Series: Nocte Trilogy #2
Published by Lakehouse Press on February 2nd 2015
Genres: Dark Romance
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The truth shall set you free.
My name is Calla Price and IÔÇÖm drowning.
My new world is a dark, dark ocean and IÔÇÖm being pulled under by secrets.
Can I trust anyone? I donÔÇÖt 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.
IÔÇÖm entangled in the darkness.
But the truth will set me free.
ItÔÇÖs 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?
The second in Courtney ColeÔÇÖs Nocte Trilogy, Verum, is truly a mind-bender. Going in, I really thought that the┬áanxiety I felt in the last 15% of Nocte would ease up. But did it? No, in fact I think it doubled. I think IÔÇÖve only experienced that level of bewilderment in a few past reads. With Verum I knew I should question more, question what Cole was giving us through Calla PriceÔÇÖs eyes and ears. Early in the story, Calla contemplates ÔÇ£…IÔÇÖve absorbed all of this insanity for so long that now IÔÇÖm insane myself. That’s the only possible answer.ÔÇØ and at this point, I accepted that Verum was to be the story of CallaÔÇÖs non-reality reality.
With Verum, Cole stays the course and the story picks up with Dare trying to guide Calla to remember the night that shattered her world. Dare is her constant, she wants to trust him and does. But┬á when the story location moves,┬á Calla is forced to heed his warning(s) and┬á she withdraws. She spends an ungodly amount of time in this HUGE house with few interactions with people.┬á It’s no wonder her grip on reality seems to slip.┬á┬á More and more sheÔÇÖs living in a state of paranoia which Cole captures beautifully.
I expected that Verum would give us a few solid answers, but now I just have more questions. Cole introduces a few new characters, that may or may not be ÔÇ£earthlyÔÇØ and in reflection, I have my own doubts about how I interpreted events and many of CallaÔÇÖs experiences. ARGHHHH!! Its a sweet agony and IÔÇÖm starting to accept that the Nocte Trilogy may or may not have a ÔÇ£reality checkÔÇØ ending. Honestly, I simply donÔÇÖt care if it does. IÔÇÖm enjoying being along for the ride, taking in all the twists and turns being dished out ~┬á IÔÇÖm looking forward to the continuation in Initium and Lux!┬á 5 stars and recommendation!!
~Review by Cyndi