Author: Caroline Kepnes
Series: You #2
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
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.