Published by Self-Published on December 7th 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC, ebook
Source: ARC, Kindle Unlimited
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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.
Q & A Review by Angie & Liezel
Out of all of the Colleen Hoover books you’ve read so far, how does Verity compare?
Angie: It’s my favorite book out of all of them. There’s no comparison. This book is so fucked up and her other books, other than Too Late, are all roses and peaches. I’m still processing what I read.
Liezel: I would have to agree with Angie… I thought there was no way that Hopeless could ever beat but Verity proved how wrong I was. Now I am left wondering what other amazingness she could come up with next.
What was so great about it?
Liezel: I loved that it was basically reading a story within a story. I know that sounds confusing and complicated but with the way Colleen wrote it, it was flawless.
Angie: I agree with Liezel. I loved how I was reading two books from two different points of views. There was one story that seems normal then the other was an acid trip. It was like falling down the rabbit hole and never escaping. I enjoyed it immensely and I’m questioning myself about it.
Was there anything that you disliked?
Angie: Other than it being creepy as fucked. Nope, and I even loved how creepy it was.
Liezel: I enjoyed everything about it! BUT… I just can’t over this book, I wish there was another Epilogue, 10 years down the road…
What are your thoughts about the characters? Can you personally relate to any of them? How so?
Angie: If I was a psychopath then yes but since I’m basically normal compared to some of these characters then no. Well, I take that back. I’m very protective of my daughter so there’s that. I just realized I didn’t answer the first question. The characters were so believable that I got lost in their story. The line was blurred between fact and fiction. I love/hate the characters for that reason alone.
Liezel: Crazy thing is… all of the characters have one thing in common – they care for the ones that they love. They have an unbelievable ( psychotic) way of showing it but given the circumstances, I would’ve done the same.
Would you recommend reading this book?
Angie: Yes I would. There would be some caution though. This book isn’t meant to be read by just anyone. It’s dark and disturbing. There are things in this book that are extremely hard to read. I even had a really bad nightmare about this book so yea it’s not for everyone.
Liezel: If you asked me what book should be made into a movie next, I would say VERITY. I love how caught up I got into it, how it kept me guessing until the very end. The ending…. OMG that ending – I’m just blown away. Magnificent writing Colleen!
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“What are you wearing?” Corey is staring down at my shirt, perplexed, just now noticing it despite having spent the last fifteen minutes with me.
I look down at my oversized shirt. For a moment, I forgot how ridiculous I look. “I spilled coffee on my other shirt this morning and had to change.”
“Whose shirt is that?”
I shrug. “Probably yours. It was in my closet.”
“You left your house in that? There wasn’t something else you could have worn?”
“It doesn’t look high fashion?” I’m being sarcastic, but he doesn’t catch it.
He makes a face. “No. Is it supposed to?”
Such an ass. But he’s good in bed, like most assholes.
I’m actually relieved when the conference room door opens and a woman walks in. She’s followed, almost comically, by an older man walking so closely behind her, he bumps into the back of her when she stops.
“Goddammit, Barron,” I hear her mumble.
I almost smile at the idea of Goddammit Barron actually being his name.
Jeremy enters last. He gives me a small nod that goes unnoticed by everyone else.
The woman is dressed more appropriately than I am on my best day, with short black hair and lipstick so red, it’s a little jarring at nine thirty in the morning. She seems to be the one in charge as she reaches for Corey’s hand, and then mine, while Goddammit Barron looks on. “Amanda Thomas,” she says. “I’m an editor with Pantem Press. This is Barron Stephens, our lawyer, and Jeremy Crawford, our client.”
Jeremy and I shake hands, and he does a good job of pretending we didn’t share an extremely bizarre morning. He quietly takes the seat across from me. I try not to look at him, but it’s the only place my eyes seem to want to travel. I have no idea why I’m more curious about him than I am about this meeting.
Amanda pulls folders out of her briefcase and slides them in front of Corey and me.
“Thank you for meeting with us,” she says. “We don’t want to waste your time, so I’ll cut right to the chase. One of our authors is unable to fulfill a contract due to medical reasons, and we’re in search of a writer with experience in the same genre who may be interested in completing the three remaining books in her series.”
I glance at Jeremy, but his stoic expression doesn’t hint at his role in this meeting.
“Who is the author?” Corey asks.
“We’re happy to go over the details and terms with you, but we do ask that you sign the non-disclosure agreement. We would like to keep our author’s current situation out of the media.”
“Of course,” Corey says.
I acquiesce, but I say nothing as we both look over the forms and then sign them. Corey slides them back to Amanda.
“Her name is Verity Crawford,” she says. “I’m sure you’re familiar with her work.”
Corey stiffens as soon as they mention Verity’s name. Of course we’re familiar with her work. Everyone is. I hazard a glance in Jeremy’s direction. Is Verity his wife? They share a last name. He said downstairs that his wife is a writer. But why would he be in a meeting about her? A meeting she isn’t even here for?
“We’re familiar with the name,” Corey says, holding his cards close.
“Verity has a very successful series we would hate to see go unfinished,” Amanda continues. “Our goal is to bring in a writer who is willing to step in, finish the series, complete the book tours, press releases, and whatever else is normally required of Verity. We plan to put out a press release introducing the new co-writer while also preserving as much of Verity’s privacy as possible.”