Book Review,  Recipe

Verity Book Review ~ A Twisted Tale

by Colleen Hoover

narrated by Vanessa Johansson & Amy Landon , set in the Vermont countryside, present day

Book Rating: 4.5/5
CoHo is a mastermind and I’m officially a forever fan. I’ve often wondered about how authors of thrillers/suspense can create such intense stories. This book gives us a twisted glimpse into the mind of such a writer. This book never stalled, never tripped. It was a full speed, twisty ride until the end. I didn’t want to put it down. Verity will take everything you thought was creepy and make it seem like a children’s bedtime story. Enjoyable is not an appropriate word for this book. Disturbingly entertaining seems a more apt description.  The only reason I didn’t give a full 5 stars is because I felt the romance side was missing depth.
 Trigger ⚠️ – intense sexual content; child abuse; As a mother, this storyline completely gutted me.  

Audiobook Performance Rating: 5/5  Johansson lent sophistication to Lowen’s credulity and Landon artfully portrayed Verity’s truculent manipulation. The whole book was filled with emotion and  great character definition. Both narrators were great in their roles. Well done. Definitely listen to Verity! 

Book Food Rating: 3/5
Food was scarcely mentioned in this book- but that’s okay; I was too busy ingesting psycho. ha! Seriously, there were a few generic references: tacos, spaghetti. I upped the rating to a 3 because of the Chicken and Dumplings scene. It’s worth the read.


Deep Dark Chocolate Torte

Verity by Colleen Hoover is as deep and dark as this flourless chocolate cake….with lies spun as silkily as sugar.

Jeremy’s Taco Bites

“I made tacos.”
I smile at him. “Is it time to eat already?”
He laughs. “It’s after ten. It was time to eat three hours ago.”
I look at the clock on the computer. How did I lose track of time? I guess that happens when you’re reading about a psychotic woman abusing her children.

Champagne Soaked Chocolate Covered  Strawberries

Corey holds up a champagne bottle. “Thought we could celebrate the new contract,” he says, handing me the bottle. I’m appreciative he doesn’t mention the eviction. 

Verity’s Chicken & Dumplings

It was the fifth meal I cooked after living in our new house for two weeks.
It’s the only meal Jeremy ever threw against the dining room wall.

Italian Love Nests

I offer to make spaghetti for them one night. It’s really the only thing I cook that I can honestly say I’m good at.

The Nerdy Gourmet
The Nerdy Gourmet

Hi friends!! I’m Jenni, The Nerdy Gourmet. I love books and I love food. Combining the two with a splash of travel has become my passion. I am a self taught cook/baker and I believe that everyone can cook from scratch! I’m here with recipes and Nerdy Tips to help along the way.  
I review books, mostly ‘read’ via audio, and I create recipes inspired by the story lines. Sometimes if I am deeply moved by a story, I will travel and try my best to experience the book- and bring you along via my blog! I provide all the photographs and content for the Nerdy Gourmet (unless otherwise noted). 

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