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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)
About the Author
Caroline Kepnes is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her first novel You was translated into nineteen languages and shortlisted for a CWA New Blood Award. Her second novel Hidden Bodies is a sequel that Booklist describes as “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.” Caroline earned a BA in American Civilization at Brown University and worked as a pop culture journalist on Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven. She now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles. A ten-episode TV series based on You will premiere on Lifetime Network in 2018.
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Plot, Characters & Setting
When we left off at the end of You, our protagonist/villain, Joe, completed his vicious cycle of crossing many lines and breaking tons of laws in NYC all in the name of love, also known to most people as stalking your prey. Yet he escaped without anyone knowing of his crimes and found himself falling in love with a new potential victim, Amy Adam. Joe begins trusting Amy, realizing she's a much-improved version of his last girlfriend, Beck. Amy begins pushing him for a key to his bookstore, which we all know from reading the first book contains a few secrets Joe would prefer stay buried, like some bodies. He hides everything as much as he possibly can, caving in to his girlfriend in order to hold on to her. When he arrives for work a few days later, the place has been robbed and Amy is missing. Did she do it? Was she kidnapped as payback for his prior crimes? What does she know? You'll find out... he finds a lead that shows she may be in Los Angeles. Joe quits his job and moves cross-country, where he meets an interesting cast of characters in his typical LA apartment. He negotiates/manipulates his way into working closely with a few Hollywood type agents and producers, finding himself falling in love with a new woman, coincidentally named Love.
Love is perfect for Joe. She adores him. And he soon forgets about Amy. All seems well for a short period of time. But he keeps worrying about the one piece of evidence of his former crimes back in Rhode Island... and it drives him nearly insane, especially when the case is re-opened. He knows he has to find a way to retrieve it without anyone seeing him in the victim's house. Unfortunately, he's distracted by Delilah, one of the women in his apartment complex who has the hots for him. And then there's a cop who has taken a dislike to Joe, tailing him at different parts of the day while Joe is trying to tie up loose ends. But it's when Love's ex-boyfriend and her brother monopolize all of Love's time, Joe goes off the rails. As he begins to unwind, adding more and more crimes to his list in order to cover up the past and protect himself from losing Love, Joe finds himself getting careless. It all comes crashing down in the last few chapters of the book, ending at a place where it's very clear, a third book is necessary. Readers will not be OK with this ending, as it opens more holes than the one's Joe's already had to dig for each of his hidden bodies.
Approach & Style
Whereas in the first book, Joe talks to the readers almost as if they are Beck, it's quite different in this second book. It's still told in first person with the perspective only on Joe throughout the whole story; however, there's no concept of "you" this time around. It works just as well, given the title is no longer "You," which means alternative progression is an expected path.
I read a large-sized soft-cover book with ~430 pages. There are 56 chapters, so each one is less than 8 pages long on average. It took me 4 days over the course of a week, as I couldn't read each day; in total, probably about 6 hours. Some sections are a bit slow-paced while others are ultimate page-turners where you probably skip every fifth word just to see more quickly what's happening.
Kepnes can certainly dream up extremely aggravating and realistic characters. Everyone she incorporates feels like someone I've met before, and at times, I wish I could be Joe and punish them for the things they say and do. But I'm a good guy and I don't commit many crimes. I mean any crimes.
When she's on point with a dramatic scene, the plot and action is amazing. A few scenes were just as good as the initial book, especially when Joe is dealing with Delilah and the cop. It's almost like we never left the first book.
Love is a really multi-dimensional woman; she has moments of brilliance followed by sheer silliness. I want her to be with Joe, but sometimes, she seems too good for him.
The settings are crystal clear for the most part. I can always tell where we are and whether it's gonna be a safe zone or all hands to the battle field.
It was such a let-down from the first book. Joe became weak. I didn't buy his drama. He seemed to cause problems for the sake of causing problems. He had the girl. But he let himself get caught up in other areas, ones that made him a true criminal and not a man in love. That's where he becomes a bad stalker. In the first book, he loved the girl so much, you could see why he did the things he did. This time, I struggled connecting with his motivation. He became every other evil antagonist, rather than the guy you wanted to root for.
The ending gets closer to the original strength, but not all the way. I was pleasantly surprised when the last 100 or so pages took the story in quite a different and unexpected direction, but it wasn't enough to turn the book around for me. If this were the only book I read, and I didn't know much about the original plot, it wouldn't have been a book I'd recommend to friends. And that's sad because Joe is an amazing villain. I toyed with giving this less than 3 stars but I know that is mostly the disappointment in ruining a good character. It's redeemable in a third book, so I will have faith things get better.
The story is still good. It's got major problems with his constant quest for sex, which is just an overused plot component in this book. Pull that out. Take out the section where he turns into a whiny mess. And maybe give him a few more close calls, and we're back in the game.
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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.
Joe is now in California after following love there. He has been unlucky in love and he is bound and determined to find Love there and put everything behind him but he can't. He has loose ends and needs to make sure he isn't as sloppy with his future.
I have to admit that Hidden Bodies definitely read like a sequel to me. Meaning that it just didn't hit on the same cylinders as the original. Don't get me wrong, I loved it and enjoyed the story, but the characters and the way Joe interacted with them wasn't on the same level as You. But if you listened to this on audio with Santino, he almost makes up for it. Because Mr Fontana IS MFing JOE!!! His twisted inner dialogue and his fluctuation in his reading style just grabs you.
Overall, another good story but one that left me wanting a little more in some parts and less in others. This one read more like a thriller. Was it because he was in California now? Perhaps. Because it's all about Hollywood, right?
Joe is going to be missed, but now I will need to follow Santino Fontana and see what he does with other characters. Because now, in my mind, IS Joe Goldberg. A little normal and a little psycho. That's my Joe.