I usually let hype pass me by. I’m either already reading the latest best seller before it has reached mega must read status or 5 years later after everyone has forgotten about it. I also tend to avoid books that are very divisive. If there is a complete divide between people who love and hate a book and no people in the middle saying “eh, it was alright.” I usually avoid the title. I can read the writing on the wall. I usually fall on the hate side of divisive books.
So believe me when I say I don’t know how I picked up Verity. Published a year ago, I became aware of Verity through many love/hate or love to hate reviews. Then Audible had a Cyber Monday sale and I thought that I should at least give it a try.
Don’t ask me why I thought this was a good idea. I was probably still too full of Thanksgiving turkey to think straight.
Believe me when I say I have some major regrets.
Verity is about Lowen, a woman who has been hired to ghost write the last 3 books in a popular series. The original author, Verity Crawford now lies in little more than a vegetative state, and her husband is left to grieve her and their 2 children. Searching for notes to help flesh out the remaining novels Lowen finds something unexpected, and learns a story that is equal parts horror and heartbreak.
Verity does a couple of things I generally dislike in books. You have the tall dark handsome stranger coming in to save the day, and the poor girl who isn’t sure of herself and seems unable to help herself in any capacity. Lowen is easily the most irritating character I read this year. She makes poor decisions, wants to sleep with a married man, and is generally just a voice of insecurity. Even the recent loss of her mother doesn’t make her sympathetic. It is hard to understand her motivation and even harder to understand how she was selected for this assignment.
I also wasn’t a fan of using an unpublished manuscript to move the plot along. It felt very Gone Girl. Actually, everything about Verity felt like a reverse Gone Girl. No one was as awful as Amy Dunn. The twists in Verity are less shocking. Everything felt forecast, and that you’re just along for the ride. And it wasn’t a fun ride. More like a road trip with an infant than a roller coaster.
I wish I had known more about the actual plot going in. Hoover’s latest is a novel I would have enjoyed much more had it been spoiled. Or maybe then I would have saved myself the time and found another book from my TBR.
Usually I end these reviews with a “if you like X you should definitely read this book” but I honestly don’t know what else to compare Verity to? It isn’t really like Gone Girl, plot or drama wise, it isn’t like a normal thriller or mystery. It’s just kinda…dramatic and weird.