You may remember that earlier this year I compiled a list of all my favorite books. You by Caroline Kepnes was my overall favorite of
last year ever. Hidden Bodies is book 2 in the You series, so it had a lot to love up to. I am delighted to tell you this book was almost as good as You, and better in some ways.
Series: You #2
Also in this series: You
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, General, Psychological, Suspense
Also by this author: You
eARC provided by Atria Books
Charmingly murderous antihero Joe continues his twisted quest for the perfect love in this thrilling follow-up to the “deeply dark yet mesmerizing” (Booklist) 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…
After the heartbreak of losing his girlfriend, Beck, Joe Goldberg thought he’d never love again. But when mysterious Amy Adam begins working for Joe at Mooney Books, he finds himself obsessed with his new employee. Amy is Beck’s opposite—she hates Twitter, she doesn’t even have an email address, she’s completely unsearchable online—and she quickly captures Joe’s heart. But just before Joe can ask Amy to marry him, she disappears, leaving a trail of clues in her wake.
Joe is then forced to do something so vile, so awful that he nearly loses his mind: he moves to Los Angeles to find Amy. He is tortured by a series of aspiring Angelenos—an insufferable stand-up comedian, philistine booksellers, a money-hungry nanny, and a slutty ghostwriter—before meeting his ticket to a more luxurious world: a surgically enhanced, social media–savvy heiress named Love Quinn. But Joe can’t stop stalking Amy, despite the world opening up to him with Love on his arm. Will Joe finally escape his sordid past? Or is Love just the latest casualty in Joe’s unrelenting search for the perfect match?
Joe is back! Joe is much more happy in this book. I think Joe is ready to settle down with the girl and get the white picket fence. Of course, things don’t go how they should. This book starts off right where You left off. Joe is with Amy in the bookstore in New York. Life is good. He is crazy in love. He sees his future with her and it is fucking fantastic.
Joe takes Amy on a vacation to Rhode Island. Joe kinda left a loose end (a mugofurine) there and he needs to make it right. Then things take a very wrong turn. His misplaced trust leads him to
stalk follow Amy to California. Joe does something he thought he would never do, he leaves New York. Joe goes to Los Angeles and joins in all the insanity that is California living. He finds himself with the struggling actors and actresses. You can almost imagine what he thinks of them, and he doesn’t hold back at all. He accidentally inserts himself with the filthy rich and meets a woman named Love. Maybe this is where Joe should be for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, Joe made some mistakes in the past. These mistakes keep him up at night. Fucking loose ends drive Joe to make some tough choices. Hidden Bodies takes us all over the country. Joe does some traveling, and he is instantly at home everywhere he goes.
Joe Goldberg is absolutely my favorite character of all time. The writing in this book is all in first person. Joe’s mind is amazing and absolutely crazy. Joe is obsessive and narcissistic. He is everything needed in a psychopath, but still very much a likable character. Once again I rooted for him, because he isn’t really wrong in what he thinks. Not really. That is the brilliance of this book, this writing, this character. He is so tainted, but I see his point. The world to him is easy to understand and he has a solution to every problem, just sometimes the solution is murder.
The people he meets are unique and change Joe’s world. He is an outsider in California, but people accept him and try to make him their own. They try to humor him and use him. He sees right through their bullshit. These people don’t know who the are messing with. They are in for a big surprise. The body count grows but somehow the world is a much better place with Joe in it.
The thing that really sets this book apart is the mind of Joe. He is insane, but he the most addictive character in literature, period. There is something about the way he sees the world. The people Joe interacts with surprised me almost as much as his ending predicament. This is Joe at his fucking best, and his absolute worst.
Caroline Kepnes has become my new favorite writer, of ever. I will buy and read anything she writes, she is that good. I highly recommend this book to readers of adult fiction.