12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part V

Since this month’s favorite has already been reviewed on this website, I picked one from the previous month because it had a lot of 5-starred ones.

Verity, by Colleen Hoover

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.

Colleen Hoover’s books get better and better with each new release. This one is so creepy, freaky, insane, disturbing…to say the least…that some parts are barely bearable to read. Hoover reaches an impressive level of evilness with this character Verity—and yet again it’s my new favorite novel of hers, so much more original than her previous ones. Unless you’re extra-sensitive and need to take breaks with long calming breaths, there’s no way you’ll be able to put this book down, no way you’ll not want to know WHAT THE HELL HAPPENS NEXT, and no way you’ll ever guess! As a mother, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book as terrifying as this one.

My 5-starred books:

Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald, by J.K. Rowling
One Summer in Santorini, by Sandy Barker (released 2019 & favorite read)