Hidden Bodies (You #2)
THE RIVETING SEQUEL TO THE HIT BOOK YOU, NOW A NETFLIX SERIES“Kepnes hits the mark, cuts deep, and twists the knife.” —Entertainment Weekly“Delicious and insane...The plot may be twisty and scintillating, but its Kepnes’s wit and style that keep you coming back.” —Lena Dunham“Hypnotic and scary.” —Stephen King“Obsessed.” —Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl AliveIn the compulsively readable sequel to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”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…

Hidden Bodies (You #2) Details

TitleHidden Bodies (You #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 1st, 2016
PublisherAtria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN-139781476785639
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary

Hidden Bodies (You #2) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    I buy violets for Amy. Not roses. Roses are for people who did something wrong. I have done everything right this time around. I’m a good boyfriend. I chose well. And so begins the sequel to Kepnes' beautiful little mindfuck - You. We are taken, once again, inside the mind of Joe Goldberg as he, yet again, pursues his "true love". This time, his adventures take him all the way to Los Angeles.Hidden Bodies is good, but honestly, Kepnes has lost a little magic here. I think it was always going to I buy violets for Amy. Not roses. Roses are for people who did something wrong. I have done everything right this time around. I’m a good boyfriend. I chose well. And so begins the sequel to Kepnes' beautiful little mindfuck - You. We are taken, once again, inside the mind of Joe Goldberg as he, yet again, pursues his "true love". This time, his adventures take him all the way to Los Angeles.Hidden Bodies is good, but honestly, Kepnes has lost a little magic here. I think it was always going to be hard. You presented us with a unique kind of narrator - the kind of charming, intelligent, witty sociopath that we all loved to hate. Armed with gorgeous prose and an underlying murderous quality, Joe was something new and surprising.This book is... more of the same. It's beautifully-written and the writing has a dynamic flow that keeps the pages moving quickly, and yet there's no spark of discovery. Readers will come to this book knowing what to expect from Joe and getting it, which, while sometimes enjoyable, does not add much to the story.Joe's narrative is as dark and hilarious as before. I especially liked his criticisms of Los Angeles; even though I personally love the city, it's funny to see his perspective as a New Yorker. His observations are witty and oh so true.But, where the first book was different and shocking, this book was merely "fun". I personally feel You ended in a perfect place to haunt its readers and make them think long after they put the book down. Hidden Bodies attempts to add to a story that didn't really need to be extended - and it shows. The plot occasionally felt like rambling. Joe was less exciting to read about. So, while an entertaining commentary, this book just wasn't needed.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store
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  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ page 188I have some advice for anybody who loved You: avoid this book. It has nowhere near the amount of creepiness and intrigue that the first book did, and nearly 200 pages in, not much had really happened. Not to mention the writing style in this book was garbage compared to the first one! I was constantly cringing at ridiculous character names, and how there were dozens of pop culture references (Buzzfeed, Uber, and Tinder... we get it Joe, now move on) that were sprinkled in with a ve DNF @ page 188I have some advice for anybody who loved You: avoid this book. It has nowhere near the amount of creepiness and intrigue that the first book did, and nearly 200 pages in, not much had really happened. Not to mention the writing style in this book was garbage compared to the first one! I was constantly cringing at ridiculous character names, and how there were dozens of pop culture references (Buzzfeed, Uber, and Tinder... we get it Joe, now move on) that were sprinkled in with a very heavy hand. I've been reading this book for over a week now and I dread picking it up, so rather than torturing myself, I'm going to move on to something else.
