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Self-published in 2018, Verity is a psychological thriller that follows the journey of writer Lowen Ashleigh as she travels to Vermont to work as the new co-writer for a popular series of books written by the renowned Verity Crawford. Written from the perspectives of both Verity and Lowen, Verity explores violence, trauma, and truth.

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Writer Lowen Ashleigh sees a man die on the way to a meeting with her publisher. She is aided by a handsome stranger named Jeremy Crawford . They bond immediately and share their recent personal experiences with grief. Verity has recently lost her mother to cancer. Jeremy lost both his twin daughters within six months of each other. They separate but soon discover that they are both headed to the same meeting at Pantem Press. Jeremy is the husband of Verity Crawford, an esteemed writer who is unable to finish the three remaining books in her popular series The Noble Virtues . The deal presented to Lowen asks her to complete the books for a substantial payment. Facing eviction, Lowen takes the deal and agrees to travel to Vermont to gather notes from Verity’s office. Before leaving, Lowen’s literary agent and former lover Corey warns her to be careful given the suspicious nature of Verity’s car accident, which has left her immobilized.

Lowen arrives in Vermont. She meets the one surviving Crawford child named Crew, a five-year-old boy. Uneasy, Lowen attempts to settle in and begin her work. She soon discovers a manuscript titled So Be It which she takes to be Verity’s autobiography but is in fact a writing exercise in which Verity explores violent impulses to develop her understanding of characters. The autobiography begins by detailing Verity and Jeremy’s first meeting and their active sex life. As Lowen reads, she catches Verity staring at her and grows increasingly more threatened by her presence.

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Disturbed by the content of the manuscript, Lowen suspects that Verity played a role in the deaths of her daughters. Lowen and Jeremy’s relationship grows more intimate and they almost kiss. Lowen reads about Verity giving birth to the twins Harper and Chastin and how she neglects them during the day while Jeremy is at work.

Lowen sleepwalks and wakes up in Verity’s bed. She confides in Jeremy about a traumatic experience at the age of 10 that resulted in her mother’s neglect of her and a two-week psychiatric evaluation. Jeremy comforts Lowen. To ease Lowen’s mind, Jeremy places a lock on the outside of Lowen’s bedroom.

Lowen reads about Verity’s dream of Harper killing Chastin. This leads Verity to attempt to kill Harper by forcing her to swallow her own vomit. Jeremy stops her before she is successful. Verity gets pregnant with Crew as a means of appeasing an agitated Jeremy who believes Verity is not treating Harper fairly.

On the eve of her 32nd birthday, Lowen unwinds with Jeremy. They begin to have sex. Lowen sees Verity watching them from the top of the stairs. Lowen decides to finish the autobiography and then determine whether to tell Jeremy the truth about Verity. She reads that Chastin died at a sleepover because of an allergic reaction. Verity becomes convinced Harper played a role in the death of her sister. On her birthday, Lowen is briefly left alone with Verity whom she confronts. Verity does not move. Later that evening, Lowen suggests Jeremy place Verity in a nursing facility to ease the burden of caring for her.

Lowen about Harper’s drowning in the lake. Verity capsizes the canoe intentionally and does not attempt to rescue Harper. Jeremy informs Lowen that Verity will be moving to a nursing facility on Monday and asks Lowen to stay for another week. She agrees. They have unprotected sex.

Alone with Crew, Lowen asks him questions about the day of Harper’s death. Crew accidentally cuts himself with a knife. Jeremy takes him to get stitches and leaves Lowen alone with Verity. Lowen places a baby monitor in Verity’s room and locks the door. She watches the monitor and reads the last chapter of the manuscript. Verity’s manuscript ends with Jeremy questioning Verity’s involvement in the death of Harper. In response, Verity considers death by suicide.

Jeremy returns. On the baby monitor, Lowen catches Verity on the floor of her bedroom. She runs upstairs to confront Verity once again. Jeremy grabs Lowen and demands she leave. Lowen finally gives the manuscript to Jeremy and asks him to read it. Jeremy confronts Verity himself and threatens to call the police. Verity opens her eyes. Jeremy begins to choke her. Lowen stops him and then suggests he kill Verity in the same way she tried to kill Harper as a baby. Jeremy forces Verity to choke on her own vomit. Lowen and Jeremy vow never to speak about what happened.

Seven months after Verity’s death, a pregnant Lowen, Jeremy, and Crew arrive back in Vermont. Lowen discovers a letter from Verity to Jeremy that details how Verity’s manuscript was a writing exercise called antagonistic journaling to help Verity get in the mind of her villainous characters. Verity reveals how Jeremy discovered the manuscript in the days following Harper’s death and then staged a car accident in an attempt to kill her. Verity admits to staring at Lowen, locking her in her room, and planning to run away with Crew. Lowen decides to destroy the letter to preserve Jeremy’s peace. She vows to carry the secret to her grave.

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Colleen Hoover’s ‘Verity’ has an ending that’s impossible to shake

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This story is part of a series for people who have already read the book and want to think more deeply about the ending. Major spoilers for “Verity” are ahead.

Colleen Hoover’s mind-boggling novel “ Verity ” refers to perpetually unlucky people as “chronics” — a catchy nickname for those who are prone to tragedy, enduring one terrible thing after another. I’ve started thinking of myself as a psychological thriller chronic: Every time, I go in with high expectations, and inevitably, I end up desperate to hurl the book across the room. Would that happen again with this one?

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“Verity” opens with a skull cracking against the road: A distracted pedestrian has been hit by a truck on a busy New York City street, leaving our protagonist, Lowen Ashleigh, splattered with blood. That’s a dark introduction to Hoover’s best-selling thriller — which is a striking departure from the romance novels she’s known for, like “ It Ends with Us ” and “ All Your Perfects .” But compared to the rest of the book, this fatality is downright rosy.

After the street accident, a handsome man named Jeremy ushers Lowen into a coffee-shop bathroom and offers her the clean shirt off his back. We see him again moments later at the meeting Lowen, a writer, is attending at her publisher’s office. Lowen is shy and doesn’t do publicity or engage with her fans. Yet she’s being presented with a lucrative opportunity — a well-timed one, given that she’s about to be evicted from her apartment. A famous author named Verity is medically unable to fulfill her contract and complete her series of thrillers — creepy novels told from the villains’ point of view. Jeremy, who is Verity’s husband, and the publishing house are willing to pay an absurd amount of money for Lowen to finish the series.

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As Lowen is weighing the offer, she and Jeremy talk privately — and it’s clear they have an instant connection. Both are consumed with loss: Lowen’s mother just died, and Jeremy’s twin daughters recently perished in separate accidents, after which his wife was badly injured. Lowen is so drawn to Jeremy that she agrees to take on Verity’s series — and heads to the couple’s Vermont home to begin sorting through paperwork that might prove useful.

At the house, Lowen learns Verity is bedridden and mute: Her eyes are vacant; she’s unaware of the nurse tending to her: “She blinks, but there’s nothing there.” Lowen soon gets to know the woman in a more intimate way than expected. She stumbles upon a draft of Verity’s autobiography, which reveals — well, that the woman is as disturbed as her fictional characters. The early chapters focus on Verity’s pregnancy, which she attempted to abort with a hanger, and a deep hatred for the twin daughters Jeremy loved more than his wife.

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During the coming days — that turn into weeks — Lowen juggles a flirtation with Jeremy with reading chapters of Verity’s manuscript, which are presented in full. They’re terrifying. In one chapter, Verity attempts to choke the daughter she likes the least, Harper. When her favorite daughter, Chastin, dies of an allergic reaction, Verity is convinced that Harper was responsible. She’s also not overly upset. “I missed Chastin, obviously … But there was something unpleasant in how hard Jeremy took it,” she writes in her autobiography. “He was devastated … I was growing impatient.”

Back in the present day, weird things keep happening: Jeremy’s son, Crew, waves to his supposedly comatose mother in the window — suggesting she was looking out at him. Lowen thinks she sees Verity at the top of the stairs, and Crew casually mentions talking to his mother, leading Lowen to question if Verity is really as injured as everyone believes. (Clearly, she’s not.)

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Still, for inexplicable reasons, Lowen remains in the Vermont home. Sure, she’s crushing on Jeremy, but this is utterly foolish. High-tail it out of there and invite him to visit you in New York, Lowen! No good-looking face is worth sleeping in a potential psychopath’s home. Naturally, things only get worse: Lowen reads the final chapter of Verity’s manuscript, in which she describes intentionally dumping her remaining daughter in a lake to drown. When Lowen forces Jeremy to read this chapter, he loses it — and confronts Verity, who reveals that she’s not brain-damaged, after all. “I’ll explain everything,” she begs a rabid Jeremy. Within minutes, she’s dead. Lowen coached Jeremy how to kill her so that it would look like she choked on her own vomit.

That’s a lot to take in, but the pace of the novel only quickens. Fast-forward seven months, and Verity’s killers — Jeremy and Lowen — are living happily ever after, about to welcome a baby girl. The duo make one final trip to Vermont to clean out the old house. While there, Lowen discovers a letter hidden under the floorboards of Verity’s bedroom, addressed to Jeremy. Fearfully, she starts to read.

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If we’re to believe the letter, Verity’s autobiography was a lie — a writing exercise that helped her cope with unbearable grief. Her editor introduced her to a technique called “antagonistic journaling,” which would help her get in the mind of evil characters by writing journal entries about her own life, but making the inner dialogue opposite what she had really experienced. “It was never meant for anyone to read and believe. It was an exercise … A way to tap into the dark grief that was eating at me,” she writes.

Apparently, Jeremy had already found the manuscript — and in a blind rage, packed Verity into their car, drove her into a tree and left her for dead. Except the plan didn’t work, and she survived. Verity pretended to be comatose to buy herself time before she was able to run away in the middle of the night with the couple’s son. “I don’t blame you for what you’ve done to me,” she writes. “You were a wonderful husband until you couldn’t be. And you were the best father in the world.”

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It’s perhaps the most chilling twist I’ve ever read in a novel. One cannot sleep after reading “Verity,” and I spent hours awake in the dark trying to sort out the ending. Who is the real Verity? Did she intentionally kill her daughter? Was she a murderous psychopath — or simply a writer trying to process her grief in an unorthodox way?

Both options are plausible. If Verity was sinister enough to commit the acts she described in her manuscript, it would be natural for her to find a way to explain it all away to Jeremy. That’s what plotting, evil people do — and she was clearly a clever woman with a flair for inventing stories. Her letter to Jeremy could easily have been a last-ditch farce to attempt to redeem herself, especially if she thought her son would be the one to find it. (The letter was hidden in a spot that only he knew about.)

Regardless of whether the manuscript was autobiographical or not, I’m certain that Verity was not a stable person: I can’t fathom being able to write such horrible, sickening stories about my family — not even in the interest of bettering my writing skills. The other thing I’m sure about is that everyone in the book is terrible — and I would have eagerly forgotten these characters immediately, except I couldn’t stop turning the ending over in my head. “Verity” delivers the grand slam of thriller twists — the holy grail of “what the…?!” moments. I didn’t like it, but it lit up my brain, and that’s got to count for something.

If I can just get past my need for resolution, perhaps I’ll accept that my streak as a thriller chronic has finally ended.

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The Quick Recap and Chapter-by-Chapter Summary for Verity by Colleen Hoover are below. Spoiler warning: these summaries contains spoilers.

For a non-spoiler version of the plot synopsis, see The Bibliofile's review of Verity by Colleen Hoover .

Quick(-ish) Recap

Lowen Ashleigh is offered a job completing the last three novels of a popular book series. The original author, Verity Crawford , was in an accident a short while ago and is now alive, but unresponsive. The accident happened soon after the deaths of Verity's two twin daughters.

Lowen moves into the Crawford house to go over Verity's notes, where Verity is being cared for by her nurse, April . Verity's husband, Jeremy , and young son Crew also live there. Lowen quickly finds herself attracted to and falling for Jeremy. Strange occurrences also make Lowen suspect that Verity is faking her medical condition.

Lowen starts to read Verity's book series called The Noble Virtues , which are all written from an antagonist's point of view. In Verity's office, Lowen also discovers an autobiographical manuscript that Verity wrote that reveals Verity's dark nature.

In the manuscript, Verity describes resenting her daughters because Jeremy loves them more than her. Verity also admits to loving one of her daughters ( Chastin ) more than the other ( Harper ), and she has a dream that Harper will someday kill Chastin.

When Chastin is 8, she ends up dead from her peanut allergy. Chastin and Harper had been at a sleepover together when it happened. Verity then admits to murdering Harper six months later. She purposely took Crew and Harper out on a canoe, caused it to capsize and then only saved Crew.

Lowen is initially unsure whether to tell Jeremy about the manuscript, knowing it will only hurt him more. By now, she and Jeremy are sleeping together, and discussing a possible future together. However, when Lowen thinks she sees Verity move, she tells Jeremy in order to protect him and Crew.

Jeremy confronts Verity who finally admits to faking it. Jeremy then attacks Verity, and Lowen at first tells him to stop, but then she advises him to make it look like an accident. Verity is killed.

Months later, Lowen is pregnant and they are all living in a new house. The old house is due to be sold off. As they clean out the last of the stuff, Lowen discovers a letter that Verity wrote after her accident.

The letter describes how Verity wrote the manuscript as a writing exercise to practice her antagonistic point of view that she uses for her novels. She also writes about how Jeremy knew about the manuscript and had forced her into the "accident" because of it.

Afterwards, Lowen destroys the letter. However, the book ends with her being unsure as to whether the letter was true or just another manipulation from Verity.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Summary

In Manhattan, Lowen Ashleigh sees a man get hit by a truck, and the blood splashes on her. A man, Jeremy Crawford , helps her into the nearby coffee shop to get cleaned up. He offers her his shirt since hers is bloodied.

Jeremy tells her that his 8-year-old drowned in a lake five months ago. In response, Lowen tells Jeremy that her mother died from cancer last week. Lowen notices the wedding ring on his finger.

Soon, Jeremy leaves, and Lowen heads up to meet with Corey — her literary agent who is also her ex — and an editor at Pantem Press.

As Lowen heads up to the Pantem Press offices, she runs into Jeremy again. It turn out that the person Lowen is supposed to meet with is Jeremy, and Jeremy’s wife is a writer as well.

