Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Posted February 23, 2016 by Bethany in Reviews / 3 Comments

Hidden Bodies (You, #2) Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnesby Caroline Kepnes
on February 23rd 2016
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four-half-stars
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
Series: YOU #2
Source: ARC via publisher
Pages: 448

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...

Review

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 (Santino Fontana) is voicing Joe and he was born to be that character. He is amazing!

Love is kind, love is patient but also, mainly, above all –yes- Love is perverted.

4.5 Stars!

About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is a native of Cape Cod and the author of many published short stories. She has also covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly, Tiger Beat, E! Online, and Yahoo. And she has also written for television shows, including 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her directorial debut short film Miles Away premiered at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Caroline is a Brown University graduate now residing in Los Angeles in the same building that the Hillside Strangler once called home. She spends a lot of time on Cape Cod. – See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Caroline-Kepnes/464841279#sthash.7mJQ3tRM.dpuf

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