I know Verity by Colleen Hoover is not a new book find. To be honest, I loved It Ends with Us, but I was worried Verity wouldn’t live up to it or they would be exactly the same. This was not the case, this was an entirely new story, which was just as good, if not better, in my eyes. Lowen, is a small time writer in New York City and is completely content with that. When her agent sets up a meeting with a publishing company she meets Jeremy Crawford. She is given a huge deal to finish Verity Crawford’s series because Verity had been in a car accident and it left her unable to complete it. At first Lowen wants nothing to do with it, she does not want to be in the spotlight and this is a high profile series. She finally decides to do it under an anonymous name because Jeremy helped talk her into it. He then asks her to come to their house in Vermont to go through Verity’s office and get all the information she needs. When Lowen arrives she finds out that Verity’s car accident wasn’t a fender bender, but she is actually unable to move, talk, or take care of herself in anyway. They don’t even know if Verity is registering anything that is happening around her. If that wasn’t bad enough, more tragedy surrounds this family. Both of their daughters had died in tragic accidents as well. As Lowen starts to go through the office she finds an autobiography written by Verity. As Lowen starts to read she learns terrible truths about this family. Lowen also starts to grow closer and closer with Jeremy, but is constantly trying to shake off the feelings toward him. As Jeremy and Lowen grow closer, Lowen starts to notice things that are off about Verity. She also notices how their son, Crew, acts like his mom talks to him and that she is okay. Lowen starts suspecting that Verity may be playing games with not only her, but her family as well. There are so many times you will second guess yourself on what you believe. There isn’t a moment during or after the book that I was sure I knew what happened.
Favorite Quotes – “I think the idea of me is better than the reality of me.”
“I wasn’t heroic. I wasn’t simple. I was difficult. An emotionally challenging puzzle he wasn’t up for solving.”
“It’s what you do when you’ve experienced the worst of the worst. You seek out people like you…people worse off than you…and you use them to make yourself feel better about the terrible things that have happened to you.”
“It’s natural, to assume the worst in people, even if that assumption is only for a split second”