When Corey shows up, she tells him that her mother passed away last week. As she does, she thinks about how she’s spent the last few months barely able to leave the apartment because her mother relied on her for everything. The last few weeks she didn’t leave at all.

Corey offers to connect Lowen with Edward , the lawyer at his literary agency, in case she needs help with the will, but Lowen know she won’t need it. They spent the last of her mother’s money helping her mother to live her last few months more comfortably. As a result, Lowen is stressed about her current financial situation. She was hoping to be offered a contract renewal today, but Corey says the publisher has something else in mind.

Soon, Jeremy enters the room along with Barron Stephens (a Pantem lawyer), and Amanda Thomas (the editor). Amanda explains that one of their authors is unable to fulfill their contract (for medical reasons), and they’re looking for a writer to complete the three remaining books in her book series. Lowen would also have to do any associated publicity.

The author in question is Verity Crawford , a very well-known writer. Lowen pieces together that Verity must be Jeremy’s wife. They’re offering $75,000 per book (no royalties), to be completed in 24-months’ time. Lowen does some quick math — and after Corey’s cut (15% industry standard) and taxes, it would leave her with a little less than $100K total, which means she’d get $50,000 post-tax per year — which is okay, but not great. Lowen initially declines.

However, Jeremy ask to talk to Lowen alone. Lowen ask about his wife, and Jeremy says she was in a car accident. He also mentions that they previously lost both their kids, twins named Chastin and Harper , within six months of each other. He also says that Lowen’s book Open Ended was one of Verity’s favorites. He presses Lowen to take the job, offering half a million for the three books, and he tells her she can decline doing the publicity. Lowen agrees to do it.

Corey goes with Lowen back to her apartment to celebrate the new contract. Lowen thinks about how she stopped sleeping with him after she learned over social media that he was seeing someone else. At the apartment, she finds yet another eviction notice.

On Sunday, she’ll be headed to the Crawford house in Vermont to go through Verity’s notes in order to help her write the novel. Corey thinks it’s odd that Jeremy invited Lowen to stay in their home, especially considering the misfortune their family has suffered.

Online, Lowen has learned that one daughter died of an allergic reaction when she was away for a sleepover, and the other drowned in the lake behind their home. Verity’s car wreck involved her hitting a tree. Corey says he’s concerned about Lowen being in that situation, but Lowen suspects he’s just jealous that she’s staying in another man’s home.

It’s a six-hour drive to Vermont. On the way, Lowen listens to the first Verity Crawford novel on audiobook. It’s really good, and Lowen feels intimidated by the task ahead in trying to complete this series.

When Lowen arrives at the Crawford house, she sees their 5-year-old son, Crew Crawford . Then, Jeremy comes to greet her and to help her get settled in. Lowen is put in the master bedroom, which wasn’t in use, because it’s closest to Verity’s office.

Jeremy introduces Lowen to Verity’s nurse April as Laura Chase , using the pen name that Lowen will be writing this under. When Lowen finally sees Verity, she’s shocked to see that Verity seems to have little recognition of what’s going on around her.

In the office, Lowen sees stacks of books and papers everywhere. On one shelf are the completed novels in Verity’s book series entitled The Noble Virtues , which each book titled after a different virtue. The remaining three books left to be completed are Courage, Truth and Honor.

Once Jeremy leaves the room, Lowen settles in and starts looking through the stuff in the office. In one box, she sees aa manuscript entitled So Be It , which Lowen soon realizes is an autobiographical work that Verity must’ve worked on at some point. She starts to read.

(So Be It: Chapter 1)

In the intro, Verity explains that true autobiographies should be ugly and honest and leave the writer exposed. She then says that that’s what she aims to do here.

She starts by writing about meeting Jeremy. She met him at a fancy charity event when she was 22. Jeremy, 27 at the time, had been very forward about coming on to her. She’d left the event with him. They get into a limo, but Jeremy soon admits that it isn’t his ride.

Instead, Jeremy drives a Honda Civic and didn’t even pay for valet parking. Meanwhile, Verity says she works as an office cleaner, and she stole the invitation for the event out of a trash can. When the driver of the limo returns, Jeremy and Verity rush out. They drive away in his Honda and have sex. They don’t leave his apartment for the next three days, and they falls for each other quickly.

Verity ends the chapter by saying that she was the most important thing to him until he “discovered the one thing that meant more to him than I did.”

Lowen takes a break to grab some pizza with Jeremy. She asks him about Verity, who he says was injured not long after Harper died. After being in a medically induced coma and in rehab, she finally came home a few weeks ago. Afterwards, Lowen hurries back to the office, eager to read the next chapter in Verity’s book.

(So Be It: Chapter 2)

By the time they’ve been together two years, Verity and Jeremy are living together. When Jeremy gets temporarily transferred to Los Angeles for work, Verity feels untethered, and she starts writing to pass the time. A few month later, she’s completed her first book around the time that Jeremy returns home.

Jeremy reads the book and he tells her it’s good. Then, he proposes, slipping a ring on her finger after they have sex. It turns out that Verity ends up getting pregnant that day as well.

Verity’s office has full length glass windows, and as she reads, Lowen can see that April has moved Verity onto the back porch.

Verity soon gets a call from the apartment building she’d applied to live at, Creekwood , saying that her application was denied because she has a recent eviction. When she gets off the phone, she sees Jeremy standing there, and he has clearly overheard the conversation. He offers to let her stay here until she gets her advance.

Later, as Jeremy and Crew are outside, Lowen sees Crew wave at his mother’s window. Lowen then glances at Verity’s window and thinks she sees the curtain move, but that shocks her since it seems like that should be impossible in Verity’s state.

Lowen then goes into Verity’s room to check things out, and sees that the fan is on, causing the curtain to move. Lowen tells herself to chill out.

(So Be It: Chapter 3)

After Verity learns she’s pregnant, Jeremy is ecstatic. They soon learn, too, that they’re twins. However, Verity dreads what the process is doing to her body. She also doesn’t like being “the third most important thing in Jeremy’s life”. She tries to take sleeping pills and drink wine to provoke a miscarriage.

One day Verity asks Jeremy if he loves them more than her, and she’s unhappy when he says yes. He says that their love is conditional, but his love for the twins isn’t. Right afterwards, she uses a wire hanger until she bleeds in hopes of miscarrying.

Verity is horrified about what she’s read, and she starts to wonder what really happened to those two girls. Distraught, Lowen goes into the kitchen for something to drink. Jeremy sees her and senses that something is wrong, but Lowen pretends it’s nothing.

Photos of the two girls show that Harper rarely smiles, while Chastin has a scar on her cheek and a huge smile on. Jeremy says she was born with the scar, and Verity wonders if it was a result of Verity’s abortion attempt. He also says that only Chastin had the peanut allergy (which killed her).

When Jeremy takes Lowen’s hand to ask about the scar on her palm, she pulls back. She feels an attraction to him, but doesn’t want to indulge it. Afterwards, she thinks about how she got the scar because of her sleepwalking. It happened many years ago, and she was sure she’d locked the door to prevent herself from leaving, but one morning she’d woken up bleeding and with a broken wrist.

A second nurse soon shows up named Myrna , who works on Fridays and Saturdays, and who Lowen likes more than April.

Lowen decides to stop, or at least pause, reading Verity’s manuscript for the time being, since it’s distracting her from the task at hand. Instead, she focuses on studying Verity’s notes to prepare for writing her three novels. She thinks about how Verity writes her books from the point of view of the antagonists. Meanwhile, a press release goes out announcing her (as Laura Chase) as the new “co-author” of Verity’s book series.

Later, Lowen and Jeremy make a grocery store run. While they’re there, they run into Patricia and Caroline, who are Verity’s friends. They are displeased to see Lowen accompanying Jeremy and are rude. When Lowen and Jeremy walk off, Jeremy purposely tells Patricia to “give my best to Sherman” (knowing full well that her husband’s name is William and Sherman is merely the guy that she’s cheating on her husband with).

Lowen is lost in thoughts when she hears Crew scream. She rushes upstairs to see him in Verity’s bedroom bleeding with a cut on his chin and a knife on the floor.

Lowen hurriedly takes him into the bathroom to clean him up and asks him what happened. He responds by saying that “Mommy said I’m not supposed to touch her knife”. It confuses Lowen since Verity doesn’t seem to be able to talk to anyone in her state, but she tells herself Verity must’ve said it prior to her accident. However, when Lowen goes back to Verity’s room to find the knife, it’s gone.

(So Be It: Chapter 4)

The twins are born healthy, though one has a scratch on her cheek. Verity makes an effort to act like she loves them the way Jeremy does, but she doesn’t feel it. When the nurse asks if she’ll be breast-feeding, Verity initially says no, but then agrees to try it after Jeremy and the nurse both seem to disapprove.

However, after a few seconds, Verity insists she can’t do it, and the nurse brings the formula over instead. As Jeremy continues to marvel over how much he loves the twins, Verity looks on bitterly.

As Verity looks through a box of the Crawfords’ family pictures, she asks Jeremy why Harper never smiled in photos. Jeremy responds that she was diagnosed with Asperger’s when she was three. Verity then asks Jeremy how he’s been dealing with his losses. He says that his world “ended” after the twins both died. Then, when Verity had her accident, he felt anger towards Verity.

When Crew walks in and see the box of photos, he gets angry, saying that he doesn’t want to see the pictures.

The next time Lowen sees April, she tries to strike up a conversation and ask how it’s been working with Verity. April, however, pulls Lowen aside and gently reminds her not to talk as if Verity’s not there. They don’t know how much Verity can process of what they’re saying, even if she’s unable to respond.

Later, Crew finds a turtle, though they release it back into the grass. Then the three of them — Crew, Jeremy and Lowen — go to a restaurant to eat. When they get back, Lowen and Jeremy share a moment, but neither of them act on it. Lowen then goes into Verity’s office to read the next chapter of the manuscript.

(So Be It: Chapter 5)

With the twins at home, Verity is exhausted, and they’re unable to afford a nanny since she’d only received a small advance for her book so far. Once Jeremy returns to work, however, Verity can simply let them cry during the day while she sleeps. Then, she tends to the girls right before Jeremy is set to come home.

Verity is eager to have sex before the doctor has approved it, but Jeremy thinks they should wait. Instead, Verity seduces Jeremy and when he gives in enthusiastically, Verity thinks that perhaps they’ll be okay.

After reading more, Lowen starts to wonder if Verity is a psychopath or sociopath. Later, Jeremy asks for help in bringing up an aquarium from the basement so that Crew can keep his pet turtle. As they’re down there, Jeremy says he used to work down there when he owned a realty firm before Verity made it big. When she got pregnant with Crew, he stopped working.

That night, Lowen puts on one of Jeremy’s shirts from the closet and imagines being with him in bed.

Lowen wakes up and realizes that she has sleepwalked into Verity’s bed. Stifling a scream, she tries to sneak back into her room, but she runs into Jeremy. Lowen is alarmed at her own behavior, but Jeremy laughs it off and comforts her.

Lowen then tells him the the truth about what happened to her hand. She got the scar when she was ten. She had climbed onto the railing on the front porch and stood there for an hour. Then, she jumped, hurting her wrist and hand. She then walked back to her room and went to sleep, not realizing any of it until she awoke the next morning. After that, she started going to therapy.

Jeremy then stays with her until she’s asleep again.

The next morning, Jeremy asks Lowen if she would feel safer with a lock on the outside of her door. That way, he could lock it (or unlock it if she texted or called him) and she would know she couldn’t get out. Lowen feels unsure about it, but then agrees that it would be a good idea.

(So Be It: Chapter 6)

When the girls are six months old, Verity has as nightmare. She dreams that the twins are 8 or 9 and that she watches Harper smother Chastin with a pillow. When Verity awakes, she’s surprised at the genuine heartache she felt at the idea of Chastin being dead.

Later, when she hears crying, Verity is eager to soothe the girls, but is disappointed when it’s Harper instead of Chastin. She starts to wonder if her dream is a warning that Harper would do something to Chastin. She thinks about how she might kill Harper, and she chokes the baby until Jeremy interrupts and Harper vomits.

After reading all this, Lowen feels sick. Lowen skims the next few chapters, and notices that Verity mostly writes about Chastin and stops mentioning Harper. Finally, Lowen stops reading when Jeremy invites her to have some margaritas and tacos.

Over dinner, Jeremy tells Lowen that they bought the house when the girls were three, and that he plans on going back to work at some point. He also tells Lowen about him growing up on an alpaca farm in New York State as a kid.

They then talk about Verity’s parents, Victor and Marjorie . He says that Verity cut them out of their lives because they’re insanely religious, and “acted liked she was suddenly denouncing her religion to join a satanic cult” just because she was writing thriller novels.

When Jeremy asks if Lowen thinks he should put Crew back in therapy, Lowen says yes and that going into therapy was the best thing that ever happened to her. She thinks about how her mother had been “disconnected” with her after the wrist incident, and how she actually reminds her a lot of Verity, but Lowen doesn’t say that.

Before he locks her in for the night, Jeremy tells Lowen that he lied about Verity reading Lowen’s book. Instead, he was the one who read her book and loved it, which is why he suggested her name to the publisher.

(So Be It: Chapter 9)

After Verity’s books are doing well and they’ve moved into a new house, Verity enrolls the girls in daycare. Back in New York, they had a nanny, but out here nannies are hard to find. However, Jeremy gets very upset. Verity assumes he is worried about the daycare being careless about Chastin’s peanut allergy.

However, when she finally confronts him about it, he says that he’s upset that she talks about Chastin constantly and never seems to care about Harper’s well-being. Verity talks him down, saying that it’s just because they are two very different children with different sets of needs. She also mentions that one of the daycare teachers thinks Harper may have Asperger’s.

To try to get rid of his bad mood, Verity then lies and tells Jeremy that she’s pregnant again. He’s delighted, and she thinks about how he loves her the most when she’s pregnant. As they make love that night, Verity tells herself that a miscarriage will be easy to fake.

The next few chapters of the manuscript mostly involve descriptions of Verity’s sex life with Jeremy, with a brief interlude about Crew.

By now, Lowen has been here almost two weeks, and she’s done pretty much all that she can in Verity’s office. She takes a break to watch some television. Jeremy joins her, and Lowen mentions that her 32nd birthday is the next day.

