Saturday, 27 March 2021

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes | Book Review

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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes - 4/5
Blurb:
"Joe came to Los Angeles to start over, to forget about what happened in New York. But in a darkened room in Soho House everything suddenly changed.

She is like no one he's ever met before. She doesn't know about his past and never can. The problem is, hidden bodies don't always stay that way."

Review:
Oh it was good to be back in the mind of Joe Goldberg. 

Hidden Bodies is a follow up to 'You' so if you haven't read that one yet, you really should as there are a lot of references to things that Joe had done in that book.

At the beginning of Hidden Bodies we meet Amy when she applies for a job at Mooney's, the bookstore where Joe works in New York. She and Joe get into a relationship and Joe thinks this is it. All Joe wants is for someone to love him and make him the centre of their world. He thinks Amy is that person. Unfortunately, Amy had an ulterior motive. She's stolen thousands of dollars' worth of rare books and has gone to LA to try and become an actress. In true Joe style, he finds out where she is and moves to LA himself to try and track her down. He wants her to die.

He throws himself into the lifestyle, making friends and acquaintances all the while still searching for Amy. He happens upon Love and quickly realises that she is the one he's been waiting for. The novel follows their relationship and Joe's relationship with her family, including twin brother Forty.

Joe's past crimes are catching up with him and life isn't all fine and dandy here either. Joe's body count is rising, of course.

It is quite a slow book at the beginning but you get that build up where you just don't know what is going to happen. I love the way that Kepnes writes. Joe is a person you love to hate and it feels like you completely embody him when reading. You are Joe and that archetype does not stray. 

The ending has made me very excited to see where the next book goes.



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