Series: You #1
Published by Atria on September 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
What an interesting, disturbing story. Not one redeemable character.
The narrator is Joe Goldberg who runs a bookstore in Manhattan. One day he is captivated by a young woman, Guinevere Beck, who enters the store. From that moment forward she becomes his obsession.
Joe can be characterized as an adult, modern-day version of Holden Caulfield from J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. In fact, the author deliberately includes subtle connections. Despite that annoying aspect (I’m not a Holden fan), he can sometimes be seductive in having you adopt his points of view at times, and that’s where I find the author masterful.
It isn’t comfortable being in Joe’s head but sometimes it was fascinating when he could dispassionately chronicle what was going on with other characters. While the ending could be described as somewhat predictable, it wasn’t tied neatly with a bow and that set it apart. Despite my unease with the story, I’m definitely reading the next book.
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