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Verity

Written by: Colleen Hoover
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A number-one best seller in several categories with over 14,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads. 

From the number-one New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Colleen Hoover comes "A stand-alone romantic thriller that is tragic, creepy, and brilliant!" (Mel Reader Reviews

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 best-selling 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 the night their family was forever altered. 

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. 

Sexy. Twisted. Consuming. 

Due to graphic scenes and mature content, this book is recommended for listeners 18+.

©2018 Colleen Hoover (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Amazing

Awesome narration. It was my first audio book and I loved it. Colleen Hoover is one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-19

Almost a 5 Star book, but sadly not

This is a hard one to rate. I loved the whole book up, and didn’t want to stop listening. If you would have asked me to rate it anytime before the last hour I would have given it 5 ⭐️. However, I was very unsatisfied with the ending. Like really? It could have been great, instead it was like, huh? Ok. I call bs but ok. And I’m sure that was the authors intention, but I didn’t care for that approach. When the story has you drawn in from the beginning you expect to be wowed by the ending. Instead it got a shrug. I guess if you don’t normally listen to suspense you’ll probably be satisfied with it, but being that I like dark and suspenseful I was left wanting. I would still recommend the book however as I said it did keep my attention which is hard. Just don’t get your hopes too high for some huge BELIEVABLE plot twist. I liked the first narrator. I don’t care for the narrator of Verity, but she was a lot less annoying in this one than some of her others. She was tolerable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-19

intriguing but skip if triggered by child abuse

I really liked this book and it is only my 2nd from this author. It seemed predictable at times and other times made me want to throw up from the child abuse. I did not see the end coming which puts a different perspective on the whole story but it was hard to keep going during some of the parts because I just can't take stories with children being harmed in them. I'm glad I did stick it out and the narrator's were fantastic but I will not be reading this again. I recommend this book to thrill junkies but not to anyone who is sensitive to child violent situations, either emotionally or physically.

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  • Jeannie Babcock
  • 08-08-19

what did I just read?

Just poor writing. I wanted to love it. I had to read it full through to see what the hype was, but damn. Just a weird, sick, poorly written mess.

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  • Ann
  • 17-08-19

Other reviews totally oversold it!

is Audible paying reviewers now? Who are you people and why did you love this book???

I wasn’t awed. I wasn’t surprised. There were no surprising plot twists. Lastly, I am certainly NOT going to spend any time thinking about this book now that I’ve finished listening to it.

It’s nice everyone else found it riveting. I found it pedestrian, if not downright predictable.

A dissatisfy bummer of an audio book.

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  • Bee
  • 11-10-19

Why all the Raves ?

This was baaaad ..... I don’t understand the Glowing reviews ? Could have been interesting until the main character enters a restroom with a strange man and takes her bloody blouse off in front of him ? Yeah , Nope.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-19

I woulda left

a little dirty and little like “DAMN WHAT?!” but overall a good thriller with a good (predictable???) twist. get ya ears ready for some cringe worthy imagery!!

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  • Rowena1999
  • 09-08-19

Okay - lost me at the end

I was both thrilled and horrified by the majority of the book and would have rated it higher for the extreme villain character and storyline, but the author lost me with the ending.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 07-05-19

4 Stars but I wish It wasn't 6 months late

I need to start by saying that authors who release audiobooks 6 months after the eBook are doing a huge disservice to the audiobook fans. With 6 months of waiting and all the hype about how crazy this book was I had VERY high expectation and I'll be honest I was left underwhelmed. If I had listened when it released and hadn't had 6 months of hype, I know I would have LOVED this book. I truly hope since this author is going completely Indie now that she will do some research on how all the other hundreds of Indie Author do simultaneous releases so us Audiobook people aren't missing out on the excitement and twists that she loves to give us in her amazing work.

Now Verity.... I really enjoyed the writing style of this story. Loved that it was dual POV so we got both "sides" of the story and I loved the characters, Colleen did an amazing job at making me hate Verity. I've listened to everything written by Coho and I love that she is dipping into other Genres. Throughout this entire book I was waiting for the twist, I knew what I thought and I was 1/2 right but the explanation was the surprise for me.

The narration was good. Vanessa Johansson is new to me and at first I wasn't sure out her voice but she was perfect for Lowen. Amy Landon isn't a favorite of mine normally but I think it's more about casting then her work and she was cast perfectly as Verity!

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  • Claudia Boyer
  • 26-09-19

disappointed listener

Ridiculous story. Way overboard with the salacious sex. Was a waste of time . Started out promising but had a disappointing ending.

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  • Stephanie P
  • 09-05-19

Download Now!

This was absolutely impossible to press pause on. It drew me in right from the first minute until the last second. This is my first book by this author, but I am definitely looking into more soon.

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  • Julia
  • 14-05-19

Not for me

I don't read psychological thrillers very often but I was intrigued by the set up of this novel. The narrators were good and the story is fast paced and absorbing. The book has an interesting structure (book within a book) and some of the twists were interesting but the plot was too predictable. I also found the characters shallow and unlikeable. Their actions were not believeable in the least.

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  • MR
  • 17-05-19

Don't believe the hype.

