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Hidden Bodies: A Novel Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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“There’s something deeply insidious about the storytelling of Caroline Kepnes. As satire of a self-absorbed society, Kepnes hits the mark, cuts deep, and twists the knife.” (Entertainment Weekly)
"Delicious and insane as its predecessor....The plot may be twisty and scintillating, but its Kepnes' wit and style that keep you coming back." (Lena Dunham)
"Obsessed." (Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author)
“With Hidden Bodies (out today), Caroline Kepnes delivers a more riveting, more chilling, more fascinating sophomore novel as our favorite sociopath Joe Goldberg takes on Hollywood… suspenseful, charming and unexpectedly poetic…With her singular style, endearing antihero and captivating social satire, Kepnes will leave you entirely satisfied and ready for more.” (USA Today: Happy Ever After)
"[A] clever, canny and creepy tale that’s every bit as delectable as YOU. Caroline Kepnes is my latest obsession." (Mary Kubica)
“The next Gone Girl is a title that’s been tossed around considerably in literary circles, but Kepnes’ sophomore effort is worthy of the comparison.” (Instyle)
"You will need this book. Caroline Kepnes just became my new favorite writer." (Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author)
“A dark, fun and frightening character study that deeply (and I do mean deeply) explores the hypocrisy of the trendsetters of the moment and those who follow them.” (bookreporter.com)
"With its scathing social satire and loathsome yet strangely charming leading man, Kepnes' sophomore effort is well worth the read." (Kirkus)
"The story reads like the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman but without the gore and misogyny, which means nothing stands in the way of the reader enjoying Joe’s cynical, murderous charm. Though it is a sequel to You (2014), Hidden Bodies may be even better on its own." (Booklist)
“His running commentary on life in L.A. brings to mind the American Psycho narrator’s cynical views, and Joe’s twisted attempts at relationships will appeal to fans of Dexter.” (Library Journal)
“Remarkably, the author convinces the reader to empathize with her killer protagonist.” (Publishers Weekly)
“[Kepnes] shows us our essential vulnerability, and how easy it is to fall in love with someone not because of who they are but because they reflect back to us our most cherished ideals and secret points of pride.” (Literary Hub)
“Compulsively readable.” (BookBub)
“What’s truly killer about this book is Kepnes’ verbal pyrotechnics.” (New York Daily News)
“Both a tense story of a monster and a fascinating psychological study, the book dares you to empathize with a killer while keeping you guessing as to what will happen next.” (Barnes & Noble)
“For a tale as dark as a winter day, tuck into Caroline Kepnes’ psychological thriller Hidden Bodies, the sequel to Kepnes’ lauded You.” (Watch! Magazine)
“Chilling...[Kepnes' YOU] will have readers looking over their shoulders.” (Publisher's Weekly)
"An impending sense of dread hangs over Kepnes' cleverly claustrophobic debut, in which love takes on a whole new meaning...Kepnes keeps the reader guessing." (Kirkus Reviews)
“A deeply dark yet mesmerizing first novel of two people caught in a romantic tangle with an ever-tightening knot.” (Booklist)
"This beautifully crafted thriller... will give you chills." (People)
"Ominous." (Us Weekly)
"Both original and compelling. If you only read one new thriller this year, make it this one. It will stay with you long after you have put it down." (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail (UK))
"You think you know the story: girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a murderous stalker. US journalist Kepnes' debut is a fantastically creepy thriller...the kind of book you put your life on hold for." (Glamour)
"A page turner...clever and chilling." (Elle (UK))
"A brilliant tale of obsessive love...it's GONE GIRL meets a sinister version of GIRLS." (Marie Claire (UK))
"Compelling." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Is Caroline Kepnes’ 'You' the next GONE GIRL? It'll take you inside a psychopath’s head... and might even make you like him. A mad and macabre love story." (TimeOut Australia)
"Could be the next GONE GIRL...a perverse suspense romance about obsession, sex, and secrets." (PopSugar.com)
“If you liked GONE GIRL’S portrayal of a marriage in decline, the demented love story at the heart of YOU will have you gripped….This book will give you Stockholm syndrome." (Harpers Bazaar (UK))
"YOU is superb. So funny, apart from anything else, and properly clever. It is: different, hot." (Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders and The Other Woman's House)
“[I] devoured every page and enthusiastically recommended others do the same…I’m going to scoop up everything Kepnes writes... Probing, visionary and intricate, [You] makes me excited to read whatever she comes up with next.” (The Joplin Globe)
"Seductive." (Curled Up with a Good Book)
“Joe is a horribly funny, strangely seductive narrator to spend time with—bitingly intelligent and simultaneously misanthropic and desperate for love. . . It's hard not to end up rooting for him.” (The Observer)
“5 Stars for Hidden Bodies which is a witty, laugh-out-loud, testimony to our culture and frightening enough to leave your heart racing.” (Reads & Reviews)
“Kepnes' writing style has gotten rave reviews from a ton of acclaimed authors including Stephen King, who calls it, 'hypnotic and scary.' If Stephen King finds it scary, you know it's going to be a wild ride!” (Redbook)
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Second, the story is an incredible blend if truly creepy yet highly entertaining. Here, we find our adored Joe (ok, so not adored but more like love to hate) has fallen in love again, this time with Amy Adams. And only fitting for Joe's luck, Amy runs off to California with his heart. Naturally, she can't have the last laugh, so Joe goes to Hollywood (gasp!) to track her down. Hidden Bodies is the tale of Joe exacting his revenge on Amy Adams and all of the hazards, adventures, sidetracks, and love affairs that happen along the ride.
