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- Audible.com Release Date: July 24, 2015
- Language: English
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We continue the journey to figure out what secrets Dare may be hiding. What memories Calla is refusing to remember. We learned that Finn was dead at the end of NOCTE. But is he? He is just as present in VERUM, as he was in NOCTE. Cala and Dare head to Whitley; Calla's mother home in England. They are hoping that this will help Calla recover all of her missing memories. Remember that Calla's mother left Whitley and moved to the U.S, and she hadn't spoken to her Mother in years. Calla and Finn never knew that side of the family. While at Whitley, Calla has a chance to connect with others from her mother childhood; mainly her Grandmother, Eleanor. Everyone wants something from Calla, we don't know what that is yet, but I have to agree with her assumptions.
Dare is kind, but our relationship is complicated. Eleanor is severe, Sabine is mysterious, Jones is perfunctory. They all want something from me. This man, this priest, is kind simply to be kind.
Calla is very conflicted in the book. She is slowly learning Dare's secrets. She wants to keep him at a distance. She's not sure if he is good for her. She keeps remembering Finn journal and all the warning that were written in there. Dare himself has admitted to "doing terrible things". In her heart she knows Dare, she loves him. There's tension here, but not the bad kind. It's the kind that ignites you, the kind that intoxicates you, the kind that once you taste it, you'll crave for the rest of your life. Calla needs the truth. She needs to figure that out on her own. How do you decide what is real, imagined, truth or lies, when your heart and mind are in constant battle. When mental illness runs in your family and you fear you might be crazy.
"I don't know what to do," I whisper jaggedly. "I want to hate you, Dare, for lying to me. But I can’t.” I'm confused, and he's my anchor. "You don't hate me, Calla. You can't. I didn't lie to you. I tried to tell you.”
As Calla starts to uncover more of Dare’s secrets, he starts to pull away from her. Calla must decide if she’s going to fight to remember for Dare. “All I can remember, all I can focus on, is how very alive Dare DuBray is making me feel in this moment, how alive he always makes me feel.” What’s the price you’re willing to pay to uncovering these secrets? Is it worth it.
Nothing is as it seems in this book. I had all of these great theories when I started. They flew out the window so fast, I’m not sure what to think except: Courtney is an evil genius. She will be receiving my therapy bills, that’s for sure. There are so many pieces to this story. That writing my review 24 hours after finishing it, is probably not wise. These books make you think. You’ll be thinking about them to the point of driving yourself crazy. You will constantly be remembering a different pieces of the puzzle, that could lead to another possible twist. Definitely a must read!
Verum, like Nocte, is a tenuous journey between sanity and lunacy, between deciphering reality from the chaotic depths of a lost mind. What is real and what isn't? And can a person who deems themselves crazy ever really see the truth when they don't trust their own mind to know the difference?
"My mind is a hollow reed and the breeze is blowing through it, blowing all of the pieces away. I want to chase them, but I can’t."
Courtney Cole creates another mind boggling house of illusion of sorts in Verum, where the reader is right along for the ride with Calla, questioning what is real. As the reader, I was completely immersed in this character's confusion, her paranoia, her distrust of her own mind. I could imagine what that would be like, to see things with my own eyes, to touch them, hear them, see them, but doubt my own senses. It's another mind-tripping maze Courtney Cole delivers in Verum, and I knew, just as in Nocte, that nothing would make sense until it does, to take in every detail but not commit to any of it because Cole would ultimately flip everything I thought on it's head.
"The end is the beginning."
Calla is lost. After the events of Nocte, her loss, her grief, her realization that everything she believed was wrong, Verum begins with her final question to Dare... A question Dare insists Calla already holds the answer to, but must remember on her own. This is her journey back to the beginning, back to the place it all began. But Calla is on a precarious cliff and there's no telling whether the truth will save her.
"I’m floating in an ocean of insanity. 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."
Verum has a drastically different, but no less creepy, setting than Nocte. The story unfolds with Calla struggling to remember, remember something frightening and difficult enough to cause her brain to have expunged it in the first place. She walks the halls of this creepy, gothic house, in the dark, grey, dreary English moors, exploring her mother's childhood home. She talks to Finn, to Dare, hears voices and senses something doesn't want her there, all the while getting brief fragments of memories long forgotten. This book might be even creepier than the first. Knowing what Calla has been through, what truths she came to know in Nocte, Verum reads much differently. Verum takes the reader through this odyssey right along with Calla, but neither ever really knowing with certainty what is real, what is imaginary, what is her cracked brain tricking her into believing. It's a genius thing Courtney Cole has done here once again, carrying her characters and her readers through this labyrinth of illusion versus reality, consuming them with a story you're not sure you can believe. As the reader, you are Calla, doubting everything you see and hear, questioning what's real, uncertain about the reliability of your own senses. And what's more terrifying than not having your own gut instincts to protect you?
I was blown away by Nocte. But dare I say it, the writing and the story development in Verum trumps the first book. Just when you think you have answers, you're inundated with even more questions. I felt the confusion, the inability to decipher truth from nonsense, even more significantly in this book. It's trippy, there's really no other way to describe it. Courtney Cole's Verum takes the reader on a journey that goes against everything that is natural, forcing the reader to doubt everything they read, see, feel, trust and just wait to see how it all unfolds.
After reading Nocte which was an epic mind scrambler I had been counting down the days until the release of Verum. I couldn't wait to get more of Calla's beautifully haunting story. Throughout the book I felt Calla's confusion, her indecision, her frustration, her insanity, her loss, her love! I needed so many answers but instead I now have more questions. This series is one huge mind bending trip that sucks you in and makes you question every aspect and detail. You find yourself going back over every twist and turn trying to uncover something you may have missed, just knowing you can piece it together. But in the end your left with your mind still whirling in circles!
Even though my mind is still reeling from this unbelievable story I have to say I can not wait for MORE! Courtney Cole has created one of the most haunting thrilling stories I've ever read!!
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But I think it's twisting a little too much. Some clarity is needed. Still very addicting in its confusion.
Mind blown is all I have to say.Read more