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Verity Paperback – 10 December 2018
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- Publisher : Independently published (10 December 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 331 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1791392792
- ISBN-13 : 978-1791392796
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.11 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Honeslty. I have no words.
In the beggining I was sceptical. Mainly because Colleen used a word that meant an alcoholic beverage to describe someone eyes matching their tie without actually giving the colour. When I read that my hope for her hype plumted.
This isn't a romance, and when I realised it wasn't, my expectation changed.
When that happened, I was able to sink myself in this book. My emotions ran high. There were times I was disgusted in what had happened, there were moments I swooned, and moments I had to put my kindle down. Time when I thought I knew exactly how it would end.
I will neither confirm or deny my suspicions, though I wasn't entirely off the mark. That in itself shows that reading Colleen Hoover was worth it. That this book was worth taking the time for.
I had expected to be completely blown away by this novel, based on the reviews and comments of others, but found that, for me at least, it didn't quite live up to the hype.
Don't get me wrong, it's a solid thriller featuring an intriguing plot idea, a series of clever literary devices and well-executed misdirection, but I felt there was an over-emphasis on virtual soft-porn (and I'm no wowser!) to the detriment of fully realised and convincing characterisations. My feeling is that, with more emphasis on the latter, this had the potential to be a superlative thriller. Disappointingly for me, it fell a bit short.
I won't give away anything that happens in the book other than to say I don't know what to believe anymore, take that as you will.
Colleen Hoover, your venture into the darkness has been amazing, I'm not sure if I should be thrilled or scared for you. What it does confirm is that you are far from mediocre, and I will most definitely read your shopping list on toilet paper.
This book messed with my head. It kept me flipping the pages faster than I could read the words! It kept me guessing until the very end and I found the hairs on my arm standing on end beside goosebumps for most of the book. This book is incredible, a book I’ve highly recommend friends read long before I’ve even finished it. A book those friends are WTF’ing just like I was. A book that will go down as one of the best books I’ve EVER read.
5 stars doesn’t do it justice, and nor does this review!
Secondly, I don't see anybody comparing this book to Jane Eyre. While not a faithful retelling, Jane Eyre comes to mind while reading this book.
This book wiĺl leave you asking 'who is sane really?' but it isn't anything to write home about. Fans of Colleen Hoover seem to love this though.
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I hate romance novels as they don’t really reflect real life - they are far too convenient - woman meets handsome man, they fall in love and it’s all perfect - and they really undermine the idea that women can live happy fulfilled lives without being in a relationship at all times. Anyway, I hate romance and this is really just a romance with a slightly odd twist to it.
I’m glad it s a short book as it meant I didn’t waste more than a day on it and it’s safe to say I won’t be reading any more “CoHo” books ever again!
I'm not going to say that I enjoyed the diary excerpts; they are deeply, deeply disturbing. However, they felt real and whilst I certainly couldn't empathise with the person behind them, they are very good at forcing you to see through her eyes at the world. It is frightening at points and it is easy to get sucked into the fear and the disgust that Lowen is feeling. Characterisations are generally quite well done, although the gratuitous and constant sex became tedious rather quickly. I felt like I was getting to know all of the characters, with all their faults and whilst I wouldn't want to go on holiday with any of them, they definitely felt real. Each and every one of these characters is flawed and each and every one feels utterly real.
It is also a realistic glimpse at the very nature of grief and loss without ever becoming preachy, with all three adult characters grieving for someone close to them in very different ways. The concept of grieving for someone who you don't particularly like all that much is also woven into the narrative quite well, and how that gives a different but no less raw experience. I did however think more could have been done with the child; at times he seemed to be there just for the cuteness factor and his reactions and interpretations of what is going on could have been utilised to a far greater extent. I liked the kid, but that's all that I can say about him. He's in therapy, then he's not in therapy, he doesn't mention the girls and he loves his mother and he's back in therapy. There's no emotional pull with him though, it's all surface platitudes.
A full star gets knocked off however due to the constant use of sex as a blunt implement throughout this novel. It's almost every other page and it got really boring. If it's not Verity being screwed by Jeremy in her diary, it's Lowen thinking about screwing Jeremy or actually screwing Jeremy. I'm no prude and I have no issue with sexual content in books, but the over-reliance on it here really did work against it. I could see that it was part of how Hoover is building Verity's character, but it did very little for me. It's a pity because otherwise I flew through this dark and nasty book at a rate of knots, desperate to find out just what was going on and just as confused and horrified as Lowen.
Here comes the spoiler....
Crew is plain old creepy but always kept in the background. What would have been a nail bitten ending was if he tipped the boat. If instead of his butter knife incident, he could have blamed it on the visitor.
But no. This book is as "shocking" as the lables on orange juice are "vegetarian".
At least here in the UK they feel the need to let buyers know that in this bottle of 100% organically squeezed oranges...that there is NOT a single drop of blood. That's nice of them, if I were a moron.
Not to be so cruel to just one nation... we live in a time when the professionals feel it is necessary to print out instructions on a box of Pop-Tarts!
If you enjoy reading books, but are ironically looking up on Google the vegetarianess of a box of fruit juice- then this book might just be your cuppa!