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  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    I’m sorry, but this book was not good at all. A super unnecessary sequel that lost absolutely everything that made You such a hit. I don’t think it’s possible for me to be more disappointed. This is one of my least favorite books I’ve ever read.CW: stalking, violence, murder, substance abuseI was deeply disappointed with the direction of Joe’s character. In You, Joe has a unique path of development. It’s clear he is a very twisted man who does horrible, irredeemable things, yet there are moments I’m sorry, but this book was not good at all. A super unnecessary sequel that lost absolutely everything that made You such a hit. I don’t think it’s possible for me to be more disappointed. This is one of my least favorite books I’ve ever read.CW: stalking, violence, murder, substance abuseI was deeply disappointed with the direction of Joe’s character. In You, Joe has a unique path of development. It’s clear he is a very twisted man who does horrible, irredeemable things, yet there are moments that make him seem a little less terrible which keep you fascinated enough to keep reading. The only words I could use to describe Joe in Hidden Bodies is straight up homicidal. In You, he has reasons behind his violent acts - albeit, deluded reasons - but he leads the reader to believe he’s acting out of his own perverse conscience. In Hidden Bodies, if a character breathes wrong, he goes off on a tangent about all the different ways he’d like to murder them. I get that a large part of You is following Joe as he gets more involved with stalking Beck and takes increasing risks to achieve his goals, but it’s as if we hit the height of his character at the end and there was nowhere else for him to go in the second installment. Additionally, his overall characterization was watered down. In book one, it was clear Joe genuinely believed he was in love with Beck and working towards her greater interests, but I refuse to believe Joe “loved” any of the women he claimed to love in book two. (I mean you can also argue Joe was never capable of loving Beck in the first place, but my point is in regard to how Joe treats the new love interests in comparison to Beck when he claims to love them even MORE than her.) There was no chemistry, nothing from Joe’s end to suggest he felt more than attracted towards them, yet the author attempts to fabricate this nonexistent emotion from Joe. Moreover, the secondary characters were so vapid and one-dimensional. The characters of You were all equally flawed and infuriating, but they brought something to the story. They were unique and necessary. Every character in Hidden Bodies could have been replaced with any stereotypical Los Angeles “wannabe” with interpersonal issues. There was nothing enticing about ANY character in this book, which made it much more difficult to sit through their flat personalities.Another shining element of You that is absent in Hidden Bodies was the second person narrative. Having a story told from the perspective of a stalker with a dual relationship TO the person being stalked without their knowledge was creepy, unsettling, and extremely unique. Without Joe telling the story to Beck, it lost all that magic that was created in book one. Obviously, the perspective had to change but in doing so, it reverted the book to any other adult thriller. The writing itself was fair; I can’t say I noticed a significant decline from You, but it was no longer notable.The plot was also SUPER boring. I could not stand to put down You but I was begging for the end of Hidden Bodies very early on. Even the moments that should have evoked suspense and intensity were muted due to the lack of chemistry between characters and lack of urgency because everyone else was just SO DUMB. The worst part is that that the most exciting plot twist from Hidden Bodies was actually a twist that was reused from You. Even with all of the decline from book one, we couldn’t just get something new in a sequel to a best-selling novel? It almost felt like the author gave up trying to create something fresh within this world and tried to rely on the success of book one to sell the sequel. The SINGULAR decent part of Hidden Bodies is when the storyline does cross over back to the events of You (Despite being a sequel, the premise of book two doesn’t actually have much to do with the actual events of book one for a lot of the story). This was the only part of the novel to make me excited to find out what happened next and captured what I loved about book one. Then again, it just further proves that Hidden Bodies is woefully subpar to it’s predecessor and it was nowhere near enough to carry this story.Overall, this book was a total disappointment. If you enjoyed You as much as myself, be kind to yourself and skip this one. This is the most unnecessary sequel to ever be written. I desperately wish I hadn’t read it and allowed it to partially taint my view of one of my favorite thriller novels. Not worth your time.
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    Caroline Kepnes, I don't know if you know this or not but you are building a legion of fangirls and boys. We will follow you.......... Joe is that character that you are not sure you should admit to liking. You sure as hell shouldn't publicly acclaim just how much you adore him. Joe falls for Amy, that chick from the end of the last book that gave him a fake credit card. She is so perfect for him. They get each other.Then the scamming heifer takes off after robbing him. Joe is not going to let Caroline Kepnes, I don't know if you know this or not but you are building a legion of fangirls and boys. We will follow you.......... Joe is that character that you are not sure you should admit to liking. You sure as hell shouldn't publicly acclaim just how much you adore him. Joe falls for Amy, that chick from the end of the last book that gave him a fake credit card. She is so perfect for him. They get each other.Then the scamming heifer takes off after robbing him. Joe is not going to let that go. They had a relationship. It's unreal that she would do this. So now poor Joe heads to somewhere he never thought he would go. Hollywood. Los Angeles is full of places to hide a body, but when the person inside the body doesn't love you, it's not an easy thing, turning that breathing person into a dead one.Joe even breaks down and has friends...and joins facebook. Then Joe meets Love. Joe has that relationship. He has a match! Love loves Joe. This book did go slow in places but Kepnes writes so damn well that I couldn't put it down. You have to know where she is going with her stories. Even when I figured stuff out I still wanted more. I want more...and then some more.So rest up Caroline Kepnes, please keep Joe going strong. Eat, rest and please keep writing. So I Lyfted to Home Depot where I bought random stuff, rope and duct tape, plastic bags, cable ties, and plastic gloves. The girl at the register winked and said she's also a big fan of "Fifty Shades" and this is what has become of our society.Fucking and killing are the same damn thing.