Jeremy ends up baking a cake for her. That night after Crew in in bed, Lowen and Jeremy finally get intimate — until Lowen stops things when she thinks she sees Verity standing at the top of the stairs. However, Jeremy insists that it’s impossible that Lowen saw her since Verity can’t walk. When Lowen goes into Verity’s room, she sees that Verity is asleep in her bed.

By the time Lowen awakes, she’s less sure of what she thought she saw the night before. Lowen starts to think that she needs to show Jeremy the manuscript that Verity wrote so he can understand what type of person Verity really is.

(So Be It: Chapter 13)

Verity becomes pregnant with Crew within two weeks of lying about being pregnant. By now, they have a full-time nanny, and Jeremy is staying home full time as well.

As time passes, Verity gets busy with book tours and whatnot, but she’s happy that when she returns Jeremy always greets her with the same enthusiasm as he did early on in their relationship. She’d occasionally leave for a week purposely to prompt him enthusiastically welcoming her home afterwards.

Verity is at home washing a raw chicken the day that they get the call about Chastin. Chastin had been at a sleepover at her friend Maria’s house and had been found unresponsive the next morning by Maria’s mother, Kitty . Verity and Jeremy rush to the hospital, only to learn that she’s already dead.

They eventually learn that Chastin, Harper and Maria had decided to grab a late-night snack and no one had thought anything was wrong, but Chastin hadn’t woken up the next morning. Verity suspects Harper did something to Chastin (based on her dream when they were six months old), and she wishes she would have killed Harper before then.

Lowen continues to wonder if Verity is somehow faking her injuries. She thinks that perhaps Verity has simply trained herself not to react to things. She’s sure that the television has been muted when Verity was alone in her room.

Lowen tries to get a reaction out of Verity by saying cruel things to her. When Lowen says that she’s planning on having sex with Jeremy, Verity urinates, which prompts Jeremy to have to go bathe and change her.

Later, Lowen encourages Jeremy to put Verity in a care facility so he doesn’t have to live like this, but Jeremy doesn’t want take Crew away from his mother. That night, Lowen and Jeremy finally have passionate sex.

The next morning, Jeremy admits that he feels something for Lowen. When they try to exit the room, however, it turns out that the door is locked from the outside. Lowen suggests that it’s possible Verity did it and took Crew. Jeremy kicks down the window. When they get out, it turns out that both Crew and Verity are asleep in their beds.

(So Be It: Chapter 14)

Six months after Chastin’s death, Verity confronts Harper about why she doesn’t seem to be upset about it. Harper insists that she does care, but Verity doesn’t believe her.

Later, Jeremy suggests that Verity take the kids to go play by the lake while he shops for groceries. They get into the boat with Verity at the back, Crew in the middle and Harper at the front.

Then, Verity tells Crew to hold his breath, and then she purposely capsizes the boat and only saves Crew. As Crew frantically screams for Verity to save Harper, Verity orders Crew to run into the house to call Jeremy. Verity then very slowly swims back out so she can pretend to be saving Harper when the police and Jeremy arrive. Harper is found dead, and Jeremy doesn’t even look at Verity afterwards.

Jeremy figures out that if you close the door hard enough, it’s possible for the outside lock on Lowen’s room to accidently lock into place, which is what he thinks happened. He also says that he’s contacted a nursing facility and arranged for Verity to be taken there more of the time and brought home three weekends a month.

Before, Lowen had been debating whether to show him the manuscript, but in that moment, she decides not to in order to protect him. Lowen then agrees to stay for another week, and she and Jeremy proceed to have unprotected sex.

Lowen has a dream about Crew being a teenager, and in the dream she can sense that he’s evil. She then wonders if she should show Jeremy the manuscript for Crew’s sake, since she wonders how he may have internalized the things his mother did like telling him to hold his breath just before the boat overturned.

Lowen tries to have a conversation with Crew about Verity to find out what he thinks happened that day in the canoe. However, Crew says that “Mommy said I shouldn’t talk to you if you ask me questions about her.” This prompts Lowen to ask him if his mother ever “pretends she can’t talk” which causes him to bite down on a butter knife in his mouth. Lowen calls for Jeremy when it draws blood.

When Jeremy rushes to take Crew in for stitches, Lowen sets up a video monitor in Verity’s room to try to track if she moves at all.

(So Be It: Chapter 15)

After Harper’s death, Verity is interrogated by the police. However, Jeremy’s questioning is even worse. He finally asks her why she told Crew to hold his breath. Verity tries to tell him that she said it as they were tipping and not before, but she knows it’s over by then. She contemplates driving into a tree. (The end.)

Lowen finishes reading Verity’s manuscript just as Jeremy returns from the hospital. When Jeremy goes to take a shower, Lowen sees Verity getting out of bed. Lowen screams for Jeremy to come see, but Verity hears and scrambles back into bed.

Lowen insists that Verity is faking it, but Jeremy tells her it’s impossible. Finally, Lowen shows him the manuscript and begs him to at least read the last two chapters.

It takes some time for Jeremy to read. Then, he marches into Verity’s room and demands that he tell her the truth. At first she continues to pretend, but Jeremy says that he’s going straight to the police unless she drops the act. Finally, Verity gets up.

Jeremy is furious, attacks her and begins to strangle her, crushing her windpipe. However, Lowen talks him down, reminding him that Crew will not have a father is he becomes a murderer. Lowen finally tells him that he needs to make it look like an accident. She says to make her vomit so it will seem like she choked on her own vomit and aspirated.

Finally, Verity is dead. They decide to go to bed and “find” her dead in the morning. They agree to never speak of it again.

Chapter 24 (Seven Months Later)

Seven months later, Lowen’s outlines for the book have been approved and her first draft of the first novel is completed. She’s also pregnant with Jeremy’s child, which is due in two and a half months. Lowen is relieved to see how happy Jeremy is about the impending baby.

Jeremy has now put the house up for sale, and the three of them now live in a new house on the beach in Southport, North Carolina . They go to clean out the last of the stuff in the old house, and Crew mentions how his mother used to keep stuff beneath the floor.

Lowen goes into what was once Verity’s room and finds a loose piece of flooring. There, she finds the knife that had once gone missing as well as an envelope with a handwritten letter for Jeremy.

In the letter, Verity states her intention to run away with Crew. She also recalls a conversation her editor Amanda. Amanda had suggested that Verity try out “antagonistic journaling” in order to help her get into the mindset of an evil character. So, the point would be to write about her own experiences as if she were an evil character. Verity says that the more she did it, the better she got.

( In case it’s not clear, the point is that the manuscript by Verity that Lowen read was a writing exercise and not a true reflection of Verity’s thoughts and actions. )

Verity further talks about how Jeremy ended up finding the journal entry about Harper, but the truth was that Harper’s death was an accident. She’d told Crew to hold his breath as the canoe was tipping and focused on saving him because Harper was more comfortable in the water than Crew.

Verity had then written about it soon after in her “antagonistic journaling” mindset partially as a way of verbalizing her own guilt over not being able to protect Harper. However, she wasn’t expecting Jeremy to somehow come across it.

Right after, Jeremy had grabbed her and choked her until she was unconscious, without giving her a chance to explain. When she awoke, she was bound and gagged and in her car. Then he made it look like she had driven her self into a tree.

Afterwards, Verity had pretended to be in a coma and continued to pretend until she could figure out how to fix the situation. She decides to write him this letter and to try to run away with Crew.

After reading the letter, Lowen feels sick, knowing that Verity was innocent. Beyond that, Lowen thinks about how Jeremy had already known about the manuscript even before Lowen showed it to him.

Worried that Jeremy might find out the truth, Lowen destroys Verity’s letter. However, even afterwards, Lowen wonders if perhaps Verity was just being manipulative with her letter. Ultimately she doesn’t know if Verity’s letter was the truth or if her manuscript was the truth.

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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Great summary!! Although you kept calling Lowen, Verity. I understand as I do it all the time, too lol.

Book Summary: Verity by Colleen Hoover

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Book summary for Verity by Colleen Hoover explores the story of Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer who is offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete the remaining books in a bestselling series by the injured Verity Crawford.

Lowen is tasked with sorting through Verity’s notes and outlines at the Crawford home, where she discovers an unfinished autobiography that contains bone-chilling admissions about Verity’s family, including the night that changed everything.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Verity’s husband Jeremy, who is already grieving the loss of their children, but as she begins to develop feelings for him, she recognizes the potential benefits if he were to read his wife’s words. However, the disturbing content of the manuscript could devastate Jeremy and make it impossible for him to continue to love Verity.

Spoiler alert: my Verity book summary contains spoilers, so make sure to proceed only if you have read the book.

The book contains extremely mature content, including graphic death/murder, child abuse, and graphic sex, and is recommended for readers 18+.

In the full summary of the book below, I will delve deeper into the plot and explore the complex characters, intense relationships, and shocking twists that make Verity a must-read for fans of psychological thrillers.

I hope you will enjoy my chapter-by-chapter detailed plot guide and summary of the book Verity by Colleen Hoover. ✨

In Chapter 1, Lowen, the narrator, witnesses a tragic accident in Manhattan where a man is hit by a truck and dies. The scene is chaotic, but people surprisingly remain calm. As the narrator tries to move away, they get caught in a crowd of people and are approached by a stranger who leads them to a nearby coffee shop to clean up.

Lowen is disturbed by the indifference of some people towards the accident but also appreciates the anonymity and invisibility of living in Manhattan. The chapter ends with the narrator still shaken by the incident and unable to shake the image of the man’s death.

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In Chapter 2, Lowen receives a text from their literary agent inviting them to a meeting with a publisher. They reflect on their aversion to other humans due to their mother’s fear of them during sleepwalking episodes.

Lowen attends the meeting with their agent, Corey, and meets a man named Jeremy, who compliments their shirt. Jeremy’s wife, Verity Crawford, is a successful author who is unable to finish the remaining books in her series due to a car accident.

Jeremy offers the job to Lowen, but she declines. Jeremy reveals that his family has been prone to chronic tragedy and shares his own experiences of losing both his twin daughters six months apart.

Lowen becomes uncomfortable as she realizes she does not know where a neighbor who had lost his entire family is now, and changes her mind.

In Chapter 3, the protagonist, Lowen, reminisces about her ex-boyfriend Amos, who had a fetish for choking. Lowen wonders what might have happened if she had indulged his desires and remained with him. However, she is relieved that she is no longer with him.

Corey, Lowen’s former lover and a publisher, arrives to celebrate Lowen’s new contract with Verity Crawford, a successful author. Although Lowen is facing eviction, Corey does not mention it and instead offers champagne.

Lowen is aware of Corey’s new girlfriend, Rebecca, and asks about her, to which Corey is surprised. Corey then asks Lowen whether she has read Verity’s books, to which she responds negatively.

Corey unintentionally insults Lowen’s writing by stating that Verity’s books are not his style. Lowen then reveals that she will be staying at Verity’s house to sort through her notes for the book series. Corey is hesitant, but Lowen assures him it is necessary.

In Chapter 4, Lowen heads to the Crawford estate to begin working on Verity’s autobiography. On her way, she listens to Verity’s first novel and becomes nervous about the expectations of completing Verity’s series. Lowen reflects on her own writing process and worries about the attention that will come with attaching her name to Verity’s successful series.

At the Crawford estate, Lowen meets Jeremy and his son Crew. She is shown around the house and is amazed by the luxurious amenities available for writing. Lowen feels uncomfortable staying in someone else’s bed, but she tries to push those thoughts away.

Lowen starts looking for Verity’s plans for the next book and goes through several files and boxes but finds nothing. She then finds Verity’s autobiography titled So Be It and becomes curious, starting to read it for research purposes.

So Be It – Chapter 1

“So Be It” by Verity Crawford is an autobiographical novel in which the author promises to expose the truth about herself without trying to gain the reader’s sympathy.

In Chapter 1, Verity meets Jeremy Crawford at a charity event, and she immediately senses a strong connection with him. She is wearing a stolen red dress that Jeremy finds attractive, and he asks the bartender to serve her only water for the rest of the evening.

Verity is surprised but flattered by his attention and begins to imagine a future with him. She believes that her destiny is to suffer a tragic end, but she is willing to embrace it.

After running to his car, they share a passionate kiss before going to a Steak ‘n Shake and then back to his apartment to have sex.

Verity realizes that this is the first time she is making love and feels confident and invested in the moment with her heart, gut, mind, and hope. They spend three days in his apartment, and she becomes obsessed with him, wanting to be everything that makes him happy.

However, the chapter ends with a foreshadowing that there is something more important to Jeremy than her.

In Chapter 5, Lowen finds Verity’s autobiography in the office and starts reading it, hoping to understand Verity’s mind better. As she works late into the night, she hears a noise coming from upstairs that sounds like someone having sex.

She panics and worries about Verity being sexually abused, but it turns out to be the sound of Verity’s hospital bed. Jeremy tells her that Verity’s bed is designed to shift every two hours to take weight off her pressure points.

Jeremy offers Lowen pizza, and they discuss how they work best at night. However, Lowen is embarrassed around Jeremy because of what she read about him in Verity’s manuscript.

So Be It – Chapter 2

In Chapter 2 of So Be It by Verity Crawford, Verity describes her two-year relationship with Jeremy as saccharine love and adoration.

When Jeremy is transferred to Los Angeles temporarily, the protagonist moves in with him unofficially and stops paying her own rent.

When Jeremy finds out, he is blindsided, and Verity feels like the only nourishment for her soul has been taken away. She starts writing about a fictional Jeremy called Lane to fill her days and hides how much Jeremy’s absence is affecting her.

When Jeremy returns, she has just finished editing the final page of her novel and congratulates him with a blowjob.

In Chapter 6, Lowen describes the view from Verity’s office, noting the upside of the unobstructed glass view, and the downside of seeing Verity’s nurse reading to her while she sits in her wheelchair, seemingly unresponsive.

Lowen is attempting to create a filing system for the notes she’s gathered on the characters for the series, which Verity authored before her accident.

When the nurse leaves, Lowen wonders if Verity will react, but she remains still until suddenly making eye contact with the protagonist, causing her to jump and feel scared.

Lowen spends the afternoon reading on the porch while watching Jeremy and his son Crew work on their fishing dock. She finds herself distracted by Jeremy’s shirtless physique and begins to wonder if he was the inspiration for some of Verity’s male characters.

