You by Caroline Kepnes Book Review

You by Caroline Kepnes is one of the most creepy, mind-bending books I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time.  

The author did an amazing job of maintaining the internal narration of Joe.  On the surface, Joe comes across as a nice, intelligent guy with a strong appreciation and love of books.  We quickly see that he has serious problems as a lovesick psychopath.

He has a very distinct voice that makes the story all the more credible.  I have quoted some excerpts from You in my Friday Post if you’d like to have a look.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

I actually found myself liking Joe at first, or maybe it was pity?  But I found myself hoping at times things would actually tip his way.  That changed quickly when we start to see how far he was willing to go to get what he wants in a very methodical, Dexterish sort of way.

What I liked about You:

  • The voice and narration.
  • The characters were believable, warts and all.
  • There was no guessing  what he was going to do next or what he was capable of.
  • Suspense.  I could not put this book down.

What I didn’t like about You:

  • The basement.  I had a hard time picturing this and found it a little bizarre.  I don’t want give any spoilers but I couldn’t understand why it was built.
  • I’m not sure how I felt about the ending.  Was it realistic?  I’m not sure.  It would be a crazy movie ending, though. Was I disappointed?  Maybe a little, but it did suit the story.

Should be interesting to see what happens in the sequel to You, Hidden Bodies.



11 Replies to “You by Caroline Kepnes Book Review”

      1. Definitely think I would! Looks like my kinda book! I am except my fibro has decided to flare up because of being sick and stressed, which is no surprise. It’s not the worse flare up but still…So resting still since in pain. Which is pain, lol. I’m cutting back on my blogging schedule like we talked about and I got approved by my dept head to teach only online this semester!! Happy dance!! So I’m teaching 3 classes completely online, 2 days on campus with office hours for 3 hours a day, and then I’ll have online hours for Skype, email, and hours for phone. I’m going to miss seated lecture but this will cut down on my stress so much!! I can do my own classwork while working, lol. And stay in my pjs all day and in bed!!! I’m thrilled because I really thought I was going to have to take leave for the semester…


      2. I was looking for this comment so I could reply to it…finally found it!

        I’m sorry to hear your fibro is acting up 😦 That’s miserable, on top of everything else! Rest is the best thing.

        Glad you are cutting back on your blogging but I think you are still posting more than I am! lol

        That’s AWESOME that your dept head approved everything! That is so perfect! You need this right now and everything fell into place 🙂 I’m so happy for you! 😀


      3. Oops, it got lost!! Thankfully it’s not as bad as it could be so there is that!!

        Too funny! I won’t be posting tomorrow and only posted 2x today because I had already written my Top Ten Tuesday post last week and didn’t know what to do with it since I really needed to post my ARC book review today, lol. I need to start working on some of my backlog of book reviews, but I’m going to do a lot of them as mini reviews to get them out of the way and some I’m just not doing if they weren’t ARCs.

        Thanks so much!! I’m so happy too! It was just perfect timing for it to fall into place. ❤


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