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  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    I loved 'You' and started 'Hidden Bodies' immediately after I finished it. Looking back, I think that maybe I should have taken a break from the endearingly crazy Joe. Two books full of his rants and rationalizations back to back was just too much. Joe's special brand of crazy is probably best served in small doses. I absolutely loved him, but soon grew irritated with his antics. You really can get too much of a good thing.After the way things ended for Beck, Joe finds a new object of obsession, I loved 'You' and started 'Hidden Bodies' immediately after I finished it. Looking back, I think that maybe I should have taken a break from the endearingly crazy Joe. Two books full of his rants and rationalizations back to back was just too much. Joe's special brand of crazy is probably best served in small doses. I absolutely loved him, but soon grew irritated with his antics. You really can get too much of a good thing.After the way things ended for Beck, Joe finds a new object of obsession, Amy. Pretty soon, he's following her - unbeknownst to her, of course - across the country. In no time, Joe integrates himself into the lifestyle of a struggling Hollywood writer. Along the way, Joe makes some new friends and gains some new love interests. As we know, where there is a love interest for Joe, there's bound to be some hidden bodies. This book was no exception.Overall, I found this to be a good story. I think I would have liked it more if I had taken a little break between books 1 and 2. I absolutely love Joe as a character, but by midway through 'Hidden Bodies' his craziness was starting to get on my nerves. I think his quirks are best handled a little at a time. I give it 3.5 stars.See more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    3 out of 5 stars to Hidden Bodies, the second book in a thriller and suspense series by Caroline Kepnes. Last month, my buddy Medhat suggested a read of You, the first novel in the series. It was such a fantastic book, probably in my top 2 of 2017 to date, that I had to continue reading the series. I've heard rumors there will be a third book, but I've yet to see it confirmed. I need to check on that! I am also completely excited as Lifetime is turning the books into a television series. I can't 3 out of 5 stars to Hidden Bodies, the second book in a thriller and suspense series by Caroline Kepnes. Last month, my buddy Medhat suggested a read of You, the first novel in the series. It was such a fantastic book, probably in my top 2 of 2017 to date, that I had to continue reading the series. I've heard rumors there will be a third book, but I've yet to see it confirmed. I need to check on that! I am also completely excited as Lifetime is turning the books into a television series. I can't wait... but until then, let's get on with the review of this second book. While I enjoyed several parts of it, it doesn't hold a candle to the first book and I'll explain why below. Plot, Characters & Setting When we left off at the end of You, our protagonist/villain, Joe, completed his vicious cycle of crossing many lines and breaking tons of laws in NYC all in the name of love, also known to most people as stalking your prey. Yet he escaped without anyone knowing of his crimes and found himself falling in love with a new potential victim, Amy Adam. Joe begins trusting Amy, realizing she's a much-improved version of his last girlfriend, Beck. Amy begins pushing him for a key to his bookstore, which we all know from reading the first book contains a few secrets Joe would prefer stay buried, like some bodies. He hides everything as much as he possibly can, caving in to his girlfriend in order to hold on to her. When he arrives for work a few days later, the place has been robbed and Amy is missing. Did she do it? Was she kidnapped as payback for his prior crimes? What does she know? You'll find out... he finds a lead that shows she may be in Los Angeles. Joe quits his job and moves cross-country, where he meets an interesting cast of characters in his typical LA apartment. He negotiates/manipulates his way into working closely with a few Hollywood type agents and producers, finding himself falling in love with a new woman, coincidentally named Love.Love is perfect for Joe. She adores him. And he soon forgets about Amy. All seems well for a short period of time. But he keeps worrying about the one piece of evidence of his former crimes back in Rhode Island... and it drives him nearly insane, especially when the case is re-opened. He knows he has to find a way to retrieve it without anyone seeing him in the victim's house. Unfortunately, he's distracted by Delilah, one of the women in his apartment complex who has the hots for him. And then there's a cop who has taken a dislike to Joe, tailing him at different parts of the day while Joe is trying to tie up loose ends. But it's when Love's ex-boyfriend and her brother monopolize all of Love's time, Joe goes off the rails. As he begins to unwind, adding more and more crimes to his list in order to cover up the past and protect himself from losing Love, Joe finds himself