April interrupts her thoughts and informs her that Verity has gone to bed. Lowen notices Crew waving at Verity’s window, but when she checks, the curtains are drawn. She decides to check on Verity, feeling unsettled by what she saw.

So Be It – Chapter 3

In Chapter 3 of So Be It by Verity Crawford, the narrator reflects on the importance of taking care of one’s body, drawing on her personal experiences of seeing her mother neglect her physical well-being.

She reveals that she is pregnant and that her pregnancy has already caused changes to her body. Although she is initially disgusted by her growing stomach, her fiancé Jeremy reassures her and they have sex.

Jeremy is excited about the baby and believes that it is a girl, even though it is still too early to tell. The narrator is willing to indulge his excitement because it excites her too.

In this chapter, Lowen drops the last page of Verity’s manuscript and finds it unsettling. She drops to her knees to pick it up, but the page disappears under the desk. She begins to cry and feels a range of emotions, including sadness and anger. She thinks that Verity must have written this because she experienced it, and she wonders what else Verity is capable of. Lowen puts the manuscript away, knowing that she will destroy it before Jeremy reads it.

Lowen feels a strong urge to drink, but there is no alcohol in the house. Jeremy offers her some Crown Royal from the pantry. Lowen is barely able to swallow it as she tries to deal with her emotions. Jeremy asks Lowen what happened, and she lies and says that the scary part in Verity’s book scared her. Jeremy offers Lowen some dinner, which she accepts.

Lowen asks Jeremy if she can ask a question, but she hesitates because she does not want to seem too nosy. She wants to know more about Verity’s accident and asks if she can see the photos of Verity’s injuries. Jeremy shows her the pictures and tells her what happened. He then asks if she is okay, but Lowen says that she is fine.

In Chapter 8, Lowen has decided not to read any more of Verity’s manuscript until she makes progress on what she is there to do. She is getting more comfortable around Verity and has met a new nurse named Myrna.

Lowen has been given extra time to prepare for her move and has been reading more of Verity’s novels to get a better sense of the series.

She receives a text from Corey telling her that Pantem Press announced her as the new co-author of Verity’s series.

Lowen and Jeremy head to Target together, where she discovers that Verity’s social media announcement about being ecstatic to have Lowen on board is false.

In Chapter 9, Lowen has been staying in the Crawford home for five days, and she already feels like she’s been there for longer. She observes Jeremy sitting still on the back porch, staring out at the lake, and wonders what’s going on in his mind.

She wishes she knew what thoughts were going through his head right now. Later, she hears Crew scream and rushes upstairs to find him with a cut under his chin.

She learns that Verity told Crew not to touch her knife, which causes Lowen to freeze. She asks Crew if Verity talks to him, but he shakes his head. Jeremy arrives and takes care of Crew’s injury.

So Be It – Chapter 4

In Chapter 4 of So Be It by Verity Crawford, Verity reveals her unsuccessful attempts to self-abort and her lack of desire to become a mother.

After her twins are born, the pediatrician brushes off the scar on one of the babies’ cheeks as a common occurrence, but Verity knows that she caused it. She names the babies Chastin and Harper and tries to show affection towards them to please their father.

However, she struggles with breastfeeding and resents Jeremy’s disappointment when she refuses to do it. She eventually complies to make him happy.

In Chapter 10, Lowen struggles to understand Verity’s perspective on motherhood as she reads through her autobiography. Lowen considers whether Verity truly deserves to be a mother or if she simply has a different view of motherhood than most. She thinks about her own desire to have children and the type of father she would want for them.

Lowen finds a box of pictures of the family and begins looking through them. Jeremy, Verity’s husband, joins her and they discuss the girls and their personalities. He explains that Harper was diagnosed with Asperger’s at a young age, which is why she rarely smiled. Jeremy shares his favorite picture of the girls and Lowen notices his joy in the photo.

Lowen is torn between feeling like she is invading the family’s privacy by looking at the pictures, and feeling like it’s necessary research for the book she is writing. She rationalizes her actions by telling herself that she needs to understand Verity’s character better.

Through Lowen’s thoughts, the reader learns more about Verity’s attitude towards motherhood and how it affected her relationship with Jeremy and their children. Jeremy’s love for his children is apparent, and Lowen finds herself drawn to his genuine affection for them.

In Chapter 11, Lowen describes the eerie feeling that persists in the house even during the day. She recalls waking up in the middle of the night hearing footsteps and creaking stairs. Lowen’s curiosity leads her to watch April, who is feeding Verity, and she wonders if Jeremy still loves his wife or if he no longer believes she’s in there anymore.

Lowen engages in small talk with April and inadvertently insults Verity. April takes the opportunity to educate the narrator on how to interact with Verity respectfully. Crew interrupts their conversation, excitedly showing his mother a turtle he has found.

Lowen and Jeremy go out to dinner with Crew, Jeremy’s son. The group has a lighthearted conversation filled with jokes, but tension builds between the protagonist and Jeremy as they share a moment in the unlit corner of the house after returning home.

Lowen retreats to Verity’s office to distract herself by reading Verity’s intimate scenes with Jeremy in her manuscript, acknowledging that it’s wrong but not as wrong as acting on her feelings for him.

So Be It – Chapter 5

In Chapter 5 of So Be It, Verity discusses the struggles of caring for her twin infants without a nanny, as well as her husband’s return to work after his two-week paternity leave.

With Jeremy out of the house, Verity is able to get more sleep during the day while the babies sleep, allowing her to work on her writing at night. She notes that her sex life with her husband has been lacking since the birth of their children and is determined to keep it alive, but her husband is concerned about hurting her due to her recent cesarean.

In the middle of the night, Verity initiates oral sex with her husband, but ultimately wants him to have sex with her. After some teasing, they have sex, which is initially painful due to the protagonist’s recent surgery but ultimately satisfying.

Lowen reflects on Verity’s personality traits and comes to the conclusion that she displays characteristics of a psychopath, but her obsession with Jeremy makes her doubt this.

 Jeremy asks for help in retrieving an old aquarium from the basement for their son, and the protagonist accompanies him. In the basement, they find old files, an unused office, and boxes of accumulated things.

Jeremy reveals that he used to own a realty firm but gave it up when Verity’s writing career took off, as he was only working for the sake of working.

In Chapter 13, Lowen wakes up in the master bedroom of Jeremy’s house, realizing she’s been sleepwalking. She panics when she realizes she’s in Verity’s bed and rushes out of the room, but Jeremy catches her and comforts her.

Lowen explains her history with sleepwalking and how she used to lock herself in her room to prevent it from happening. Jeremy asks if her desire for a lock was to keep him out, but she clarifies it was to stop herself from getting out. Lowen is now terrified to sleep in the house and doesn’t know why she ended up in Verity’s room.

In Chapter 14, Lowen wakes up early after a sleepless night with Jeremy, and he offers to put a lock on the outside of her bedroom door.

April arrives, and Jeremy suggests that the protagonist take a break, but she chooses to keep working. She spends the morning catching up on emails and answering interview questions about her role with Verity.

In the afternoon, Jeremy makes tacos, but the protagonist does not feel comfortable eating with April and Verity at the table. She also continues to struggle with her fear of Verity and her manuscript.

So Be It – Chapter 6

In Chapter 6 of So Be It, Verity reflects on the past six months since her twin daughters were born, revealing her ongoing resentment towards them and her boyfriend’s unwavering love for them.

She contemplates leaving Jeremy, but ultimately decides to stay since he is the only reason she has any connection to her family. She wakes up from a vivid nightmare in which she finds one of her daughters suffocating the other, only to discover that the daughter doesn’t have a face.

She realizes that she has fallen in love with one of the girls and is devastated by the thought of losing them. She distracts Jeremy from her distress by engaging in sexual activity with him and asks him how many women he has been with, but she isn’t bothered by the answer.

In Chapter 15, Lowen continues to read Verity’s manuscript, but is horrified by what she reads. Verity details how she tried to choke her infant daughter and then focuses mainly on Jeremy and Chastin, rarely mentioning Harper at all.

Lowen loses track of time and is interrupted by Jeremy, who has made tacos for her. They watch a meteor shower and talk about their pasts. Jeremy reveals that his parents cut Verity out of their lives because they didn’t approve of her writing.

Lowen empathizes with Verity, but quickly remembers what she did to Harper. Jeremy admits he has been waiting for the right time to go back to work, but doesn’t know when that will be. Lowen realizes she has feelings for Jeremy but keeps her distance because he is married.

So Be It – Chapter 9

In Chapter 9 of So Be It, Verity prepares a special meal of chicken and dumplings for her husband, Jeremy, in an attempt to reconcile with him. Jeremy has been distant and angry with Verity since they moved to their new house and enrolled their children in daycare without consulting him.

Despite their daily sex routine, Verity senses that their relationship has changed. During the meal, Jeremy becomes angry and throws his bowl against the wall, revealing that he is upset with Heidi for neglecting her writing career and not supporting him in his new job.

The chapter ends with Jeremy pacing in their bedroom, trying to gather his thoughts, while Verity contemplates cleaning up the mess and reconciling with him.

In Chapter 16, Lowen expresses her boredom with reading Verity’s manuscript. She has submitted the outline for the first book to Corey for feedback and is waiting to hear back from Pantem’s editor.

Although she is burnt out from working so much, she is hesitant to leave because she has nowhere to go until her advance payment arrives. Lowen is watching TV and eating popcorn when Jeremy joins her on the couch.

They talk about Verity, and Jeremy reveals that Verity used to watch TV when she had writer’s block. Lowen is unsure of the reason for Jeremy’s interest in her staying longer, and they talk about their personal lives. When Jeremy asks her how old she is, Lowen realizes that her birthday is in an hour.

Lowen and Jeremy, share a tense moment where Lowen sees Jeremy’s wife Verity standing at the top of the stairs. Jeremy is bewildered, as Verity is paralyzed from the neck down and can’t move.

Lowen becomes convinced that she has seen something supernatural and is shaken, while Jeremy tries to comfort her and blames it on exhaustion and paranoia. They spend the night together in bed, with Jeremy reassuring Lowen that he won’t leave her alone.

In Chapter 17, Lowen wakes up full of doubt after believing she saw Verity at the top of the stairs the night before. Jeremy visits her office and tells her he has installed a lock on Verity’s bedroom door to help Lowen feel more secure.

Lowen worries that the lock is there because Jeremy believes her claims about Verity, which she is unsure of herself.

Lowen is struggling with what to do with Verity’s manuscript, as she wants to give it to Jeremy so he can understand his wife, but she hasn’t finished reading it and is not sure if Verity’s supposed disability is genuine or not. She skips some chapters in the manuscript and starts reading a chapter she believes may explain Chastin’s death.

So Be It – Chapter 13

In Chapter 13 of So Be It, Verity reveals that she got pregnant with Crew soon after lying to Jeremy about her pregnancy, and she hired a nanny to care for the children.

When Chastin dies from anaphylaxis, Verity and Jeremy are devastated. Kitty, the mother of the friend Chastin was staying with, called Jeremy when the ambulance took Chastin, but she did not tell them that Chastin had died.

When they arrive at the hospital, Jeremy screams when he realizes that Chastin is dead. The cause of death was confirmed to be anaphylaxis.

Verity and Jeremy had been hyper vigilant about Chastin’s peanut allergy, but the girls snuck into the pantry and grabbed a handful of snacks to take back to their room in the middle of the night.

In Chapter 18, Lowen finds Verity in the living room, staring blankly at the television. Lowen throws a wooden ball at her, but she does not flinch. Lowen wonders how Verity does not react to anything around her and thinks that she may have trained herself not to react. She finds Verity disturbing and is relieved that she had nothing to do with Chastin’s death.

Lowen plans to read the last two chapters of Verity’s manuscript and worries that she will not be able to sleep afterwards. She is also tired of the strange things happening in the house and is angry at Verity’s behavior towards her family.

When Lowen realizes that the television has gone silent, she becomes angry and confronts Verity, whispering insulting words to her. She waits to see if Verity reacts, but there is no response.

Lowen and Jeremy have sex without protection, despite not being on the pill. They explore different positions, with Jeremy taking control and the narrator relinquishing it to him completely.

During the act, the narrator notices bite marks on the headboard left by Verity and becomes determined to leave her behind and focus only on her and Jeremy. The chapter ends with Jeremy reaching his climax and the implication that the night is far from over.

In Chapter 19, Lowen and Jeremy have sex for the second time in the shower. They return to bed and engage in personal conversations, discussing their past relationships.

Jeremy reveals that he was not sure if he knew Verity well enough even though they were married, but he still loved her.

Lowen then wakes up a few hours later to Jeremy panicking because they are locked in the bedroom.

So Be It – Chapter 14

In Chapter 14 of So Be It, Verity is remembering the morning when Harper died a few days ago. Verity resents Harper for the loss of her son, Chastin, and is angry that Harper doesn’t seem to care about his death.

Jeremy, Verity’s husband, has been focusing on their other two children after Chastin’s death and has been distant from Verity. Verity is frustrated that Jeremy doesn’t listen to her and spoils Crew, their youngest child.

When Verity confronts Harper about not caring about Chastin’s death, Harper gets upset and runs to her room. Jeremy asks Verity to take the kids to the lake, but Verity tries to avoid it.

Jeremy worries that they are both depressed and need to look out for each other. Verity feels loved by Jeremy when he kisses her.

The chapter opens with the narrator feeling sick and traumatized by the revelation of Verity’s crimes. She questions what she should do and takes Xanax to calm herself down.

Later, Jeremy comes to her room and they spend time together, but she feels guilty for hiding the truth from him. Jeremy reveals that he has arranged for Verity to stay in a nursing facility during the week and come home on weekends.

Lowen believes it is the best solution for everyone, and the grief begins to dissipate.

The chapter begins with the Lowen dreaming about Crew, Verity’s son, and feeling like there was something evil embedded in him. Lowen wonders if keeping silent about Verity’s manuscript is in Crew’s best interest since he saw his sister drown and his mother do very little to help her.

 She’s now in the kitchen with Crew, who’s playing on his iPad, and shares peanut butter and crackers with him. She tries to ask him questions about the canoe incident, but he stops talking when she mentions his mother. He then accidentally injures himself with a knife, and Lowen calls for Jeremy’s help.

So Be It – Chapter 15

In Chapter 15 of So Be It, Verity reports the details of Harper’s death to the police and is questioned about why her children weren’t wearing life jackets.

