Reading time 2 mins
Review: YOU by Caroline KepnesYou by Caroline Kepnes
Series: You #1
Also in this series: Hidden Bodies
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 30th 2014
Pages: 432
Genres: Fiction, Erotica, General, Psychological, Thrillers, Suspense
Also by this author: Hidden Bodies
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“[A] beautifully crafted thriller that will give you chills.” (People magazine)

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.

You was a complete mind bender. In this story we meet a man named Joe who works at a bookstore. He is a bit eccentric. He meets a girl named Guinevere “Beck” Beck there, and he begins stalker her. From just one encounter he has her almost figured out. His obsession knows no bounds. He inserts himself into her life. He knows her every move thanks to social media. At first he is just observing, but then Beck starts to fall for him. She has no idea what she is getting herself into.

Oh Joe, what a guy! His thoughts are directed at Beck throughout almost this entire book. I loved being inside his head. I know he a is bit crazy, and I am not sure what that says about me. He is a lover of literature and he thinks ten steps ahead of most people. He is much smarter than Beck, and also much more dangerous. Joe is the guy we all worry about meeting. He goes through her trash, he listens in on conversations, he hacks her computer and reads her stories. Beck is a bit of an attention whore, so maybe she loves it at first. Then it takes a seriously dark turn. The lengths Joe goes to in order to get Beck are sick and twisted.

I can’t believe the writing in this book. It seems an impossible feat to have a wholly un-likeable cast of characters and make a story something that I can’t put down. I was riveted. The only real good guy in this whole book was the most dull. This was made painfully obvious by Joe’s picking him apart throughout the story. Joe rationalizes everything he does and at some point I actually wanted him and Beck together…how twisted is that? Joe does some nasty stuff, but he is also driven by his obsession with Beck. She doesn’t really deserve him. She needs him, he figures out the people around her are toxic. Joe does everything for her.

I loved every word of this book. This is an adult thriller of the highest order. Joe might be the best literary character I have ever met. He has so much depth. Caroline Kepnes can sure write a story. This is one the best I have ever read.

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About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is a native of Cape Cod and the author of many published short stories. She covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly, Tiger Beat, E! Online, and Yahoo. She has also written for television shows, including 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her directorial debut short film, Miles Away, premiered at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Her first novel You is in development at Showtime. It was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Award and named a Suspense Magazine Best Book of the Year. Caroline is a Brown University graduate now residing in Los Angeles.

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