There were some ebbs and flows with this book. At times I was sucked in that "one more chapter" turned into five or more. But there were some sections that lagged where I'd put the book down for a little bit. I so desperately needed to know how the book ended though, so I read my little heart out.
I dare to wonder where the idea for Joe came about, and I can't imagine to what depths of an abyss Caroline Kepnes has to crawl to in her mind to even fathom what this character is going to say or how he'll react, but it works. Pure (weird and creepy) genius. I love/hate Joe and will read a third book if there's more to his story.
SPOILER ALERT: At the end of You, Joe met Amy Adam, and of course, because he's crazy Joe, fell in love with her. She ends up screwing him over and moves to Hollywood. So Joe moves to California, to kill her. While in CA, he meets a very wealthy girl called Love. Then we get into celebrity name dropping, mansions in Malibu, trips to Mexico, blah blah blah. Where it lost me...Joe tells Love about his past (the murders) and she stays with him, and then becomes complicit in one of his crimes. It ended up feeling a bit silly to me. It's a quick read, and not all bad, but I just found it immensely annoying.
Another great addition to this book was the fact that I finally felt the characters were a little more realistic and relatable. In the first book with Beck and Peach, I just didn't connect with them and it left me partial to the female characters, but obsessing over the down to earth Joe who just couldn't find love. (Poor Joe). So I was THRILLED when I could actually relate to these characters and maybe it was because of their California attitudes ;) Whatever it was, I'm thankful to have gotten to see more depth in each character.
I gave this 5 stars and highly recommend this creepy and fantastic series! It reminded me of Dexter and how you easily get addicted to such an unfavorable type of character. I was left begging Caroline for more Joe!
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Do not read this review if you haven't read 'You' yet. It contains spoilers for 'You' but not for 'Hidden Bodies.'
'Hidden Bodies' starts up where 'You' left off. Joe has killed Beck and just met Amy. He's still stressed about the little cup of DNA he left in a closet in Little Compton. He and Amy seem perfect for each other and once again, Joe is in love! But being a psychopath who has murdered several people considerably lowers your odds of having a sweet, old fashioned courtship... Not surprisingly the relationship does not have a "happily ever after" ending which leads Joe to leave NYC and move to LA.
After moving cross country, Joe is totally embracing the LA life style; he's into social media, he's using the term 'bro,' and living in Hollywood. He even meets some wealthy fringe celebs and becomes interested in screen writing. As the title of the book hints, there will be additional bodies to dispose of and more deranged behavior.
WHAT I LOVED
Even though this is book two and I know exactly who and what Joe is, I still keep finding myself falling for his charms; hoping he (literally) gets away with murder, gets the girl and covers his tracks well. What's wrong with me????
I loved Joe's snarky commentary about LA, rich people and the entertainment industry. It was interesting to watch him shift his opinions on all those topics as his circumstances began to change.
I loved the whole Quinn family; Love, Forty, Ray, Dottie and The Pantry. They were such sweet, dysfunctional people. Love was surprising and Forty wasn't- he was such a typical insecure rich boy/ under achiever.
LA was so well written that I felt as if I were there. It made me want to go back to visit asap!
Once again the best part of the book was being inside Joe's seriously psychotic mind. So, so fascinating!
WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE
Same complaints as last time; overly descriptive sex and mildly offensive language. Yet, knowing what I was in for, I didn't hesitate to download this book the second I finished 'You.'
About 3/4 of the way through the book, I felt like it lost focus. Not enough to really bother me, but it just seemed to have one or two story lines going on at once.
I loved both 'You' and 'Hidden Bodies' and hope there will be a third book in the series.