Book Reviews

Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover

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Without giving away too much of the plot, it’s about struggling writer Lowen Ashleigh who receives a once in a lifetime writing opportunity that will get her out of her financial mess.

The job will require her to co-write and finish the remaining books in the bestselling and critically acclaimed series of Verity Crawford.

A task that Verity can no longer accomplish because of the injuries that she sustained from her recent car accident.

Lowen is not too keen at first. But because of her unexpected affinity with Jeremy, Verity’s husband, she finds herself saying yes.

To be able to write the three remaining books in a span of 24 months, Lowen must sort through years and years of Verity’s notes and get familiar with her style of writing.

All while trying to fight the powerful attraction that she has for Jeremy, devoted father and married man.

All while fighting a moral battle whether she should tell him about Verity’s autobiography manuscript or not, because it’s so horrifying that he will never look at his wife the same way again.

This book is twisted, dark, and disturbing. It’s a total mind f*ck. Therefore, I loved it.

I loved the feeling of unease, dread, and shock that Colleen Hoover has powerfully created here. I’m not a fan of her romance novels, but this first foray to suspense thrillers is definitely an achievement. I was hooked from the get-go, and I could not believe that shocking ending. Holy hell.

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Book Review: The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

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When rich and successful TV producer Laura Cavendish met her son’s girlfriend Cherry, she thought she was beautiful but a bit shy.

She also thought that her son Daniel was in over his head because things were moving a little too fast with Cherry. He only just met her, but he was already paying for her shopping trips and overseas vacations to France.

Despite her desire to really like her son’s girlfriend, Laura can’t help but feel that Cherry is only with Daniel because of his wealth and his prestigious job as a doctor.

When she discovers that Cherry is not being completely honest about who she is, her mother’s instincts instantly kick in. Daniel means the world to her, and she will do everything to protect him from gold-digging opportunists.

Even if her son thinks Cherry is the best thing that ever happened to him.

And even if it means coming up with a cruel and unthinkable lie.

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I have to admit that I almost did not finish this book. The first few chapters were really slow and uninteresting. But then it suddenly kind of picked up speed and did not slow down its pace until the end.

It’s clever and chilling with lots of juicy and compulsive scenes. But I was underwhelmed with the ending because it felt rushed, too easy, and too convenient.

Still, if you like dark and twisty tales, The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is something you will enjoy. It’s a very entertaining read. Just be ready to control your urge to slap when the mother and the girlfriend start getting emotionally needy and stupid.

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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“Money is vitally important to you. It appears to be an underpinning of your ethical code. When money and morality intersect, the results can illuminate intriguing truths about human character. People are motivated to break their moral compasses for a variety of primal reasons — survival, hate, love, envy, passion. And money.”

When freelance makeup artist Jessica Farris learns about a study that a well-respected psychologist is conducting that pays $500 to participants just to answer a few ethics and morality questions, she knows she has to get the gig.

Even if it means telling a small lie.

After all, that money can pay her next month’s rent and her sister’s therapy sessions.

What she thinks is a one-time thing turns into recurring sessions with beautiful, compassionate, elegant, and elusive Dr. Shields. The money just keeps coming, but more and more are expected of her, too.

The more Jessica is immersed in Dr. Shields’s “study,” the more lost and out of control everything feels.

Is it really just ethics and morality that the doctor wants to explore, or is there a deeper and more personal reason behind all of it?

What a page-turner this book is! It’s not as intense and twisty as The Wife Between Us, but it will keep you reading until you’ve gotten all the answers to your burning questions.

It will also make you think how you would answer the same questions and whether you would make the same decisions.

The main character, Jessica, may be flawed and weak at times. But what I love about her is that she thinks and feels and cares and simply does not allow shitty things to happen to her just like that.

In short, her thoughts and actions did not make me roll my eyes, scream into a pillow, and throw the book across the room.

Suspenseful, intriguing, and deliciously wicked. I give this book four glowing stars!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5

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