Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day – and have I got the perfect review for you!
What better way to celebrate your other half, than to be thankful Joe Goldberg is not your boyfriend!
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
BUG Rating: 3.5/5
Overall: I didn’t read the previous book YOU, but saw the Netflix adaption, and really loved it. In this instalment, Joe is off to California to track down Amy, who has stolen his rare books from the cage to make it as an actress in L.A. The story follows his search for her and the love interests (and murders) along the way. I had high (really high) hopes for this book – I must start by saying I enjoyed the plot overall, but it was a bit farfetched and there was a lot of ranting, some parts feeling particularly long. I found the writing a bit awkward to read, it seemed much more suitable for screen play – and I believe it will make a pretty awesome second season of YOU.
Love is kind, love is patient but also, mainly, above all—yes—Love is perverted.
Joe Goldberg 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. The case, she is forced to work on with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.
While I didn’t actually read YOU, based on the Netflix adaptation, Hidden Bodies just wasn’t captivating, but I still enjoyed the story. This is the sequel to YOU and we are back with Joe Goldberg – he hasn’t changed a bit!
The story starts off with Joe who’s about to pack up his life in NYC and go to LA on the hunt for Amy who has stolen his rare books from the cage to go start her life in Hollywood as an actress.
I love Joe’s character, he is very intelligent, charming, handsome and a hopelessly romantic stalker . I’ve really enjoyed further exploring his character’s depth in this book. He’s complex, and I would love to know more about what’s made him the way he is. I found myself amused at (some!) of his dark humour … he’s definitely got a wit/sense of humour about him too, despite being a killer. I love how you get to know his every thought. It’s actually really scary, and fascinating how he rationalises his talking and killings. He’s just totally deranged to really think what he’s doing is ok.
We get a new cast too – Love is Joe’s new love interest, so we spend a good deal of the book getting to know her and seeing how hers and Joe’s relationship evolves. There’s plenty of other characters to get to know too, but honestly, I didn’t find them that memorable, but appreciate they all had a role to play in Joe’s life.
There were many sub plots and ‘twists’ (I use the term lightly). I particularly liked the scenes where he was being interrogated (trying to give away no spoilers!) … I wish we had seen more intensity and edge of your seat moments in the book like this. There were some long rants, or reoccurring rants from Joe in the book, which did make for dull reading/eye rolling moments. The book really picked up in its last 100 pages, and I was totally gripped throughout these. Despite my mixed review, I am really hoping they will do a Netflix season two of YOU, based on this book. The storyline has a lot of potential which will definitely make for a good tv binge.