BOOK REVIEW ~ VERUM BY COURTNEY COLE

By | February 8, 2019

The truth shall set you free.
My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.
My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.
Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.
The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.
I’m entangled in the darkness.
But the truth will set me free.
It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.
Are you scared?
I am.

Reading this book just about turned me into a loonie bird. I kid you not, I was either muttering to myself or screaming obscenities at my iPad demanding answers. By the time I got to the end, I was just gobsmacked by the final twist the author threw in. I’m talking jaw-on-the-ground, stunned speechless, repeatedly uttering WTF over and over again kind of twist. I never saw it coming. But first, I need to backtrack to the beginning…

This book picks up directly after the cliffy ending of the first one, and oh boy, the tension was high from the start! Calla and Dare have finally reached the point where secrets can no longer be hidden, and to find their answers, they go back to the root of their problems…back to Whitley. Even though she loves him, Calla knows she can’t trust Dare until all their secrets are laid out in the open, and Dare is determined to make that happen.
Plot-wise I really can’t say much more or I’d be venturing into spoiler territory. What I can say is that what you read won’t be what it seems. The entire book was one gigantic mindfuck. The twist at the end – quite wicked of the author I have to say – is the kind that clears up everything else you’ve read prior to that point. I love revelations like those, and yet they’re also pretty risky, which is the reason why I had to drop a star from my rating. Up until the last quarter of the book, I honestly was so frustrated. I got tired of the same old excuse thrown around so many times I could recite it from memory –
“Why can’t you just tell me everything right now?
Because I can’t. Because things are complicated…”
Yeah…not a fan of drawn out plots lemme tell you. But like I said, the twist at the end is the kind that makes you re-evaluate everything you’ve read up to that point, and now that I have, it’s really quite brilliant! It was like a mindfuck within a mindfuck. The author seriously handed me my brain on a platter without an apology.
The way this book ends perfectly sets up the story for the 3rd and final book that will hopefully bring some closure and a whole bag of answers! Though there’s one main theory going on in my head right now and I’m not so sure I want answers since I may not like what I get…oh what am I saying? Of course I’ll be reading the next book as soon as I get my hands on it!
Verum is book 2 in the Nocte trilogy and must be read after book 1. It’s not a standalone and the story will conclude with the final book Lux.
Rating: 4 stars!

My review of Nocte (#1)