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Books for fans of Colleen Hoover's Verity

By Kobo • June 05, 2024Recommended Reading

If you stayed up past your bedtime, hungrily devouring every twist and turn in Verity, and you're wondering what to read next, look no further than these books.

Colleen Hoover has written over a dozen books, mostly YA and new adult romance; in 2021, she experienced a massive surge in popularity thanks to TikTok. She's since become a force in the BookTok community, as the platform has introduced thousands of new readers to her work. Her extensive back catalogue includes books across a wide variety of genres including romance and romantic suspense. across the YA and adult categories. But she's best known on TikTok and the internet at large for her 2018 novel Verity, a dark and twisty romantic psychological thriller. 

These novels like Verity are about complicated women who get mixed up with powerful families. They blend romance and suspense. They are full of twists you'll never see coming. And they will definitely keep you up past your bedtime.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

If you're looking for more dark thrillers with romantic elements, but maybe with a little bit of fun on the side, My Lovely Wife is for you. It's about a husband and wife who appear to have a perfectly normal life with kids and jobs…except for the fact that they're also murderers. It's a twisty, surprising novel that explores gray morality, why people keep secrets, and the violence that lurks under shiny, polished veneers.

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A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

Verity is a psychological thriller with an important romantic element—and no one does the thriller/romance combo better than Nalini Singh. This one is about a woman who returns to her tiny New Zealand hometown to find not only the childhood ghosts she left behind, but a new love interest in the form of Will Gallagher, a detective who fled his own childhood ghosts. Singh expertly blends a sizzling romance with a chilling missing persons story and the result is dark, atmospheric, and unputdownable.

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

If you're after a book that explores the lives of the rich and powerful the way that Verity does, this domestic psychological thriller might be right up your alley. It begins with a murder: famous painter Alicia Berenson shoots her fashion designer husband and then refuses to speak. As a criminal psychotherapist tries to get her to talk, the chilling pieces of her story begin to fall into place. This is one of those rare books that contains both slow-simmering tension, as small clues into Alicia's psyche are dropped along the way, and a perfectly timed big reveal.

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Who Is Maude Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews

Is there something inherently dangerous about taking a job with a famous writer? It got Lowen Ashleigh in Verity into some dangerous trouble, and it's no better for Florence Darrow in Who is Maude Dixon? She's always believed herself destined for greatness, so when an opportunity to work for a famous but anonymous novelist falls into her lap, she takes it. Things appear to be going well, until Florence wakes up in a hospital after a car crash and discovers her employer is dead.

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The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

If you're looking for a thriller that's flown a bit under the radar, why not pick up this thoughtful story about identity, power, and the complicated, fraught relationships between women. Alexa Wú moves through life with a series of alternate personalities. When her best friend, one of the few people who knows the truth about her life, gets caught up in London's criminal underworld, Alexa follows her there—a decision that sets of a chain of devastating, life-changing events.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

This social thriller is full of secrets and silence and all the violence that comes with them. Amber Patterson is tired of watching everyone in her small town ooh and ahh over the seemingly perfect life of beloved philanthropist Daphne. So she decides to do something about it. Soon, she's become Daphne's best friend and closest confidant, practically an adopted member of the family. But her plan to destroy Daphne's life is full of holes—especially if Amber's own secrets come out.

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Confessions by Kinae Minato

This Japanese thriller is definitely not for the faint of heart. It begins with a middle school teacher giving her students a lecture about the devastating event that led to her resignation. It then moves through a variety of POVs, as other characters recount their own understanding of what happened. All of these POVs complicated the story, and the effect is both startling and disturbing.

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Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

If it's the complicated romantic elements of Verity that you're craving more of, Then She Was Gone will definitely satisfy them. Laurel's daughter Ellie disappeared ten years ago, and though she's never given up hope of one day finding her, she's done her best to move on with her life. But then she's swept into an intense, whirlwind romance with a handsome stranger—whose daughter looks just like Ellie before she vanished. Her face brings all of Laurel's fears and questions back to the forefront, and she's desperate, once again, to find out what happened.

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Love at first sight? Not quite. Lust at first sight? Definitely. Tate Collins and Miles Archer agree to a hot, heavy, no-strings-attached arrangement. As passion gives way to pain, they soon find themselves entangled in a complex web of secrets, emotions and past traumas. Will they survive the good, bad, and ugly sides of love?

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