Read Dates: November 7, 2022 – November 8, 2022
Publication Date: October 5, 2021
Source: Owned paperback
FIRST OF ALL, this book should come with a whole slew of trigger warnings. So let me clear that up first.
Trigger Warnings: Graphic infant/child abuse, child death, abortion, violence, gore, murder.
Creepy atmosphere? Check.
Deeply disturbing? CHECK CHECK.
From the very beginning, this book sets the tone. Lowen meets Jeremy when they both witness a man in a crosswalk get violently killed by a truck. So, yea. It starts off with a bang and it sure ends with one too.
Lowen takes a job working for Jeremy. Jeremy enlists her help in finishing his wife, Verity’s, book series that she was unable to finish after having a bad car accident that rendered her unable to walk or speak. Lowen is staying in Jeremy and Verity’s home so she can sort through previous books Verity has written and also to sort through some of her notes and such so she can get started on making sure the remainder of the series will have the same feel as the rest of Verity’s books. Only, Lowen stumbles upon a lot more than just the notes and fictional writings of this woman. She learns things that make it harder and harder for her to live in the house with Verity. So much so that she eventually has to ask for a lock on her bedroom door. *eyebrow wiggle*
This book just gave me the creeps but I LOVED IT. I low-key couldn’t sleep after finishing this book late one night. Everything was so vivid and so fresh in my mind.
I was warned away from this one by a couple of my mom friends. They clued me in on the graphic child abuse I would find should I decide to read it. I read it anyway. I’m not sorry. This book was incredible. It’s been a long time since a book has been able to creep me out the way this one did. I found myself afraid of a fictional character in a BOOK. I couldn’t even see this person. But that’s the thing. The way CoHo writes puts you there. You’re IN that house with those characters and you can FEEL what they feel and there were multiple times I found myself rubbing the chills out of my arms.
What a book. Just wow. The way the whole story just comes full circle by the end. The creepy little tidbits here and there had me sick to my stomach because of how freaked out I was. This was just such a great book and such a nice change from my typical thrillers. I enjoyed this one so so much and I can tell you with 100% certainty that this one will stick with me for a long time to come.
If you like having that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, if you like a good creepy story with creepy little elements that have you jolting awake at night, if you like that sense of DREAD… read Verity.
This book was a rollercoaster I would ride again and again.
I’m not including any quotes from the book as everything I marked has some sort of shock value when you read it the first time and I don’t want to take that from you if you haven’t read it. ✌💛
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