getting careless. It all comes crashing down in the last few chapters of the book, ending at a place where it's very clear, a third book is necessary. Readers will not be OK with this ending, as it opens more holes than the one's Joe's already had to dig for each of his hidden bodies. Approach & Style Whereas in the first book, Joe talks to the readers almost as if they are Beck, it's quite different in this second book. It's still told in first person with the perspective only on Joe throughout the whole story; however, there's no concept of "you" this time around. It works just as well, given the title is no longer "You," which means alternative progression is an expected path.I read a large-sized soft-cover book with ~430 pages. There are 56 chapters, so each one is less than 8 pages long on average. It took me 4 days over the course of a week, as I couldn't read each day; in total, probably about 6 hours. Some sections are a bit slow-paced while others are ultimate page-turners where you probably skip every fifth word just to see more quickly what's happening. Strengths Kepnes can certainly dream up extremely aggravating and realistic characters. Everyone she incorporates feels like someone I've met before, and at times, I wish I could be Joe and punish them for the things they say and do. But I'm a good guy and I don't commit many crimes. I mean any crimes.When she's on point with a dramatic scene, the plot and action is amazing. A few scenes were just as good as the initial book, especially when Joe is dealing with Delilah and the cop. It's almost like we never left the first book. Love is a really multi-dimensional woman; she has moments of brilliance followed by sheer silliness. I want her to be with Joe, but sometimes, she seems too good for him.The settings are crystal clear for the most part. I can always tell where we are and whether it's gonna be a safe zone or all hands to the battle field. Concerns It was such a let-down from the first book. Joe became weak. I didn't buy his drama. He seemed to cause problems for the sake of causing problems. He had the girl. But he let himself get caught up in other areas, ones that made him a true criminal and not a man in love. That's where he becomes a bad stalker. In the first book, he loved the girl so much, you could see why he did the things he did. This time, I struggled connecting with his motivation. He became every other evil antagonist, rather than the guy you wanted to root for.The ending gets closer to the original strength, but not all the way. I was pleasantly surprised when the last 100 or so pages took the story in quite a different and unexpected direction, but it wasn't enough to turn the book around for me. If this were the only book I read, and I didn't know much about the original plot, it wouldn't have been a book I'd recommend to friends. And that's sad because Joe is an amazing villain. I toyed with giving this less than 3 stars but I know that is mostly the disappointment in ruining a good character. It's redeemable in a third book, so I will have faith things get better. Final Thoughts The story is still good. It's got major problems with his constant quest for sex, which is just an overused plot component in this book. Pull that out. Take out the section where he turns into a whiny mess. And maybe give him a few more close calls, and we're back in the game. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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  • Esil
    January 1, 1970
    Oh dear, Ms. Kepnes. You got me with You, but clearly you were out to get someone else with Hidden Bodies. What I found clever and enticing in You seems to have vanished, and in its place you took me on a crude meandering journey that felt too long -- way too long -- and pointless. In fact, it’s almost like you knew exactly what to do to shake me off. Instead of the bookish New York setting in You, you set Hidden Bodies in Hollywood with no literary references whatsoever. And focusing on Hollywo Oh dear, Ms. Kepnes. You got me with You, but clearly you were out to get someone else with Hidden Bodies. What I found clever and enticing in You seems to have vanished, and in its place you took me on a crude meandering journey that felt too long -- way too long -- and pointless. In fact, it’s almost like you knew exactly what to do to shake me off. Instead of the bookish New York setting in You, you set Hidden Bodies in Hollywood with no literary references whatsoever. And focusing on Hollywood, you mocked the vapid world of the wannabe young actors and film makers -- but that got old – and did I mention crude -- pretty quickly. And you even dropped the second person singular narrative voice that had really got me in You. And Joe the stalker just seemed icky and pathetic – there was nothing tugging at my sympathy strings this time. I almost gave up a few times -- and I must confess that I did some pretty heavy duty skimming -- but I had to read to the end to make sure you hadn’t set some kind of trap for me somewhere along the way. But no – from beginning to end, you were determined to shake me off. Hey, I get it, you’ve moved on and now you clearly have your sights on someone else. And it looks like you’ve succeeded, because many readers seem to have loved Hidden Bodies. That’s fine. My feelings aren’t hurt. You’ve lost interest in me. I’ve lost interest in you. