Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Psychological Thriller & Crime
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Overall Rating: 4 stars
Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.
In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice...
My first thought after finishing this book: “It can’t end here. There has to be MORE.” While this book doesn’t end in a cliffhanger per se, I feel like the story can’t possibly end like it did here. It simply can’t. Or I will be SUPER upset! :o) For those who are wondering, this is a SEQUEL to YOU by Caroline Kepnes. In order to fully appreciate and understand the storyline that is going on, you have to read the first book. Overall, for being a sequal I have to admit that this book was FABULULOUS. It is just as good as the first one. This is hard to do because a lot of times the sequels don’t live up to the first book. Like ever. This is not the case with this one though and I am VERY happy about this. I love Joe just as much as I did in the first one. Who would have known that a person like him (a murderous stalker) would get into my heart like this? Utter craziness I tell you! The plot is thick, dynamic, totally engrossing, terrifying in a way that you never know what’s happening in the minds of those who are close to you, and flawlessly told. The book is told completely in Joe’s POV, and this brings about his sadistic tendencies and thoughts in a brilliant way. Overall, I absolutely love this series and I really HOPE this will continue…
This book is about a man named Joe who is just looking for real love. He doesn’t want to be played a fool, and he doesn’t want people to hurt him. So when they do, he does the only thing he knows how to do… He murders them. One would think that there is seriously something wrong with this man. But the way the author portrays him shows you otherwise. He is not a man with a clear mental illness… He is just a normal guy who happens to kill sometimes... It’s all nuts, but totally BRILLIANT. Anyway, in this follow-up we see that Joe is still up to his old ways. He is finding love and losing it. He is getting screwed over, and killing because of it. But when he meets his precious Love, things begin to change. Perhaps his homicidal tendencies have gone away… After all, he needs to be a standup guy for his new “family” right? Well see!
This is an amazing follow-up to YOU and I highly recommend reading both of these books. The author tells a unique tale but gives it enough heart to allow readers to fully understand the character’s motivations. Joe is a very complex character - I mean he kills people right – but he is someone we can all appreciate and love all the same. If you haven’t had the chance to read these books, move them UP on your TBR list. I am not kidding. They are BRILLIANT.
4 Pretty Little Stars