Review: Verity – Colleen Hoover

Verity

Colleen Hoover

Sphere

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9781408726600

RRP $32.99

Description:

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.

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.

My View:

Unsettling.

Incredible.

Unreliable narration.

So many surprises.

Shocking.

Psychological suspense.

Twisty.

Domestic Noir with many twists.

READ IT.

Post Script: Irène – Pierre Lemaitre

Bold, bloody and devastating.

Irène

Pierre Lemaitre

Quercus Books

MacLehose Press

ISBN: 9780857052889

 

 

Description:

For Commandant Verhœven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irène.

 

But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. Worse still, the press seem to have it in for him – his every move is headline news. When he discovers that the killer has killed before – that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel – the fourth estate are quick to coin a nickname . . . The Novelist . . .

 

With both men in the public eye, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner – whoever has the least to lose . . .

 

My View:

 

My first thoughts are that this book is bloody and dark and twisted beyond my general tolerance for such things. The horror, torture, brutality and the vivid depiction of the savage crimes against women left me stunned and shattered my dreams. I woke with a bad taste in my mouth.

 

However with reflection and distance I can see the book is very well written and translated, the only problem here  that this, the first book in the series was translated and released second to the memorable Alex, Alex is outstanding. Which also meant that the reader already had some idea of the outcome for the book before they started reading Irene. As I have read a considerable number of books since reading Alex this was not too much of a problem for me.

 

Back to the merits of the book; great character development, a rich and twisted plot, a narrative that pays homage to other esteemed books of crime fiction including but not limited to American Psycho and the Black Dahlia. This referencing adds another layer to the narrative and is cleverly executed.

 

In all this is a fast paced, compelling and violent read that necessitates reading with one hand partially covering the eyes at times and sleeping with the light on.

Post Script: Eeny Meeny – M J Arlidge

A pulse racing read!

Eeny Meeny

Eeny Meeny

At first, nobody believed her…

M.J. Arlidge

Penguin Books Australia

Penguin

ISBN: 9781405914888

 

 

Description:

The girl emerged from the woods.  Traumatised and emaciated; close to death, but alive.  Her story seemed too terrible to be true.  But it was.  Every dreadful word of it.

When, days later, another desperate survivor is found, a pattern becomes clear.  Pairs of victims are being taken; then forced to make an unthinkable decision.

And for DCI Helen Grace there is now an unseen killer to be hunted down.

Haunted by her own past, Grace has faced down her own demons to rise to the top of her profession.  She has coping mechanisms.  Now though, there’s a new monster to confront.  And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die.

But worse, some will survive, and have to live with the choice that they made . . .

 

My View:

I really enjoyed this fast paced, action packed, murder filled police procedural. The narrative is twisted, bizarre and compelling. The subplot is horrific and disturbing. The protagonist is a strong, feisty and a flawed woman; a mystery to all those around her. Interesting characters, a unique plot, bold and disturbing crimes, what more could you ask for?

This is a book that once you start you CANNOT put down.  I can see this on the big screen soon.