Jeremy becomes increasingly suspicious and confronts Verity about why she told Crew to hold his breath before the canoe tipped over. Verity tries to explain but Jeremy no longer trusts her and turns away from her.

Verity contemplates whether her life is over and wonders if Jeremy will report her to the police. She considers taking her own life and the chapter ends with her feeling uncertain about her future.

Lowen processes the information she has just read in Verity’s autobiography and is shocked to learn that Jeremy suspects Verity of killing Harper. Lowen is conflicted, wondering how Jeremy can still take care of Verity if he believes she is a murderer.

Jeremy returns home with Crew, who has been injured and requires stitches. Lowen asks if he wants coffee and hugs him in the kitchen, but she is still full of questions. When she spills her coffee in the office, she notices that Verity is on the floor on her hands and knees.

Lowen yells for Jeremy and confronts Verity, accusing her of faking her condition. Jeremy gets angry and throws Lowen out, telling her to leave.

In Chapter 23, Lowen anxiously waits for Jeremy to finish reading Verity’s manuscript, which reveals that Verity was not the person he thought she was and she might have killed their daughter. Jeremy goes to confront Verity and threatens to call the police, but Verity does not answer him.

Jeremy opens Verity’s eyes and realizes that she has been faking her vegetative state. When Verity refuses to answer him, Jeremy threatens to take her manuscript to the police.

After several seconds of silence, Verity opens her eyes and Jeremy confronts her. A violent struggle ensues, with Jeremy trying to strangle Verity, and Lowen tries to intervene, reminding him of their son.

In Chapter 24, we learn that seven months have passed since Verity’s death, and the narrator is now pregnant with Jeremy’s child. She and Jeremy have moved to a new home in North Carolina and are raising Crew together, with the narrator noting that therapy is helping him cope with his grief.

The couple is clearing out Verity’s old home, and while doing so, Crew finds some pictures he drew for his mother, which triggers the narrator’s memories of the knife she saw in Verity’s room.

Lowen discovers a hole in the floor of Verity’s office and finds a letter in an envelope. The letter is addressed to Jeremy, and Verity apologizes for leaving him in the middle of the night with Crew. Verity reveals that they flipped into an alternate dimension after the death of Chastin.

Verity tells Jeremy about an exercise Amanda suggested to her called antagonistic journaling, where she writes journal entries from her own life, but her inner dialogue in the entry is opposite to what she was actually thinking.

Verity uses an example to explain the exercise, and it shows how she was embarrassed by Jeremy’s behavior during a dinner.

Verity about the mind of a writer and how writers can separate their reality from fiction. She explains that she found relief in writing about a world darker than the one she was living in. She finished her manuscript, printed it out and left it in a box, not expecting anyone to read it.

However, her husband read it and became consumed by sadness and rage, nearly killing her. Verity woke up in the passenger seat of her car with her hands and feet bound and tape on her mouth. Her husband had planned to kill her and make it look like an accident.

She realizes that if she had died, her manuscript would have been seen as a perfect suicide letter. She is now pretending to be injured and is deceiving her husband because she is unsure of his intentions towards her.

In Chapter 25, Lowen is in shock after reading a letter from Verity stating that she never harmed Harper and that the manuscript was a work of fiction.

Lowen worries that Jeremy knew about the manuscript before she gave it to him, but decides not to confront him. She tears the letter into shreds and eats the ones with Jeremy’s name on them, flushing the rest down the toilet.

Jeremy comes to check on her, and she hides her emotions from him. They leave the house together, with Jeremy excited about their baby, and Lowen vows to take the secret to her grave to spare Jeremy more pain. She reflects that Verity was a master manipulator and wonders which truth was being manipulated.

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Verity by Colleen Hoover: Summary, Characters, and Book Review

By: Author William Pearce

Posted on Published: October 4, 2023

I picked up Verity from the bookstore the day I heard it was a different genre than Colleen Hoover’s favorite, new adult contemporary romance. Now, if this is your first time learning about Colleen Hoover, I suggest you check out Colleen Hoover Books Ranked From Best To Worst .

Verity Colleen Hoover Summary

Colleen Hoover wrote her fair share of young adult novels to claim her throne as queen. As she steps into the book world of “psychological thriller”, I was sure it would be refreshing to explore her writing without the romantic extravaganza as usual.

Right off the bat, the book cover caught my fancy. If you look at it closely, you can see it’s a child caught in a fishing net. It was too reminiscent of the movie IT because the yellow in the net was a dead ringer for the kid’s raincoat.

What book can be more ominous than a child on its cover? After all, even one of the greatest horror authors, Stephen King, placed his best bets on his child characters. Originality is one thing you shouldn’t seek in Colleen Hoover’s novels.

Let’s discuss this further in my Verity Colleen Hoover summary, characters, and review then, shall we?


Verity Colleen Hoover Summary and First Impressions

From the get-go of the book, I was sure Verity required a lot of trigger warnings. If you’re an avid CoHo (as her fanbase likes to call her) fan, domestic abuse, murder, mental abuse, and simply trauma, in general, are commonly used as plots or characteristics of her characters.

Verity was no different, if not worse, than her romance genre when it came to mentions of abuse.

The moment I picked up the book, I realized it was more captivating than any other novel written by Colleen Hoover. From the beginning, the book lures its readers into an adventure of nerve-wracking thrill.

The introduction of her female protagonist, Lowen, an up-and-coming writer, showed me a ray of hope for this book. I was hell-bent on proving myself wrong about Colleen Hoover.

Alas, that all went down the drain the moment the main male character (MMC), Jeremy, entered the scene. While his initial impression was of a noble and kind middle-aged man, his image was ruined by Lowen.

That’s because of her unnecessary attraction towards him when she was supposedly in a “state of shock”.

Her indifference towards the accident and inner dramatic monologues, like an indie film character, about the accident were a lot more intriguing than any of Colleen Hoover’s previous female main characters.

In true CoHo fashion, that’s all we have for character description.

After Lowen’s forced and pathetic attraction towards Jeremy, my initial hope and excitement for the book diminished. I knew Verity would go down the same road as all of her other novels.

Yet, I mustered up my patience and bore through Lowen’s incessant ramble about her past and her mother’s death, which only reminded me of how hollow and half-baked Hoover’s characters are.

Her writing doesn’t allow any scope for any visualizing of her characters, let alone empathizing with their needless traumatic backgrounds.

Here’s Verity Plot Synopsis for You (Spoilers Ahead!)

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! Only read if you want to know what happens in Verity.

You will never see me not raving about Verity Colleen Hoover summary if someone brings up her. Like I said previously, Verity is there in my favorites list when it comes to Hoover’s novel.

Verity Plot Synopsis for You

If you’re a fan of suspense or psychological thrillers, my raving for this plot will seem wee to you. But as someone who has read and thoroughly been disappointed with Colleen Hoover’s plots, this book has been my holy grail.

As I mentioned earlier, the book had me hooked from the beginning with the gruesome and detailed accident. I was ecstatic to finish this book in a day or two. I wasn’t even bothered by the initial descriptions of sex because it wouldn’t truly be a Colleen Hoover in order without it.

I wasn’t going to let anything take this intriguing plot away from me. Unfortunately, when Verity goes on to ramble about her sex life with Jeremy for pages on end, I couldn’t help but be bored.

Verity tries too hard to justify her fascination for Jeremy through sex because Hoover has nothing to offer for her characters other than pure erotica.

I wonder if Hoover imagines her readers to be curious preteens kicking their feet in the air while reading it or horny middle-aged women unsatisfied with their marriages.

Because in no way would a newly adult person seek out sexual solace during their prime in books written by a middle-aged woman.

Even book and movie geeks like me would much rather enjoy Professor McGonagall calling the trio a bumbling band of baboons than read the word “fuck” every two minutes in a novel.

Despite her cause, the psychopathic side of Verity truly amused me. While she was no serial killer, Hoover certainly played with the idea of the weight words hold on our minds and how humans are quick to judge to perfection.

Why did I call the Verity Plot poorly executed, then?

The primary problem lies in Colleen Hoover’s writing. A plot with such promise requires a well-polished writing skill. The lack of this could be blamed on trying out a new genre, but not when it’s the same for all her novels.

There’s a difference between writing literature and stringing a bunch of words together just to say something. Unfortunately, for Colleen Hoover, the latter is truer.

It was hard to follow up with certain parts of the plot that were key to the “thriller” component of the novel due to her weak descriptions that not only lacked vision but also consistency.

It became even more prominent during Lowen’s encounter with Verity and, finally, her death. Her death was rushed and hazy, which derailed her as the main antagonist.

Overall, the book kept me on the edge only for the hope of how great the plot could’ve been. Alas, only disappointment followed.

Could it be me only? Maybe. But for a psychological thriller book, you wouldn’t expect to only get smut and plot lines as predictable; even a third grader can see them coming a mile away.

Quite a contradicting choice of words, but that’s what every Hoover novel felt like to me — a preteen attempting to write erotica.

Unrealistic Characters? Umm… Now that You Look at Them…

The Verity book summary was the best Colleen Hoover had to offer in the entirety of her career. Everything else about the book was disappointing. Her execution of the plot and characters lacked vastly.

Verity Genre and Characters

It was easy to predict Jeremy was here to stay as a main character the moment Lowen had that god-awful attraction towards him due to his mere kindness. In no way did it surprise me that Jeremy and Lowen crossed each other’s paths again, not minutes after coming into contact.

And, of course, what are women to Colleen Hoover if they don’t like men in committed relationships or marriage?

What finally got me hooked on the book again was none other than Verity herself. A successful and excellent author with an undeniably beautiful name struck by the grief of mysteriously losing both of her daughters that led to her own mysterious accident?

I was ready to write Hoover fan emails pleading to create more characters like Verity.

Verity was the breath of fresh air Hoover required so desperately in her novels. Her backstory was the first traumatic convolution written by Hoover that added to the plot instead of acting as unnecessary filler.

The design of their house was implied to be ominous as a warning to the person Verity was and a total contradiction to warm cozy Vermont.

But Hoover’s description of the house was so amateur. My imagination of the house was only of Edward Scissorhands’ house in the movie – how cartoonish both his house and the pastel houses in the neighborhood looked in comparison.

Colleen Hoover perfectly brought out my empathy for Verity with the back-and-forth description of her bedridden room and her office, which was the most intimate part of her, from elegance to being in a total state of comatose.

The more Lowen explored Verity’s home and her family, she rounded up to one of my favorite characters by Hoover. It was so close to the finish line that she had to ruin Verity by making her obsessed with Jeremy again.

A gorgeous blonde author who turns out to be a psychopath? Hallelujah, more power to her! But for Jeremy? Eugh!

Just as she was turning into this divine femme fatale, Colleen Hoover had to strip her of a personality only to make Verity obsessed enough to kill for her man’s attention.

Not to forget how Verity wasn’t even regarded to be described as herself unless she was with Jeremy. Carelessly throwing it in the air that she had blonde hair is NOT a character description.

Speaking of Jeremy, I could see how perfect Hoover wanted him to be. Yet, once again, he only came out as this unrealistic character.

Idolizing main male characters for doing the bare minimum and just because they look “good” enough to get two women obsessed enough to kill for him was already too good to be true.

But Hoover expecting us to swoon over a man who felt no remorse for cheating on his wife in the SAME HOUSE she is bedridden and lost their two daughters was infuriating.

Not only did they stop there, but their incessant justification of something this low through Verity’s evilness made me despise them more.

Speaking of Lowen, she started as this character with boastful self-righteousness about what’s right and wrong when it was her relationship with her publisher. But, oh well, how could Hoover’s reader fangirl on Jeremy if the morally great Lowen didn’t get weak in the knees for him?

What truly tickles me the wrong way with Hoover’s characters is how they are forced into the plot instead of any character development.

Hoover stripped Verity into even less of a human with her quick death. The hastened description of Verity in her end moments was disappointing, to say the least. It felt rushed, and it felt as though her entire novel wasn’t supposed to revolve around Verity herself.

Her manner of death made her look weak and feasible instead of the powerful villain she portrayed throughout the entire novel.

My Take on Which Was True: The Manuscript or The Letter

It’s easy to say this was the section I was eagerly waiting for. I spent weeks debating with my friends about what is true. Finally, I came to a controversial conclusion — it doesn’t matter.

The novel should’ve ended with the end of the manuscript. Till then, all was good because I didn’t feel the urge to rip my hair out of frustration.

As I mentioned earlier, Verity’s death was the biggest disappointment of all this novel brought forward. So were the events that followed up to it.

You can come up with a million questions:

Why did Jeremy doubt Verity wasn’t comatose? If the letter is true, why didn’t Jeremy reveal he read the manuscript to Lowen before or after he made her an accomplice to murder?

Why didn’t Lowen confront Jeremy afterwards? How didn’t the Police find out Jeremy was present at the accident’s site?

Suppose the manuscript was true, and Jeremy did doubt Verity disliked Harper. How could he still gush about the first night he met her? Verity would kill for a child whom she forced herself to love just for Jeremy?

Take a moment and sit back. Did these questions rise from the cliffhanger or because it feels forced?

To me, it felt forced. The letter didn’t add anything to the plot other than make you hate all the characters even more and prove what a messy writer Colleen Hoover is.

The letter and the ending could have been better. It felt like I jumped to another book’s ending and read it to have my mind deranged. Colleen Hoover failed to connect the ending like every other novel written by her, and that just shows how much her writing and literary skills lack.

I would much rather have Lowen and Jeremy remember the house and Verity and feel the sigh of relief horror movie characters feel after escaping the haunted house in the end than be left in a state of confusion over how unrealistic and unnecessary the letter seemed.

With a book that was already leaving a lot to the imagination by providing nothing to visualize, derailing the reader’s feeling of total shock that a mother would be coldhearted enough to kill her child by adding the unrealistic letter, it felt like Hoover was trying to feed her readers information hoping they would blindly believe her.

The law or Police were in no way involved with the accident. Why didn’t the Police once doubt Jeremy through any of this?

It seems an awful lot suspicious that within a span of a few months, this man lost his twin daughters and wife and is still out there trying to earn from his wife’s name and moving on with her writer, who was present in the house during his wife’s death.

