Date Published: December 7, 2018
Book Author: Colleen Hoover
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Whisper the Name "Verity" and Secrets Will Follow... Nestled amidst the shivering mists and haunting whispers of New York, Verity by Colleen Hoover is a spellbinding tapestry of dark desires, twisted secrets, and the tormenting love that ebbs in the hearts of the broken.
Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer, finds her life marinating in a cocktail of grief and disillusionment until she's offered an unexpected lifeline. She is commissioned to complete the bestselling series of the enigmatic Verity Crawford, who is enveloped in the icy clutches of an accident that has silenced her once vibrant mind.
As Lowen steps into Verity’s sprawling, dark mansion, she waltzes with shadows that threaten to devour her sanity. Enticed by the mysteries that twist through the grandeur, she stumbles upon an unpublished autobiography of Verity. The parchments seep with ink that drips the raw confessions of a soul lost to chaos. As Lowen delves deeper, her heart is ensnared by Jeremy, Verity’s devastatingly handsome husband, who is trapped in a tragic waltz of loss and longing.
The air thickens with secrets, and love slithers into crevices of shattered hearts. But, oh dear reader, nothing is as it seems. Verity is a labyrinth, and as Lowen tries to unravel it, she must ask herself - Can love heal the shadows, or will it become one?
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In an ending as haunting as a lullaby sung to the night, the enigma that is Verity pulls the earth from beneath your feet. Lowen, ensnared in a whirlwind of love and madness, grapples with the secrets she has unearthed. Her heart, now belonging to Jeremy, shatters the boundaries of morality and logic.
As the pages of Verity's manuscript reveal truths shrouded in shadows, Lowen finds that the tormented Verity may not be as incapacitated as she seemed. In a climax swirling with raw emotion, Lowen makes the choice to protect the fragile semblance of happiness she’s found with Jeremy. She decides not to reveal the chilling contents of Verity’s manuscript to him. They leave the shadow-kissed mansion behind, with the ghosts of their secrets as the silent keepers of their untold tales. Verity, a name synonymous with hidden depths, forces you to ponder: what lines would you cross for love?
Lowen Ashleigh: A struggling writer with a tragic past. She is compassionate but tormented, which is evident when she grapples with revealing Verity’s secrets.
Verity Crawford: A once successful author, who after an accident, is confined to her chilling home. She is complex, with an enigmatic past that shimmers between cruelty and vulnerability.
Jeremy Crawford: Verity’s handsome husband, struggling with grief and loss. His genuine affection for his children and desire for happiness make him an endearing figure.
Secrets and Deceit: The manuscript of Verity and the secrets within the house exemplify the twisted nature of secrets and the impact they have on the characters.
Love and Obsession: Lowen’s love for Jeremy evolves into an obsession, while the manuscript reveals Verity’s obsessive tendencies.
Morality and Consequences: The characters face moral dilemmas that define them, such as Lowen’s decision to hide the manuscript, showing the grey area of human choices.
Grief and Loss: Throughout the book, characters deal with grief, such as Jeremy’s mourning for his family and Lowen’s sorrow for her losses.
The Fragility of Sanity: The disturbing content of Verity’s manuscript, and the haunting atmosphere of the house, bring into question the characters’ grips on sanity.