from last summer.

I recently finished Veritya dark thriller, which is unlike anything Hoover has written previously. Admittedly, I am not a big fan of this genre, however, this book is a good one. The main character, Lowen, is a struggling writer who accepts the offer to finish a bestselling author's remaining book series. Unable to write, author Verity Crawford, is nonverbal and bedridden after suffering severe injuries in an accident. Verity receives constant care from a visiting nurse and her husband, Jeremy.

Jeremy invites Lowen into their home so she can spend time reading through Verity's notes. While working in Verity's overwhelmingly disorganized office, Lowen discovers Verity's autobiography manuscript. She quickly becomes consumed in reading the private and public details of Verity and Jeremy's lives — how they met, their complicated relationship dynamic and the circumstances surrounding their twin daughters' deaths in two separate accidents.

As Lowen spends more time in the Crawford home, her relationships with Jeremy and his and Verity's son, Crew, deepen. Lines become blurry, paranoia sets in and the distinction among reality, perception and assumption come into question.

Readers experience the twists and turns from page-to-page until the final words — The End.

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