on February 23rd 2016
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Genres: Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
Series: YOU #2
Source: ARC via publisher
In the compulsively readable follow-up to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”
Hidden Bodies marks the return of a voice that Stephen King described as original and hypnotic, and through the divisive and charmingly sociopathic character of Joe Goldberg, Kepnes satirizes and dissects our culture, blending suspense with scathing wit.
Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.
In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: truelove. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice...
Are you ready for more adventures with Joe Goldberg? He’s back and this time he is looking for love in LA – Hollywood. If you are not familiar with Joe yet, you should read my audiobook review of YOU. He is the ultimate anti-hero who makes his own rules, and he is the judge and jury for those he feels wronged him. He is a crazy stalker sociopath, but OMG his inner monologue is so hilarious. Seriously, I laughed so hard and so many times while reading this book. Here’s an example:
I knew she didn’t like to shave; her leg were often bristly and she’s all about water conservation. But I did not expect a bush. She kissed me. “Welcome to the jungle.”
Even though Joe is an extremely bad guy, I couldn’t help but root for him and for him to get away with all of his crimes.
In YOU, the theme explored our social media obsessed culture. Hidden Bodies takes that theme a step further with narcissism and the obsession of celebrities and “making it in Hollywood.” Even Joe can’t help but catch the Hollywood bug.
I loved everything about this book, and it was just as good as YOU. Caroline Kepnes’ writing style is very unique, and the storyline is exceptionally creepy yet fun and addictive. I plan to reread this book with the audio version. I believe I will love it even more because the same narrator (
Love is kind, love is patient but also, mainly, above all –yes- Love is perverted.