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.