Not sure how this received so many 5 star reviews. I found the plot completely implausible and the characters deeply unlikeable. I had figured out the twists well ahead of their reveals. I persevered through this book on the strength of the reviews but wish I hadn't. I found the mills and boon sex scenes far too frequent and unnecessary also. Returned for a refund.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-05-19

O.M.G<br />

wow,what a book, colleen has you hooked from the first few sentences,the characters, the tragedy, the twists & turns that make you think you know how its going to end,until the very last page.beware this book is cruel and nothing is what it seems.
you'll cry,laugh and then question how.
but read it,it's a truly good listen/read.

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  • Olivia
  • 01-04-20

So many twists and turns full of raw emotion!

Still reeling from the end! So many twist and turns especially at the end, leaving me shocked over the raw revelations. overall I’m still trying to digest the last few chapters that complete the story , it’s chilling with gut wrenching moments yet there are heartwarming moments of pure emotion. There’s no clear villains or heroines but characters weighted with their own life choices , interpretations and morales. It’s a book I couldn’t put down or stop listening to so to speak (audible) it got me hooked like a good book should! :)

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  • clarebear
  • 07-03-20

wow !!

I'm not going to elaborate on this book too much, as I dont want to spoil it for the reader.
However, what I will say is ... Holy shit ! this is so not the normal Coleen Hoover story ..
its creepy, and chilling and the twists are brilliant!!
You should probably go into this blind and not read spoilers for maximum effect.
Absolutely brilliant story and superb narrative.

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  • Stacey G
  • 07-01-20

A-MA-ZING

I have a confession to make. This is my first read by CoHo. BUUUUUT I know this isn't like her usual books - however this had been recommended as a top read of the year and it sounded like my kinda thing, so there we are.

I was hooked from the off - just the way it began had me immediately wanting more and I didn't want to stop reading. As I listened to the audiobook I would find myself driving slower, and going on longer walks, just to get more!

I really had a feel for all of the characters - the development of these was great and my questions about them weren't left unanswered. I didn't know whether I wanted to love or hate Verity; I thought there was something fishy about Jeremy, because he just seemed too nice; and I was on the fence about Lowen.

Every time I thought I had the story figured out, Hoover just chucked another twist in, and boom, a lot of "Noooo waaaay" was being said. I definitely didn't foresee the ending.

There were some scenes that could be quite harrowing for some, but apart from a few "woah's" they didn't bother me being in the book, as they were pretty much integral to the overall story and Hoover wrote them so well.

The composition of the story - a book within a book, of sorts - was something I've never read before but I loved the idea.

This is one of those books I wish I could read for the first time all over again.

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Both narrators were amazing - Lowen's narration was so animated and Verity's was mesmerising. They were both perfect for each character and really brought the story to life.

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  • Helly
  • 16-07-19

most excellent

Really loved this book. Finished it over a couple of days. Interesting, gripping and even funny sometimes. Well narrated.

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  • orange kiwi
  • 29-05-19

Great read, fantastic storyline, page turner!

I loved this book because it just went all over the place. At a certain stage you guess what is happening but then it turns and twists again. The location, that big house near a lake, is also fantastic and you couldn't have chosen a better beginning... or ending. Highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-19

gripping!

this book had me hooked from the first sentence. it's fast pace and psychological twists and turns, made me devour the entirety in only a few days.

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  • Queendalyn Fonyi
  • 06-09-19

3.5 stars

Great read till the end. The plot twist ruined it for me and distorted my feelings for the characters. However, great read

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  • jody
  • 16-06-19

Great book

I couldn't stop listening to this story. So many twists. Great book I loved it!

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  • SamK
  • 27-05-19

Speechless!!

Wow!!!!! This was creepy and disturbing!!! I got goosebumps and chills listening to this book!

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  • Trudi
  • 06-12-19

Horrible unnecessary book

Writing things just to shock is taking your audience on uncomfortable journey for no reason. I guessed the plot in 2 minutes.

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-12-19

This book just didn't cut it for me

I found this book very underwhelming really. Story line wasn't great and some of the narration was irritating.

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  • Patris
  • 21-11-19

B Grade

This book should have been categorised as erotica/thriller not romance/thriller. Over the top sex scenes with a B Grade storyline. Narration was good and there were some good parts to the book. But overall, it was kind of just smut mixed with a bit mystery.

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  • Sav
  • 10-03-20

Ew

This story made me feel gross. The female characters in this book were catty, hateful and overall they just emitted bad energy. The plot twist at the end did not change my view of the particular character, the damage had been done. After reading it I felt anxious and deflated. The narrator's voices were also hard to listen to after a while, particularly the voice of Verity. I recommend this book for anyone that likes this kind of twisted and malicious story, but do not read this if you're after a 'feel good' story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-19

Life is too short

Boring, boring. boring. I tried hard to persist but as well as a slow dreary over described storyline I found the narration very grating

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  • Gail
  • 26-12-19

Loved it

Colleen Hoover knows how to draw you in.
Verity, I didn’t want to put it down. It really had me thinking. Loved it. Even the end had me wondering.
The narrator did a wonderful job giving each character their own distinct voices.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher free of charge for a honest, unbiased review.

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  • Faizah Ali
  • 17-12-19

Please give me a moment. Perhaps a day. Or a week.

I'll be honest, I hadn't read a psychological thriller before. But I completed listening to this in just over a day. So enthralling. Having two different narrators for Verity and Lowen's perspectives amplified the experience, the difference between the two embodied the characters they were representing. Loved it!

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  • Kellie Stares
  • 14-12-19

Frightening, twisted and sexy

This book was awesome, hard to put down, twists at unexpected moments, and had me on the edge of my seat.