⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Pros: easy read, twists, creepy and sexy somehow,
Cons: very graphic descriptions (trigger warnings below)
TW: Child death, Child abuse, Murder, Abortion click here for a more in depth list of the triggers
WELP I read another Colleen Hoover book, this time I chose Verity! I feel like if you are a booktoker, you kinda have to, right? Also, I feel like there is a really great joke to be made about how her last name is Hoover and all I seem to do is SWALLOW up these books but I digress. This is way different than It Ends With Us and from what I'm told, it is different than most of her other books. For this, I kinda wish I had read Verity first, but then again, no I don't. If I had read Verity first, I would've been mad that she isn't writing more things like this and knowing me, I would've been reluctant to read her other books out of spite since I'm not big on romance. Since I read (and kinda liked) It Ends With Us first, it kinda allowed me to learn on my own that her books are enjoyable regardless of genre. I feel like Colleen Hoover is very talented at evoking emotions with her writing, whether she is making you fall in love or creeping you the fuck out.
THE PLOT, THE CHARACTERS, THE WRITING
The story is told from the perspective of a struggling NYC based author named Lowen (which is kind of a weird name but sometimes, other people call her "Low" and I really like that) She goes to a meeting with her agent + another few folks and is offered a deal: a very well known author (Verity) is unable to finish out her half finished but very popular book series after she was involved in a horrific accident. The series has 3 books left until completion and Lowen would co-write them under a pen name. She is reluctant at first but ultimately agrees and goes to Verity and husband, Jeremy's mansion in the middle of nowhere to sort through Verity's notes, drafts, office, etc. in order to get into the headspace necessary to finish another person's story.
The book is heavy and creepy from the start; lots of themes of death, loss, heartache, etc. As I said before, this book is way darker than most of Colleen's other books so be warned of that. The trigger warnings kind of don't even really do justice to the graphic descriptions in this book. I, myself, have a relatively small list of triggers that really upset me when I read but at times, I found myself angry and put off. I wouldn't call any of this "body horror" or anything but it was definitely vicious. I don't know how else to say it without spoiling the plot. The story was so fun, creepy, heartbreaking, intense just be sure to protect yourself.
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