April 4, 2016

Book Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

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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...

I was instantly hooked by Joe in You - snarky, deviant, and ruthless. He is the anti-hero you're horrified by yet somehow rooting to get away - literally -with murder. Hidden Bodies picks up where You left off. Joe is now in a new relationship with Amy, whom he thinks of as the earthy, off-the-grid goddess antithesis to Beck's manic pixie dream girl. But of course, Joe being Joe, their relationship takes a turn for the unexpected, which takes him to Hollywood. As was in the first book, Joe's eviscerating observations and criminal misadventures make this sequel a page turner.

I buy violets for Amy.  Not roses.  Roses are for people who did something wrong.  I have done everything right this time around.  I'm a good boyfriend.  I chose well. Amy Adam lives in the moment, not in the computer.

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