Author: Caroline Kepnes

Gotta Love Joe? Audio Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Posted April 13, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 11 Comments

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.

Gotta Love Joe? Audio Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline KepnesHidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Series: You #2
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on February 23, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hours, 3 minutes
Source: Publisher
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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...

 

 

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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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About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is a native of Cape Cod and the author of many published short stories. After graduating from Brown University, Caroline moved to New York where she covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly and Tiger Beat. She also worked as a staff writer on the first season of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Caroline’s second novel, Hidden Bodies, is the follow-up to her debut novel, You, which was optioned by Showtime. Caroline now lives in Los Angeles, where she writes fiction, drinks artificially sweetened caffeinated beverages and avoids freeways. @ on Twitter or visit CarolineKepnes.com.

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Seriously Creepy! You by Caroline Kepnes

Seriously Creepy! You by Caroline Kepnes

Posted March 14, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 12 Comments

    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 […]