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/BUMP FOR RELEASE DATE TODAAAAAAAAY 2/23/16. I rarely bump for release date, but Joe has held on to the title of my favorite character and Kepnes has held on to the title of best book I read two years running so Hidden Bodies deserves it. Please note if you are of the non-Joe-fangirl variety you probably should steer well clear of this space. My behavior makes his look pretty normal : )THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN ZERO SPOILERS, BUT WILL BE Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/BUMP FOR RELEASE DATE TODAAAAAAAAY 2/23/16. I rarely bump for release date, but Joe has held on to the title of my favorite character and Kepnes has held on to the title of best book I read two years running so Hidden Bodies deserves it. Please note if you are of the non-Joe-fangirl variety you probably should steer well clear of this space. My behavior makes his look pretty normal : )THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN ZERO SPOILERS, BUT WILL BE FULL OF IDIOTIC FANGIRL SQUEEING. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK Mic check 1 2 1 2. Is my auto-tuner working, yo? A’ight, here goes [using my best T Pain voice] . . . He trippin’ he playin’ I'm not goin’ nowhere boy I'm stayin’I’M IN LOVE WITH A STRIPPER STALKERIn what was easily my most anticipated release of 2015, Hidden Bodies brings the return of Joe - my favorite anti-hero to date. While You was written all about the “you” Joe happened to be stalking enamored with, Hidden Bodies is all about the “we” as Joe finds love. This is one of those series (and Joe is one of those characters) that you either get or you don’t. It’s totally cool if stalkers and body counts aren’t your idea of a good time, and it’s A-Okay to give it 1 Star (or to not give it the time of day at all). However, if you’re like me and gave in to the crazy the first time around, hopefully you’ll fall even a little harder for Joe this time. Kepnes’ writing makes it nearly impossible not to . . . “I don’t believe in love at first sight. But I do believe in electricity, the way it can recharge you. I am healing.” I also have to make the observation that catching the last train for the coast was sheer genius. The pop culture references abound in La-La Land, when Joe becomes an “Old Sport” who hobnobs with modern-day Gatsbys . . . I’m still amazed how quickly Kepnes can make me forget the minor inconvenience of Joe Goldberg being a complete nutter . . . “We live here now, in this room, in these sheets, like a fucking John Mayer song come to life.” Even when what he’s saying is straight up cray . . . “I wanted to place my hand on the small of her back and lead her down to the cage, where the special books are preserved, boxed, saved. I wanted to strip her down and lock us inside and have her.” I was going to give this one 4 Stars because it did get a wee bit draggy in some spots. But you know what? F*&^ that! Kudos to you, Ms. Kepnes for staying true to Joe, staying true to the story, and staying true to your fanbase. I anxiously await the conclusion to Joe’s story. My only wish – that you would have kept the original title Love. After all, Joe is the perfect example that . . . ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ENDLESS THANKS TO YOU, NETGALLEY!
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  • Justin
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at page 84I wasn't kidding when I said this is the worst book I've ever read. This is seriously the worst book I've ever read. Every other book I actually finished and awarded one star and every other book I never finished because it sucked... all of those books are a million times better than this garbage that masquerades itself as a book. Caroline Kepnes has to be a pseudonym for a thirteen year old boy who just learned about sex from his friend and spends his days watching porn and eating DNF at page 84I wasn't kidding when I said this is the worst book I've ever read. This is seriously the worst book I've ever read. Every other book I actually finished and awarded one star and every other book I never finished because it sucked... all of those books are a million times better than this garbage that masquerades itself as a book. Caroline Kepnes has to be a pseudonym for a thirteen year old boy who just learned about sex from his friend and spends his days watching porn and eating Cheetos. This is the most poorly written excuse for a book ever, and Kepnes can't put a sentence together without something explicit, sexual or otherwise. There are so many more deserving authors who could benefit from a glimmer of the spotlight she has somehow drunkenly staggered herself into these days. There is not one redeeming quality about this book. It's pretentious, disgusting, uninspired, juvenile, immature, pathetic, and sad. It deserves no place in any bookstore or library, and all copies of this book should be burned or buried somewhere so we can all forget it was ever written.
