Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Posted February 21, 2016 | 30 Comments

Hidden Bodies by Caroline KepnesHidden Bodies
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Series: You #2
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 448
Source: Publisher
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Charmingly murderous anti-hero Joe Goldberg continues his twisted quest for the perfect love in this thrilling follow-up to the “deeply dark yet mesmerizing” You. When Joe follows the woman he wants to marry to the West Coast, he never imagines that his obsession will lead him to such tragedy.

Oh, Joe Goldberg, you crazy sonofabitch, you.

You became one of my all-time favorite books, so I was excited and hesitant to read Hidden Bodies. I craved more Joe, but was worried this book wouldn’t have the same magic as You. Hidden Bodies does have a slightly different feel to it, but it’s still so very good!

Joe goes on quite the journey in Hidden Bodies. He meets all sorts of new people in Hollywood, which leads to some very interesting opportunities for him. And of course, it gets craaaazy!

What I love so much is how seemingly normal and likable Joe is to other people, and they have no idea what lurks beneath. I mean, Joe could be anyone. His delusions are both humorous and terrifying. Yet, he’s a character we can’t help but to root for, and how dare other characters treat him badly. It’s an effed up feeling. Joe truly is a fascinating anti-hero.

His pessimism cracks me up. He tends to lull us into this sense of security in a way, and then bam, we’re reminded just how freaking dangerous our lovable Joe is. It’s almost a shock. Like, oh yeah, dude is seriously fucked in the head. And still, we love him. It’s a sickness, I tell you. I certainly don’t want the cure, though.

Kepnes definitely didn’t disappoint with Hidden Bodies, and I look forward to seeing what she puts out next.

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30 responses to “Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

  1. God, I love Caroline Kepnes. She is a freaking genius because she somehow manages to get me to root for Joe, who is clearly a sociopath.I loved You and thought Hidden Bodies was just as twisted and dark, if not a bit slow at times. What is great at being in his head is that I sometimes find myself hating the same people he hates. Then I have to ask myself if those people are really as bad as Joe says or if maybe Joe is just a super unreliable narrator and I am seeing everything through sociopath colored lenses. Ha. Great review!
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  2. I agree totally. I love Joe. I root for him. And the all of a sudden I remember he is CRAZY! I thought this one felt a bit different but it was still just as good. I agree I am looking forward to more from Caroline Kepnes. Great review!
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  3. I really need to meet Joe Christy! There’s little I love more than an anti-hero, and Joe seems like he’s the be all end all of anti-heroes. I can’t wait to see how he seems so normal to everyone he meets but then is beyond messed up under the surface. Fantastic review!
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