I can’t help but think how even villainizing Jeremy and Lowen would’ve been a better ending than having Lowen go from this aspiring writer to a woman who is delirious enough to believe Jeremy with the justification of how manipulative Verity was despite not knowing her at all.

I will forever hold a grudge against Colleen Hoover for demeaning her female characters, who somehow always end up as sex addicts to the point they only exist to idolize her hollow main male characters.

What Are My Ratings for Verity?

I read 27 chapters of Verity AKA the whole book. Considering how invested I was in this book; this should be an easy answer. If I wasn’t introduced to her previous work and wasn’t already aware of her lack of literary skills, I would rate this a 2.5 out of 5.

Unfortunately, I had big hopes for her not ruining this ending as well, but oh well… For that sole reason, I rate this a 3.5 out of 5.

Verity Book Review

Look, I get it was her first time exploring the world of psychological thrillers. But the fact that she came up with a plot this good shows how much potential her novels have but fail due to her ignorance and adamance to try out a new writing technique.

Another thing I didn’t enjoy about the book was how see-through Colleen Hoover became. It reflected her poor writing skills and how her mind works as a writer.

As a reader, I would much rather prefer the writer compel me to bring out my imagination than have to consistently debilitate and nitpick whether the writer meant it this way or that way.

Getting an insight into how twisted and convoluted Colleen Hoover’s psychosis is didn’t sit well with me because it took the spotlight away from scavenging how Verity’s psychopath mind worked instead.

Also, her last-ditch attempt at a cliffhanger with the letter that led to the entire ending was just disappointing. Not to forget the retarded justification of the shallow male main character, Jeremy, and the horrible main character, Lowen’s affair under his comatose wife’s roof was too abhorrent for me.

My favorite female antagonist, Verity, and the plot of this book’s back must hurt from carrying the weight of being the sole reason for my rating.

My Final Thoughts and Opinion on Verity By Colleen Hoover Summarized – Did I Like This Book?

I experienced my fair share of disappointment. Keeping my disappointments aside, I have to give my hats off to the plot because it was unreputable.

It was a breath of fresh air from Colleen Hoover’s romance novels, but I wouldn’t re-read it because, despite the plot, there is nothing that will make me go back to it.

If the ending was coherent with the rest of the plot, then I would enjoy a re-read. Till then, I’m hoping Colleen Hoover explores the world of psychological thrillers and comes up with another masterpiece plot.

Would I Recommend This Book to You?

Suppose you are unfazed by the lack of writing skills and messy execution. In that case, I recommend reading this solely for the greatness of its plot.

This is one of the best books she has to offer. Unfortunately, this is the only book she has in this genre. If you wish to explore more of her books,

I highly suggest It Ends with Us despite it being a romance novel. Because you will get the true Colleen Hoover experience when she’s in her element.


Verity by Colleen Hoover| Summary, Synopsis, Themes & Characters

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Main Characters for the book “ Verity ” by Colleen Hoover:

1. Verity Crawford – Verity is the enigmatic and acclaimed author of a popular book series. She is known for her captivating and dark storytelling. Verity is described as mysterious, complex, and deeply troubled. Her past and present actions play a pivotal role in the story, and her character evolves throughout the book.

2. Lowen Ashleigh – Lowen is a struggling writer who is hired to complete the remaining books in Verity’s series. She is drawn into Verity’s life and becomes increasingly fascinated and disturbed by the secrets she uncovers. Lowen is determined and curious, often finding herself questioning Verity’s motives and unraveling the truth.

3. Jeremy Crawford – Jeremy is Verity’s husband and a successful, well-known author himself. He hires Lowen to write the remaining books in Verity’s series after an accident leaves Verity unable to continue. Jeremy is caught between his love for Verity and his growing feelings for Lowen, making him a conflicted and complex character.

4. Crew Crawford – Crew is Verity and Jeremy’s young son. He becomes an integral part of the story, as his presence and innocence add an emotional layer to the events unfolding around him. Crew’s interactions with Lowen create a bond between them and he becomes a catalyst for uncovering the truth.

Verity Themes

1. Trust and Betrayal – “Verity” addresses the complex topics of trust and betrayal in interpersonal relationships. The narrative digs into the repercussions of betrayed trust and the ongoing ramifications it may have on people.

2. Obsession and Manipulation – The book explores themes of obsession and manipulation as it digs into the shadowy side of human nature. It draws attention to how these negative inclinations might influence people to take ethically dubious actions.

3. Redemption and Forgiveness – “Verity” also delves into the themes of redemption and forgiveness. It explores the possibility of healing and finding redemption even in the face of past mistakes and unforgivable actions.

4. Identity and Self-Discovery – Throughout the narrative, the characters in “Verity” undergo a journey of self-discovery, grappling with questions of identity. The book explores how individuals can redefine themselves and find their true selves amidst the chaos of their circumstances.

5. Power and Control – The theme of power and control is prevalent in “Verity.” It examines the ways in which power dynamics can impact relationships and the lengths some will go to gain or maintain control over others.

6. Morality and Consequences – The book delves into moral dilemmas and the consequences that arise from the choices characters make. It raises thought-provoking questions about the blurred lines between right and wrong and explores the price one must pay for their actions.

7. Love and Sacrifice – “Verity” also explores the theme of love and sacrifice. It delves into the lengths people will go to protect and save those they care about, even at great personal cost.

Verity Synopis

Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer, is offered a lucrative opportunity to finish a bestselling series by the acclaimed author Verity Crawford, who is unable to continue writing due to a recent accident.

Lowen accepts the offer and moves into Verity’s house to go through her notes. As she delves into Verity’s work, she uncovers dark secrets that could destroy everything and everyone involved.

The lines between truth and fiction blur, and Lowen finds herself caught in a web of lies, manipulation and danger.

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Lowen Ashleigh, a writer, witnesses the death of a guy on her way to a meeting with her publisher. Jeremy Crawford, a gorgeous stranger, helps her. They quickly bond and share their recent personal bereavement experiences. Verity’s mother died of cancer lately. Both of Jeremy’s twin children died within six months of each other. They part ways, only to realise they are both on their way to the same rendezvous at Pantem Press. Jeremy is the husband of Verity Crawford, a well-known author who cannot complete the final three novels in her successful series The Noble Virtues.

The offer sent to Lowen begs her to complete the books in exchange for a large sum. Lowen accepts the proposal and agrees to fly to Vermont to collect notes from Verity’s office. Lowen’s literary agent and previous lover, Corey, urges her to be cautious given the strange nature of Verity’s automobile accident, which has rendered her immobile.

Lowen makes his way to Vermont. Crew, a five-year-old boy, is the only surviving Crawford kid. Uncomfortable, Lowen strives to settle in and get to work. She soon discovers a book titled So Be It, which she misidentifies as Verity’s autobiography but is a writing exercise in which Verity explores violent emotions to understand people better. Verity and Jeremy’s first encounter in the autobiography burst passionately, and their lively sex life takes centre stage. Lowen notices Verity looking at her while she reads and feels increasingly intimidated by her presence. 

Lowen is disturbed by the manuscript’s content and assumes Verity played a hand in her daughters’ deaths. Lowen and Jeremy’s connection deepens, and they almost kiss. Lowen learns about Verity’s twins, Harper and Chastin, and how she neglects them throughout the day while Jeremy is at work.

Lowen goes for a sleepwalk and wakes up in Verity’s bed. She tells Jeremy about a horrible event she had when she was ten, culminating in her mother’s neglect and a two-week mental examination. Jeremy consoles Lowen. Jeremy installs a lock outside Lowen’s bedroom door to calm his fears.

Lowen learns about Verity’s dream in which Harper murders Chastin. As a result, Verity decides to murder Harper by forcing her to drink her vomit. Jeremy intervenes before she achieves her goal. Verity becomes pregnant with Crew to appease Jeremy, who feels Verity is not treating Harper appropriately. 

Lowen relaxes with Jeremy on the eve of her 32nd birthday. They start having intercourse. Lowen notices Verity standing at the top of the steps, observing them. Lowen resolves to complete the autobiography before deciding whether or not to tell Jeremy the truth about Verity. She learns that Chastin died during a sleepover due to an allergic reaction. Verity becomes certain that Harper was involved in her sister’s death. Lowen is momentarily alone with Verity on her birthday, whom she confronts. Verity is immobile. Later that evening, Lowen advises that Jeremy place Verity in a nursing home to alleviate the strain of her care.

Harper drowned in the water, according to Lowen. Verity purposefully capsizes the boat and does not seek to rescue Harper. Jeremy informs Lowen that Verity will be transferred to a nursing home on Monday and requests that she stay another week. She concurs. They have exposed intercourse.

When Lowen is alone with Crew, he quizzes him about Harper’s death date. Crew slashes himself with a knife by mistake. Jeremy drives him to the hospital for sutures, leaving Lowen alone with Verity. Lowen locks the door and installs a baby monitor in Verity’s room. She keeps an eye on the monitor and reads the final chapter of the text. Verity’s book concludes with Jeremy doubting Verity’s role in Harper’s death. Verity considers suicide as a reaction.

Jeremy reappears. Lowen notices Verity lying on the floor of her bedroom on the baby monitor. She dashes upstairs to face Verity once again. Jeremy grabs Lowen and orders her to leave. Lowen ultimately hands over the document to Jeremy and requests that he read it. Jeremy confronts Verity & threatens to call the cops on her. Verity blinks and opens her eyes. Jeremy starts strangling her. Lowen interrupts him and proposes he murders Verity in the same manner she attempted to murder Harper as a newborn. Verity was choked on her vomit by Jeremy. Lowen and Jeremy swear they will never talk about what occurred.

Seven months after Lowen Ashleigh and Jeremy Crawford killed Verity for what they believed she did to her children, Lowen discovered a letter that had the potential to change everything. The letter was from Verity to Jeremy, and it revealed that the entire autobiography she had written was a lie. She had never killed Harper or tried to kill Crew. She had written the autobiography as a writing exercise, to see if she could write from the perspective of a villain.

Lowen was devastated by the revelation. She had believed that Verity was a monster, and she had helped to kill her. She also realized that she had fallen in love with Jeremy based on a lie. Lowen confronted Jeremy with the letter, and he was equally devastated. He had loved Verity and believed that she was a good person. He couldn’t reconcile the woman he knew with the woman who had written the autobiography. Lowen and Jeremy decided to keep Verity’s secret. They didn’t want to destroy Crew’s reputation or their own relationship. But the truth haunted them both.

In the end, Verity, the queen of manipulation, even after her death, won. She had destroyed their lives with a lie.

The ending of “Verity” is both ambiguous and disturbing. It leaves the reader wondering about the nature of truth and reality. It also raises questions about the ethics of writing from the perspective of a villain.

Verity FAQs:

What is colleen hoover’s verity about.

Colleen Hoover’s Verity is a suspenseful book about a struggling writer who uncovers dark secrets while researching a successful author, blurring the lines between truth and fiction.

What reading age is Verity for?

Verity is recommended for readers aged 14 and above

Does Verity have a happy ending?

Yes, Verity has a happy ending.

Is Verity a sociopath or psychopath?

Verity is a horrifying psychopath.

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Colleen Hoover, the TikTok sensation famous for her book “ It Ends with us, ” is not only limited to the romance genre when it comes to writing. She is an incredible writer who has written books in various genres, including psychological thrillers.

Verity, a romance psychological thriller, was published in 2018, and it blew away the readers with its twists and turns. This New York Times bestselling author has been writing for over a decade now, with her loyal fan base mostly being all young adults.

The author writes all her stories with a realistic touch, and the same goes with her book Verity. Her idea was how real-life happenings can be more scary than paranormal things. She admitted that her personality resembles the book’s main character.

This article will discuss the book’s summary and characters. We have also added the Verity book review and some famous quotes to remember, and will stay with you for a long time.

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1. The Creation of The Plot

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Summary of Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity’s story starts with the line, “I hear the crack of his skull before the spattering of blood reaches me.” This first line hooks and intrigues the reader’s mind immediately.

Lowen Ashleigh, the protagonist, a struggling writer, is splattered with blood when a truck hits a person. With her blood-soaked shirt, she is ushered to a nearby cafe by a handsome man named “Jeremy Crawford.”

After an accidental meet-up, they meet again at the publisher’s office, where Lowen is offered a big opportunity. A popular author named Verity Crawford is medically unfit to complete the book series she started, where she wrote stories from the villain’s point of view. She is introduced to Jeremy again as Verity Crawford’s husband.

Lowen is offered to finish this project as a ghostwriter, but she is not thrilled to accept the offer. However, she instantly connected with Jeremy after a heart-to-heart private conversation with him about her mother’s death, Jeremy’s loss of her twin daughters in an accident, and Verity’s recent ill condition.

With the eviction from her apartment and the amount of money she is offered for this project, she agrees to take the project and travels to Vermont with Jeremy.

After reaching the couple’s house, she saw the mute and paralyzed woman, Verity. While working, she stumbles upon the autobiography written by Verity. While reading the autobiography, Lowen figures out how disturbed Verity is.

The autobiography reveals when Verity learns that Jeremy is more fond of their children than her, she tries to abort her twin girls with a hanger.

As days pass, the intimacy between Lowen and Jeremy grows. Through the autobiography, Lowen learns that Verity intentionally kills Harper (Verity and Jeremy’s daughter) by drowning her in the lake due to her suspicions about Harper killing Chastin (the other twin daughter).

Back to the present, Lowen tries to finish the novels, but strange things keep happening in the house. She is suspicious of Verity faking her illness and faced incidents where she sees her moving around. She confronts Jeremy about her suspicions and forces him to read the autobiography.

The rest of the story reveals many unexpected secrets and how it leads to the death of the protagonist Verity. However, in the end, the story leaves all the readers confused with many questions only they can solve or not.

Verity is the story of a married couple and the tragic incidents of their lives. The protagonist Verity Crawford is a famous writer with an obsessive and sick-minded personality. Her husband, Jeremy Crawford, goes through a hard time while handling her secrets. With the entry of another protagonist, the real story starts to unfold, and secrets are revealed.

Through this story, Colleen Hoover has depicted that a normal-looking person can have such dark thoughts and how obsessiveness can lead to dangerous actions that can harm people.

CoHo readers felt excited, sad, and sometimes disgusted while reading this creepy and twisted thriller story. Verity is a gripping tale that elaborates on the dark side of a human. The mysterious ending left us questioning the facts of the whole story.

