I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Series: You #2
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on February 23, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Length: 13 hours, 3 minutes
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: true love. 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...
Joe’s story continues as he lands in Los Angeles trying to track Amy Adam, his latest lover who cleverly betrayed him.
While Joe isn’t as creepy or seemingly as unhinged as he was in You, he hasn’t lost his murder gene. His rationalization is what’s even scarier as I found myself often supporting his points of view. We get a much deeper sense of this man’s intellect and cleverness. Joe embodies much of what we consider the human condition and it’s unsettling to think how innocuously he appears to those around him. He could be anyone in our lives as no one seems to be able to see beneath the outward veneer he presents.
The narrator, Santino Fontana, is outstanding! He is Joe in every sense. He’s funny when necessary and always cynical in delivery. When the character shifts in outlook, you hear that subtly. He made Joe leap off the pages.
Again, this story is profound less for the details of the story and more for how it creeps around your moral and ethical boundaries. Why in the world would I ever have a moment of sympathy and support for a character like Joe? I have no idea but, dang it all, I found myself rooting for Joe.
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