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  • Delee
    January 1, 1970
    I always worry when a second book in a series comes out- will it be a good as the first one? In this case...I would have to say a BIG YES! If you loved Joe as much as I did in- You...You will not mind having him weed out some of the pesky folk that have the unfortunate fate- to come up against him in the sequel- HIDDEN BODIES....and do I feel guilty for loving a serial killer that sees some of these idiots as mere inconveniences to be be brushed aside to make his life easier? No...no I don't. Af I always worry when a second book in a series comes out- will it be a good as the first one? In this case...I would have to say a BIG YES! If you loved Joe as much as I did in- You...You will not mind having him weed out some of the pesky folk that have the unfortunate fate- to come up against him in the sequel- HIDDEN BODIES....and do I feel guilty for loving a serial killer that sees some of these idiots as mere inconveniences to be be brushed aside to make his life easier? No...no I don't. After all this is fiction...and they are reeaaaaaaaaaaaally annoying. Go Joe! ;)Joe is back! And after his relationship with Beck "ended" in YOU- Joe quickly sets his sights on the mysterious Amy. She shows up looking for employment at the perfect time and Joe is intrigued. Where Beck was an open book, laying everything out online for him to track and follow, Amy believes in none of that. He hires her...and shortly after, makes her his girlfriend- and falls head over heels.For awhile life is wonderful- and Joe settles into utter bliss with "off the grid" Amy...but as her true nature reveals itself- he realizes finding a girl exactly the opposite of Beck may not have been the wisest choice. Now that she has deceived him and fled- finding and dealing with her is a tad more complicated than he would have liked.So Joe packs his bags and leaves New York City, following Amy's almost non-existent trail to Los Angles.......entering a very different world than he was used to....and getting sidetracked from his mission to rid the world of Amy- when he meets THE REAL girl of his dreams...Love....but Love comes with her own set of problems. As Joe is finding out the hard way- no girl is perfect...sometimes unfortunately for him...and sometimes unfortunately for her. Which category Love fits in- You will have to read to find out.In the most simple terms- if you loved Joe the first time- you will probably love him the second time. If you hated him and found his journey to find a soulmate that he didn't want to kill less than satisfying- the odds are you should probably stop at YOU...but seriously what fun would that be?Thank you NetGalley for providing me this gloooooooooooorious book to read and review!
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  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsI don't think I've ever loved a murderer as much I as love Joe Goldberg. I'm not sure if I should admit to that, but I don't care, he is just so damn entertaining. Caroline Kepnes has created one of the most fascinating characters I've ever had the pleasure to read. I'm not trying to turn into a gushing fangirl, but in all honestly I find her storytelling, her characters, and her writing simply brilliant. Hidden Bodies is quirky and addicting, with an element of underlying dark humor, I 4.5 StarsI don't think I've ever loved a murderer as much I as love Joe Goldberg. I'm not sure if I should admit to that, but I don't care, he is just so damn entertaining. Caroline Kepnes has created one of the most fascinating characters I've ever had the pleasure to read. I'm not trying to turn into a gushing fangirl, but in all honestly I find her storytelling, her characters, and her writing simply brilliant. Hidden Bodies is quirky and addicting, with an element of underlying dark humor, I loved it.Hidden Bodies picks up where You ended, effortlessly continuing the story of my favorite little sociopath. Poor Joe is just looking for love, but unfortunately for him, and those who cross his path, he has yet to find it. After things with Beck crashed and burned, he finds Amy, she is everything Beck wasn't, maybe he got it right this time? Or maybe not, when she robs him and takes off to Hollywood, Joe decides he has to find her, they were happy and he loved her, why would she do this??? She knew I was fucked up and alone. She knew I wanted a blowjob and a girlfriend and she knew I wanted these things so badly that I would let her watch Cocktail fifty times a fucking week in my bed, that I would give her a fucking key. I did that and I can't undo it. But I can find her. I can eliminate her. Arriving in California Joe finds himself doing things he was adamantly against, he joins Facebook, makes friends, all part of his plan to find and punish Amy, but something unexpected happens, he meets Love. Amy and I had sex and heat. Beck dangled a carrot and I bit. But Love and I grow the carrots, and peel them, and eat them together. Hidden Bodies introduces a whole new cast of characters, and Joe's body count continues to climb. With a few unexpected twist and turns and the dreaded mugofurine plaguing his mind, Joe's life is constantly changing, but he may find more than revenge in LA, he may finally find love. *ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Judith
