Writer : Colleen Hoover
My Rating: 4 on 5
There have been many instances in the past where a book has got me so hooked that I have sacrificed sleep, pulled an all nighter, just to see what happens next in the book and how it ends. While this was common during my teenage or 20s days, this is a rare phenomenon these days. But, there comes a book which sweeps you off your feet, steals your sleep and does not let you sleep even after you finish reading the book at 4 AM. Verity by Colleen Hoover is one of those books.
Amongst the umpteen books which are labeled #PsychologicalThriller, this book, thankfully, turns out be one. The book literally grabs you from the very first word. A woman witnessing a horrific road accident and getting drenched in blood is how the book opens. What starts off as a big jolt is kept alive all through the book and the twists and turns and the jaw-dropping revelations is what keeps you awake till 4 AM.
Lowen is a mediocre, struggling writer who is trying to make ends meet, while having lost her ailing mother recently. She gets invited for a meeting with a publisher and when she is on the way for this meeting, she witnesses the tragic accident. The kind-hearted man who helps her recover from this shock turns out to be her “client” who wants her to write the final 3 books of the very popular thriller series authored by his wife, as the original writer, Verity, is deposed due to an accident. As part of her research work, Lowen visits Jeremy and thus begins the mind bending, jaw dropping journey for her and the reader. Lowen comes across a manuscript for what appears to be an autobiography of Verity. What begins as an innocent curiosity for Lowen quickly turns into revelation of true colors of Verity and the working of her mind.
Writing is so gripping and the scenes are so well created that as a reader, even being miles away from the actual scene, one can’t help be very scared of Verity – despite she being bedridden. The many shocking moments are created beautifully and I sometimes looked over my shoulder to see if that scene was actually happening in my house. The master twist is the last chapter, which I just did not see coming. This was probably an attempt by the author to answer the verity of “Verity”.
Interesting characters, jaw-dropping twists, quite a few accidental deaths – all ingredients needed to make a great thriller. Throw in a psychotic person as one of your main characters and you have a wonderful psychological thriller on hand.
Entry #3 for The Backlist Reader Challenge 2020