Title : Verity
Author : Colleen Hoover
Publisher : Hachette India
Pages : 336
Genre : Thriller
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.
Verity. It’s the kind of name that immediately reflects the image of someone effortlessly popular, unimaginably glamorous and sensuously mysterious. The Verity Crawford in this story isn’t quite distinct from this initial perception. She is ‘the’ author who writes bestselling novels, all from the perspective of the villains.
Our narrator Lowen is also a writer, but she prefers a life of solitude, away from any kind of recognition or spotlight. Lowen herself is pretty mysterious because I had no idea whether she’s reliable as a narrator. And then there’s Jeremy Crawford, Verity’s husband. He too is pretty secretive.
There’s so much more than just the mystery about Verity. We could be in the shoes of an author, read about all the crazy writing processes that authors often adopt. All those rigorous notes, days of hard work and sweat and finally the final product that we hold in our hands in the form of a physical copy. Reading about all that was mystifying.
I must say, Verity is more the journey than the destination. The entire novel was quite pacey and I couldn’t stop guessing or making assumptions about the truth. This mystery will not let you sleep at night, and you will be compelled to keep reading it. You will just need to know. And then bam, the climax. I’m still not sure how I feel about it, because probably deep down inside I was hoping for something more incredulous, more dramatic and mind-boggling. Yes, it’s an ending I did not expect but it wasn’t the kind of ending that I desired. It did put me off to an extent, but then I remembered the journey and now when I look back, I don’t regret it. The reading experience was phenomenal and I wouldn’t let the ending ruin it for me. So if you ask me if I recommend it, then I would say, definitely, go for it.