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Verity
by Colleen Hoover

Published: 2018-12-10
Paperback : 331 pages
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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin. When Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, asks Lowen to complete the remaining books in a contract his permanently injured wife is unable to fulfill, Lowen has no choice but to accept. Lowen arrives at ...
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Introduction

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin. When Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, asks Lowen to complete the remaining books in a contract his permanently injured wife is unable to fulfill, Lowen has no choice but to accept. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home with the intention of only staying one or two nights—long enough to sort through Verity’s chaotic home office to collect all the notes and outlines she’ll need to start writing the first novel. But the more time Lowen spends with Jeremy Crawford, the less of a hurry she is in to leave. While there, Lowen uncovers a hidden manuscript. An autobiography containing chilling admissions Verity planned to take to her grave, including the truth behind the events that turned their lives upside down. A truth that, if revealed to Jeremy, would further devastate the already grieving father. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript a secret, allowing Jeremy to continue to believe Verity is merely an innocent, unfortunate victim of circumstance. But as Lowen’s feelings for the devoted father and husband deepen, she wonders if keeping Jeremy in the dark is in her own best interest. After all, if Jeremy were to read his wife’s autobiography, the disturbing truth would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. A chilling romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.

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Discussion Questions

The novel begins with a sudden death, which Lowen witnesses as a bystander. Why do you think the author chose to open the novel in this way? What did the scene foreshadow, in terms of the fragility of life, and how did the man’s demise contrast with the prolonged, in-between state Verity found herself in as a character?

Lowen enjoys living in New York because, in the vastness of the city, she feels invisible: “The state of my life is irrelevant in a place this size. There are far more people here with stories much more pitiful than mine.” Did you find yourself relating to Lowen in this moment? Or were you surprised by the frankness with which she compared her circumstances to others’? Did you agree with Lowen when she said that people who have experienced great hardship often seek -out individuals who are “worse off,” to make themselves feel better?

Lowen feels an immediate kinship with Jeremy when he helps her on the street: “Most people come to New York to be discovered. The rest of us come to hide.” What ran through your mind when you read this? Did you think, in this moment, that Jeremy had something to hide? What, ultimately, was Jeremy’s biggest secret?

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by agilgreco (see profile) 09/09/22

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 08/11/22

Verity is definitely one of those read-in-one-sitting kind of books. It’s a thrilling story hooks you from the start, and keeps you guessing at what sinister secrets will be uncovered next.

 
by ckleinwolterink (see profile) 07/25/22

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