We as humans take action or make choices that can change our life. A single mistake can turn our lives upside down. Finding the truth is hard because everybody is a victim and has their own story to narrate.

Through this book, the author wanted to show us the dark psychology of the human mind. With the amazing twist, Colleen Hoover successfully gave us one of the best thriller stories of our time. A book that will give you chills!

Characters in the Novel Verity

Characters in Verity by Colleen Hoover

All the characters of this novel are written differently. The three main characters go through a revelation of the ugly truths of their lives. The list of the characters you will come across in this book are:

The popular author who met with an accident and became paralyzed and mute. A woman with obsessive behavior and a murderer of her own daughter. She is the wife of Jeremy Crawford and mother to her three children – Harper, Chastin, and Crew. Verity has a lot of secrets to reveal that lead to her own death.

Husband of Verity, who grieves the loss of his daughters. He is a loving husband and a great father. But his wife’s dirty doings lead him to lash out at her. After losing her twin daughters, Jeremy focuses on protecting his only son, Crew. Later, he assigns the unfinished book series of his wife to Lowen.

A 32 years old struggling writer who lives in New York City. Recently she lost her mother due to cancer. After getting the news of eviction from her apartment, she is offered the opportunity to ghostwrite an unfinished book series of Verity, a famous author. She leaves for Vermont to complete the series, and her curiosity toward Verity Crawford leads her to the revelation of some disturbing secrets.

Twin daughters of Jeremy and Verity. Both were never properly cared for by their mother. Harper dies by drowning, and Chastin due to a reaction to her peanut allergy.

Five-year-old son of Verity and Jeremy. The only surviving child of the couple. A quiet child who witnessed the death of her elder sister.

Famous Quotes from the Novel

You will find deep and meaningful quotes in this book that are hard to forget. Some of those memorable quotes are:

“I wasn’t heroic. I wasn’t simple. I was difficult. An emotionally challenging puzzle he wasn’t up for solving.” “I think the idea of me is better than the reality of me.”
“What you read will taste so bad at times, you’ll want to spit it out, but you’ll swallow these words and they will become part of you, part of your gut, and you will hurt because of them.”
“The world was her manuscript. No surface was safe.”
“I stretch truths where I see fit. I’m a writer.”
“I was good at spewing bullshit. It’s why I became a writer.”
 “The things lurking around inside the mind can be just as dangerous as tangible threats.”

Colleen Hoover is a versatile writer who plays with different genres, making readers happy with her talent. Her book Verity elaborates on the extremely dark side of the human mind.

This twisted novel captured the readers and is liked by many, shocking the author herself. Verity, a mysterious psychological thriller, gave us the hope that Colleen Hoover would release more amazing stories like this for us.

We hope this detailed Verity book review helped you to decide if you want to read it. We definitely recommend everyone to read this book.

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“Verity” by Colleen Hoover: A Gripping Psychological Thriller

Verity by Colleen Hoover

“Colleen Hoover’s ‘Verity’ is a psychological thriller that is both disturbing and captivating. The novel follows the story of Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer who is hired to complete the remaining books in a popular series after the original author, Verity Crawford, is left unable to finish them due to a car accident. As Lowen delves deeper into Verity’s notes and research, she discovers a dark and twisted world that challenges her perception of reality.

The novel explores several themes such as betrayal, mental illness, obsession, manipulation, and the power of storytelling. It also employs a variety of narrative techniques to build tension and create an atmosphere of suspense. ‘Verity’ has received critical acclaim for its gripping plot and well-drawn characters. However, it has also sparked controversy due to its graphic content and depictions of violence.

In this article, we will delve deeper into the world of ‘Verity’ by examining its themes, motifs, and narrative techniques. We will also explore the reception and criticism that the novel has received, as well as its potential impact and implications for the future of the psychological thriller genre. Ultimately, we hope to shed light on why ‘Verity’ is worth reading and discussing in greater detail.”

Verity book summary

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Verity tells the story of Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer who is hired to complete the bestselling book series of Verity Crawford, a well-known author who has been left unable to finish the series after a car accident. Lowen is introduced to the Crawford family, where she discovers a manuscript that Verity has written detailing her darkest thoughts and secrets. As Lowen reads through the manuscript, she realizes that there is more to Verity’s life than what she had previously thought.

The novel is set in an isolated mansion in the countryside of Vermont and explores the complicated relationships between Lowen, Jeremy Crawford, and Verity. Throughout the story, the reader is exposed to the different layers of secrets, lies, and manipulations that the characters keep hidden from each other. As the plot unfolds, the tension rises, and the reader is left wondering what will happen next.

Some key characters in the novel include:

  • Lowen Ashleigh: A struggling writer who is hired to complete the bestselling book series of Verity Crawford.
  • Verity Crawford: A well-known author who has been left unable to finish the series after a car accident.
  • Jeremy Crawford: Verity’s husband and a successful author himself.

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Verity is a novel that explores several complex themes and motifs. These include:

  • Betrayal: Betrayal is a central theme in Verity. Throughout the novel, the characters experience various forms of betrayal, including lies, deceit, and infidelity. The novel highlights the consequences of betrayal and how it can impact relationships.
  • Mental illness: Mental illness is another significant theme in Verity. The character of Verity suffers from severe mental illness, and the novel portrays the consequences of not seeking help for mental health issues. The book raises awareness about the importance of mental health care and treatment.
  • Obsession: Obsession is another key theme in Verity. The novel explores how obsession can lead to destructive behavior and how it can cloud one’s judgment. The character of Verity is obsessed with her husband Jeremy, and this obsession drives her to do unspeakable things.
  • Writing and storytelling: Writing and storytelling are essential motifs in Verity. The novel explores the power of storytelling and how it can be used to manipulate and deceive others. It also highlights the importance of writing as a means of expression and healing.
  • Manipulation: Manipulation is a pervasive theme in Verity. The novel explores how people can use manipulation to get what they want and how it can lead to disastrous consequences. It also examines the consequences of being manipulated and the impact it can have on one’s mental health.

In summary, Verity is a novel that explores complex themes and motifs that are relevant to our lives. Through its exploration of betrayal, mental illness, obsession, writing and storytelling, and manipulation, the novel provides a thought-provoking and engaging reading experience.

“Verity has received critical acclaim since its publication in 2018. Here are some examples of what critics and readers have had to say about the novel:

  • Suspenseful and Gripping: Many reviewers have praised Verity for its suspenseful and gripping plot. The novel’s complex characters and unpredictable twists keep readers engaged until the very end.
  • Disturbing Content: Verity has also received criticism for its graphic content and depictions of violence. Some readers have found the novel too disturbing to read and have criticized it for its use of graphic language and descriptions.
  • Compelling Characters: One of the strengths of Verity is its well-drawn characters. The novel’s protagonist, Lowen Ashleigh, is a relatable and sympathetic character, while Verity Crawford is a fascinating and complex antagonist.
  • Unpredictable Plot: Another strength of Verity is its unpredictable plot. The novel’s twists and turns keep readers guessing until the very end.

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Character Analysis

  • Lowen Ashleigh: As the protagonist of Verity, Lowen Ashleigh is a critical character to analyze. The novel follows her journey from struggling writer to uncovering the secrets of the Crawford family. We can analyze Lowen’s motivations, emotions, and character development throughout the novel.
  • Verity Crawford: Verity is a complex character with a traumatic past and severe mental illness. We can analyze her motivations and how her mental illness impacts her behavior.
  • Jeremy Crawford: Jeremy is a successful author and Verity’s husband. We can analyze his role in the novel and how he contributes to the plot.

Narrative Techniques

  • Use of Multiple Perspectives: Verity is written from the perspectives of both Lowen and Verity, which adds complexity to the plot and allows the reader to see different sides of the story.
  • Flashbacks and Memories: The novel incorporates flashbacks and memories to provide insight into the characters’ pasts and motivations.
  • Use of Imagery: Colleen Hoover uses vivid and descriptive imagery throughout the novel to create a suspenseful and engaging atmosphere.
  • The Manuscript: The manuscript that Lowen discovers is a significant symbol in the novel. It represents the power of storytelling and the consequences of keeping secrets.
  • The House: The isolated mansion in which the novel is set represents the characters’ isolation and emotional detachment.
  • The Bird: The bird that appears in the novel symbolizes freedom and the characters’ desire to escape their situations.

In summary, analyzing the characters, narrative techniques, and symbolism in Verity can provide a deeper understanding of the novel’s themes and plot. Through examining Lowen, Verity, and Jeremy’s motivations, the use of multiple perspectives and imagery, and the symbolism of the manuscript, house, and bird, readers can gain a more nuanced understanding of Colleen Hoover’s thriller.

SPOILER ALERT – If you haven’t read the book and don’t want to know the ending, please do not read any further.

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In a chilling confession, Jeremy reveals that he has been manipulating Verity and the events in the house for years. He admits to causing the death of their children and attempting to murder Verity in order to keep her silent. The reader is left with the unsettling feeling that nothing is as it seems and that the true horror of the Crawford household goes much deeper than they could have imagined.

The ending of “Verity” is a masterful twist that takes the reader by surprise. It is a testament to Colleen Hoover’s skill as a writer that she is able to create such a complex and suspenseful story with a twist ending that is both satisfying and unsettling. While some readers may find the ending disturbing or unsatisfying, it is a bold choice that cements “Verity” as a standout novel in the psychological thriller genre.

“Verity” by Colleen Hoover is a gripping psychological thriller novel that explores the themes of truth, betrayal, and the power of storytelling. The book combines elements of suspense, mystery, and psychological manipulation to create a dark and twisty story that keeps readers on edge.

The characters in “Verity” are well-developed, with complex motivations and psychological profiles that add depth to the story. The novel’s narrative techniques, such as the use of multiple perspectives and the incorporation of Verity’s manuscript, add to the sense of mystery and suspense.

Symbolism is also an important aspect of the novel, particularly in the use of the moth as a recurring motif that represents the characters’ obsession with death and destruction. The author’s use of vivid descriptions and sensory details further enhances the reader’s immersion in the story.

The ending of “Verity” is a shocking and unexpected twist that reveals the true villain behind the tragic events in the Crawford household. It is a bold choice that cements the novel’s status as a standout in the psychological thriller genre, but it may be disturbing or unsatisfying for some readers.

What is the book Verity about?

"Verity" by Colleen Hoover is a psychological thriller novel that follows the story of Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer who is hired to complete the remaining books in a popular series written by bestselling author Verity Crawford. Lowen travels to the Crawford household to go through Verity's notes and outlines for the series, and while searching through Verity's office, she discovers a manuscript that was never intended for anyone else to read.

As Lowen reads through the manuscript, she discovers horrifying secrets about the Crawford family and the true nature of Verity's character. The manuscript details a disturbing and twisted story about Verity and her husband Jeremy, and as Lowen becomes more entangled in the secrets of the Crawford household, she realizes that the lines between fiction and reality are blurred.

What type of book is Verity?

"Verity" by Colleen Hoover is a psychological thriller novel that combines elements of suspense, mystery, and psychological manipulation to create a dark and twisty story that keeps readers on edge. The book explores themes of truth, betrayal, and the power of storytelling in a way that is both gripping and thought-provoking.

What happens at the end of Verity?

In the final pages of "Verity," a shocking and unexpected twist is revealed that leaves readers reeling. Throughout the novel, the reader is led to believe that Verity Crawford is a cruel and manipulative character who is responsible for the tragic events that have occurred in the Crawford household. However, in the end, it is revealed that Verity's husband, Jeremy, is the true villain.

In a chilling confession, Jeremy admits to manipulating Verity and the events in the house for years. He admits to causing the death of their children and attempting to murder Verity to keep her silent. The reader is left with the unsettling feeling that nothing is as it seems, and the true horror of the Crawford household goes much deeper than they could have imagined.

The ending of "Verity" is a masterful twist that takes the reader by surprise. It is a bold choice that cements "Verity" as a standout novel in the psychological thriller genre. However, some readers may find the ending disturbing or unsatisfying.

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Verity by Colleen Hoover – Summary, Themes, and More

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In the realm of contemporary romance and psychological suspense, Colleen Hoover’s Verity stands out as a gripping masterpiece. This novel takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions and intrigue. In this comprehensive blog post, we will delve into the depths of “Verity” by Colleen Hoover, offering a detailed summary, an analysis of its key themes, and an exploration of its unforgettable characters. Whether you’ve read the book and want to relive its highlights or are considering picking it up for the first time, this guide will provide you with all the insights you need.

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Verity – A Synopsis

Let’s begin with a concise summary of Verity. In this section, we’ll explore the plot, characters, and key events while highlighting how the story unfolds.

Verity is a novel that blends romance, mystery, and psychological suspense in a unique and enthralling way. The story revolves around the protagonist, Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer who is offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete a successful author’s book series. The catch? The series is written by the reclusive and injured Verity Crawford, who can no longer write due to an accident.

Lowen accepts the job and moves to Verity’s sprawling estate to work on the manuscript. As she delves deeper into Verity’s work, she discovers an autobiographical manuscript that reveals dark and disturbing secrets about Verity’s life and her marriage to Jeremy Crawford. This shocking revelation sends Lowen on a path of intrigue and danger, as she grapples with her growing attraction to Jeremy and the horrifying truths she uncovers.

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Themes in Verity

Colleen Hoover masterfully weaves several themes throughout the narrative, enriching the reading experience. Here, we explore some of the prominent themes that make Verity a thought-provoking and emotionally charged novel.

  • Deception and Trust – The novel explores the blurred lines between truth and lies, trust and betrayal. Verity’s manuscript forces Lowen to question everything she thought she knew, creating an atmosphere of suspense and mistrust.
  • Obsession and Desire – The forbidden attraction between Lowen and Jeremy adds an element of obsession and desire to the story. The intensity of their connection becomes a central theme as they navigate their feelings amidst the chaos.
  • Moral Dilemmas – Verity raises ethical questions about whether it is right to uncover someone’s darkest secrets, even if it’s for the sake of truth. Lowen’s internal struggles reflect the moral dilemmas at the heart of the story.
  • Identity and Self-Discovery – The characters in Verity undergo significant transformations as they confront their true selves and grapple with their pasts. Self-discovery is a theme that resonates throughout the novel.

Character Analysis

We take a closer look at the main characters of Verity” and delve into their motivations, complexities, and how they drive the narrative.

  • Lowen Ashleigh – Lowen is the novel’s protagonist and an aspiring writer. Her compassionate and empathetic nature draws her into Verity’s world, and her struggles to reconcile her attraction to Jeremy with her moral principles add depth to her character.
  • Verity Crawford – Although Verity is physically absent for most of the novel, her presence looms large. She is a complex character with a dark past, and her manuscript reveals shocking truths about her actions and desires.
  • Jeremy Crawford – As Verity’s husband, Jeremy is caught in a web of secrets and conflicting emotions. His evolving relationship with Lowen forms a significant part of the story’s emotional core.

The Writing Style and Narrative Technique

Colleen Hoover’s writing style is a key element that contributes to the success of Verity. In this section, we explore how the author’s narrative technique enhances the storytelling.

  • First-Person Perspective – The novel is primarily told from Lowen’s first-person perspective, allowing readers to connect intimately with her thoughts and emotions. This choice of narrative style creates a sense of immediacy and tension.
  • Dual Timelines – Colleen Hoover skillfully employs dual timelines to unravel the story, interweaving past and present events. This technique keeps readers engaged and heightens the mystery surrounding Verity’s life.

The Impact and Reception

Verity by Colleen Hoover has garnered a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim. In this section, we explore the impact of the novel and its reception by readers and reviewers.

  • Commercial Success – Verity has achieved commercial success, becoming a bestseller and solidifying Colleen Hoover’s reputation as a prolific author. Its blend of romance and suspense has resonated with a wide audience.
  • Reader Reactions – Readers have praised the novel for its gripping plot, well-drawn characters, and emotional depth. The shocking twists and turns in the story have left many readers on the edge of their seats.

Film Adaptation

Verity has also been optioned for a film adaptation, generating excitement among fans. In this section, we discuss the prospects of bringing this captivating story to the big screen.

  • Casting Speculations – Fans have speculated about the ideal cast for the film adaptation, debating who could portray the complex characters of Lowen, Verity, and Jeremy convincingly.
  • Anticipation and Expectations – The film adaptation has generated high expectations, with fans hoping that it will stay true to the intense and suspenseful atmosphere of the novel.

Final chapter, we wrap up our exploration of Verity by Colleen Hoover. We reflect on the enduring appeal of the novel and its ability to captivate readers with its suspenseful plot, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes.

Verity is a book that lingers in the reader’s mind long after the final page is turned. Its ability to blend romance and psychological suspense is a testament to Colleen Hoover’s storytelling prowess. Whether you’re a fan of the novel or discovering it for the first time, “Verity” is an unforgettable literary journey into the depths of human emotions and the dark secrets that lie beneath the surface.

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[2023] Verity Book Summary: A Thrilling Rollercoaster Ride

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Welcome to Book Summary Review™, your go-to source for comprehensive summaries and reviews of popular books. In this article, we dive into the thrilling world of “Verity” by Colleen Hoover. Strap in, because this book will take you on a wild ride of suspense, romance, and dark secrets. So, let’s get started with our Verity book summary!

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“Verity” by Colleen Hoover is a thrilling rollercoaster ride that combines elements of romance, mystery, and suspense. The story follows Lowen Ashleigh, a writer who is given the opportunity to complete a bestselling book series after the original author, Verity Crawford, becomes unable to do so. As Lowen delves into Verity’s notes, she uncovers dark secrets that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Bold : “Verity” is a thrilling rollercoaster ride that combines romance, mystery, and suspense. Lowen Ashleigh, a writer, is given the opportunity to complete a bestselling book series after the original author, Verity Crawford, becomes unable to do so. As Lowen delves into Verity’s notes, she uncovers dark secrets that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Genre: Thriller, Romance
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2018
  • Page Count: 333 pages
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.34/5.00

In “Verity,” Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer, is given the opportunity of a lifetime when she is asked to complete a bestselling book series on behalf of the original author, Verity Crawford. Verity, a renowned author, is unable to continue writing due to a medical condition.

To familiarize herself with the series, Lowen moves into the Crawford house and begins going through Verity’s notes. However, as she delves deeper into Verity’s work, she discovers a hidden manuscript that reveals dark and disturbing secrets about Verity’s life.

As Lowen becomes more entangled in Verity’s world, she finds herself developing feelings for Jeremy, Verity’s husband. Together, they navigate the treacherous waters of Verity’s past, uncovering shocking revelations that will leave readers breathless.

Bold : Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer, is given the opportunity of a lifetime when she is asked to complete a bestselling book series on behalf of the original author, Verity Crawford. To familiarize herself with the series, Lowen moves into the Crawford house and begins going through Verity’s notes. However, as she delves deeper into Verity’s work, she discovers a hidden manuscript that reveals dark and disturbing secrets about Verity’s life. As Lowen becomes more entangled in Verity’s world, she finds herself developing feelings for Jeremy, Verity’s husband. Together, they navigate the treacherous waters of Verity’s past, uncovering shocking revelations that will leave readers breathless.

“Verity” has received widespread acclaim for its gripping plot, well-developed characters, and the seamless blending of romance and suspense. Colleen Hoover’s writing style keeps readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly turning the pages to uncover the next twist.

The book’s strength lies in its ability to keep readers guessing. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Hoover throws in another curveball that will leave you questioning everything. The dark and disturbing secrets revealed in Verity’s manuscript add an extra layer of intrigue to the story.

However, some readers have criticized the ending, finding it somewhat implausible and relying on contrived character actions. While the majority of the book is filled with suspense and tension, the ending may not satisfy everyone.

Overall, “Verity” is a thrilling and addictive read that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. If you enjoy mystery-thriller romance novels with a creepy and suspenseful atmosphere, this book is definitely worth picking up.

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Does Verity have inappropriate content?

Bold : No, “Verity” does not shy away from exploring dark and graphic content, particularly in terms of sex scenes. Readers should be aware that the book contains explicit and mature content.

What is the lesson in Verity?

Bold : “Verity” explores themes of betrayal, manipulation, and the consequences of keeping secrets. It serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of hiding the truth and the power of facing one’s past.

What is the meaning of the Verity book cover?

Bold : The book cover of “Verity” features a close-up of a woman’s face, partially obscured by a red filter. The cover represents the mysterious and enigmatic nature of Verity Crawford, the original author, and the secrets she holds.

“Verity” by Colleen Hoover is a thrilling rollercoaster ride that combines elements of romance, mystery, and suspense. With its gripping plot, well-developed characters, and dark secrets, this book is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. While the ending may not satisfy everyone, the overall reading experience is highly enjoyable. We highly recommend “Verity” to fans of mystery-thriller romance novels.

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  • Potential roles could include playing Verity in a Verity adaptation, a vampire in a Twilight reboot, or a Disney princess in Penelope .
  • Swift could excel in voice acting roles such as Sychorax in The Wizards of Once or a cameo in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue .

Die-hard Swifties will always be eager to see Taylor Swift star (or cameo) in movie and TV show adaptations of their favorite novels . Swift's music demonstrates literary influence, and the album title Tortured Poets Department is enough to suggest that she is invested in more than one book and poetry collection. Additionally, with the aesthetics of her music videos and eras ranging from country glam to fairycore to period drama to modern bling, there are a variety of movie and TV show genres it is easy to imagine Swift stepping into.

Swift has some past acting experience, namely from the movies The Giver , The Lorax , and Amsterdam . However, the acting she does in her videos should not be undervalued. She has also contributed to the soundtracks of many movies during her career. Overall, she is suited for many different roles in book adaptations that are confirmed or only hoped for — and is always welcome to write an original song for the soundtrack.

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10 verity by colleen hoover, a movie adaptation of verity could be the swift/lively collaboration we need..

If the It Ends with Us movie adaptation starring Blake Lively is a success, more Colleen Hoover adaptations could be on the horizon...possibly once again involving Lively. Hoover's novel Verity arguably should have been adapted first , because it is not as controversial as It Ends with Us . Verity is about struggling writer Lowen Ashleigh who is hired by Jeremy Crawford to complete his wife Verity's novel series, due to Verity being injured. When Lowen stumbles across Verity's autobiography, she finds out more about the Crawfords than she ever wanted to know.

Lively, as the more experienced actress, is better suited to the lead role of Lowen. However, Swift could play the mysterious, less-seen figure of Verity. It is not beyond Swift to play intense roles: Her music video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" or Eras Tour performance of "Vigilante S**t" are proof. Moreover, fans would be ecstatic to see the real-life friends on screen together.

9 The Twilight Saga By Stephenie Meyer

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The Vampire Diaries co-creator Kevin Williams was on to something when he said he was "desperate to have [Swift] come play a vampire," while the character Lexi was inspired by her (via E! News ). With a Twilight TV show reboot in development, he could get his wish. The characters who are blonde in the books and movies include Rosalie and the Denali sisters. While the long-term role of Rosalie might not work with Swift's concert schedule , the "cousins" are arguably more fun to play. Her options are the family black sheep Irina, sassy Tanya, or literally electrifying Kate.

8 Penelope (The Princess And The Pea By Hans Christian Andersen)

Swift could return to voice acting as a new disney princess..

The book cover of The Princess and the Pea

Disney is reportedly developing a musical comedy adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Princess and the Pea , under the title Penelope (via Deadline ). The movie's title sets the stage for another movie like Frozen or Wish , loosely adapted from a fairy tale and focusing on a headstrong heroine. Swift has voice acting experience from The Lorax and can obviously handle the singing part of this movie. All she has to do is embrace her inner princess from the "Love Story" and "Enchanted" sets.

7 The Chronicles Of Narnia By C. S. Lewis

Narnia could be gerwig and swift's first collaboration..

Tilda Swinton as The White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia

In this case, the big question is, "Could Taylor Swift play the White Witch?" Probably not, as Greta Gerwig is likely to choose from other more experienced movie stars when casting the White Witch . However, The Chronicles of Narnia is a book-to-movie adaptation in which Swift could cameo, as one of the animals or nymphs. If it is the latter, there is possibly a way to work her singing into the movie itself. Of course, she could always do a music video wearing a Snow Queen-like dress as part of the movie's promotion, or build on what she did for the "Willow" video.

6 Excellent Women By Barbara Pym

Swift is able to channel a mysterious and.

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An under-the-radar classic, Excellent Women follows Mildred Lathbury, a thirty-something-year-old "spinster" in 1950s Britain. Mildred is witty and caring, and the story depicts her being drawn into the lives of her new, eccentric neighbors. Here Swift could draw upon one of her major acting experiences, playing Liz Meekins in Amsterdam . In this movie, Swift demonstrates her potential as a dramatic actress while maintaining a sense of her real-life persona, which fans will always want to see. Additionally, if the dismissive "Gorgeous" lyric "Guess I'll just stumble on home to my cats" doesn't sound like this movie, nothing does.

5 Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

Swift could play a supporting role in the acotar and throne of glass universe..

Several of the book covers from the Throne of Glass series.

The Throne of Glass TV show — if it ever happens — will include an expansive cast from the eight-book series. While casting Throne of Glass , the producers might consider Swift for the roles of Mala, the sun goddess, or Elena, an ancient queen. Both are minimal roles that appear in the protagonist Aelin's visions and dreams. Swift could bring an ethereal quality to either woman, who serve as mentors to the heroine. The casting makes more sense because Swift embodies a kind of wise mentor figure when she talks about the meanings of her songs during her concerts.

Upcoming fantasy book adaptations

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4 the wizards of once by cressida cowell, swift would excel at voicing a witch..

Hiccup, Toothless and other dragons flying through the sky in How to Train Your Dragon

Cressida Cowell's books might be making a comeback in the animation world at the same time the live-action How to Train Your Dragon takes off. While the main characters of The Wizards of Once are children and will probably be cast with age-appropriate voice actors, Swift could play a supporting role. She could add a new character to her acting resume by playing the evil queen-like figure Sychorax, or she could make a cameo as one of the various anthropomorphic characters. It would be fun to see Swift in a whimsical setting again, along the same lines as The Lorax .

3 The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue By V. E. Schwab

A cameo from swift could elevate the movie adaptation of schwab's award-winning novel..

Danielle Rose Russell as Hope in Legacies

Augustine Frizzell is set to direct and co-write the movie adaptation of renowned fantasy author V. E. Schwab's The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (via Variety ). The book follows a young woman who makes a bargain to live forever but is cursed to be forgotten by anyone who meets her. While Swift might be too old for the lead role, she could play a cameo role and write a pop song for the soundtrack.

Danielle Rose Russell is a popular fan cast for many upcoming fantasy adaptations and would be amazing as Addie. However, Swift could play a friend of the main characters or a one-off character whom Addie meets over the years. This way, Swift could still bring her own sense of fantasy and romance to Addie LaRue's story.

V. E. Schwab initially planned to write the screenplay of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue herself but has since stepped away from the project.

2 Beach Read By Emily Henry

The next rom-com adaptation could feature swift..

Beach Read cover cropped

It was announced in 2023 that a movie adaptation of Emily Henry's popular romance novel Beach Read is in the works (via Deadline ). Two novelists dealing with writer's block run into each other again by chance, and agree to trade genres as a writing exercise for the summer. Swift would be a bold casting choice for the female lead January.

However, she plays someone falling in love in half of her music videos and could put her own spin on the role. Additionally, January's character arc is affected by the recent passing of her father. While Swift's Amsterdam role of a young woman investigating her father's murder is very different, it would be interesting to see how she would draw upon this experience for Beach Read .

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13 Incredible Romance Books That Still Need Movies

1 an offer from a gentleman by julia quinn, there are several connections between swift and the next bridgerton love interest..

Several of Swift's videos have period settings, "Bejeweled" features a Cinderella-style plot, and she is already associated with Bridgerton due to the orchestral cover of "Wildest Dreams" in season 1. All things considered, it would be destiny if Swift were to play Sophie, Benedict Bridgerton's future Cinderella-inspired love interest. Bridgerton season 4 is seemingly going to be about Benedict , therefore an adaptation of his book An Offer from a Gentleman .

Everything Swift writes and sings is very romantic, which is essentially the pitch of Bridgerton . Additionally, of the Bridgerton family , Benedict is the one who enjoys poetry and art. Swift could very naturally play someone who would fall in love with him. However, Sophie is just one role Swift could play in future book adaptations in movies and TV.

Source: E! News , Deadline , Variety


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