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 It is possible to know people. They show you who they are. You just have to be looking.” I've been desperate to get my hands on this and it certainly didn't disappoint.I read this in 24 hours,I could not put it down.The story picks up where book one ended.This probably could be read as a standalone as events from the first book are well explained but I STRONGLY advise reading You so you can truly understand Joe.So after Joe's involvement with Beck ended he is with Amy.Now Amy is nothing l 4.5 It is possible to know people. They show you who they are. You just have to be looking.” I've been desperate to get my hands on this and it certainly didn't disappoint.I read this in 24 hours,I could not put it down.The story picks up where book one ended.This probably could be read as a standalone as events from the first book are well explained but I STRONGLY advise reading You so you can truly understand Joe.So after Joe's involvement with Beck ended he is with Amy.Now Amy is nothing like Beck.She's not superficial ( or so he thinks ),she's not into social media which means he can't keep tabs on her like he could with Beck.But,hey......they are the same and he falls hard.Until one day she steals from him and disappears.Now Joe is not going to accept this so he leaves New York and moves to Hollywood to track her down with only one thing on his mind.....revenge......He finds himself in an alien world for him.He has to start interacting firstly on social media and also in life.But soon thoughts of Amy disappear when he meets Love.The story is told only from Joe's pov and while his thoughts(and actions) are dark they are so witty at times.I think I said this in my review for You I know it's wrong but I couldn't help loving Joe and routing for him.This is a brilliant psychological thriller with a totally f*cked up character that I absolutely adore.Great secondary characters that are very well developed even if some are despicable.Highly recommended.......
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  • Lindsey Rey
    January 1, 1970
    [I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]Loooooooooved it! I'd say this series is Dexter meets House of Cards and I seriously love every second of it. I need a third book ASAP! I liked this book slightly less than the first one - the only reason being is there was a few too many references to random celebrities and modern things (e.g. Buzzfeed) and sometimes they felt overdone. I still absolutely loved it and what it did to my brain and Joe's character and how m [I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]Loooooooooved it! I'd say this series is Dexter meets House of Cards and I seriously love every second of it. I need a third book ASAP! I liked this book slightly less than the first one - the only reason being is there was a few too many references to random celebrities and modern things (e.g. Buzzfeed) and sometimes they felt overdone. I still absolutely loved it and what it did to my brain and Joe's character and how much it surprised me. Highly, highly recommend!
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATE: I had originally given "Hidden Bodies" 2 stars when I read it in July. Now that I've had time to fully digest it, I think I was actually too generous with my 2 star rating, a 1 star rating is much more appropriate. What the hell did I just read?!?! I'll be honest, I felt like "You" was perfect the way it ended. "You" is one of my favorite novels I've read this year. It's unique, (second person narrative) sexy, intriguing, and beautifully written. So by the time, the sequel, "Hidden Bodie UPDATE: I had originally given "Hidden Bodies" 2 stars when I read it in July. Now that I've had time to fully digest it, I think I was actually too generous with my 2 star rating, a 1 star rating is much more appropriate. What the hell did I just read?!?! I'll be honest, I felt like "You" was perfect the way it ended. "You" is one of my favorite novels I've read this year. It's unique, (second person narrative) sexy, intriguing, and beautifully written. So by the time, the sequel, "Hidden Bodies" was released in February, I was reluctant to read it. All my close friends seemed to enjoy it, so I decided to keep an open-mind and give it a chance. You know, sometimes I really need to listen to that little voice in my head saying, "No, don't read it, it won't be as good as the original!" Well, I've learned my lesson. Intuition is good, peer-pressure is bad!"Hidden Bodies" is a 400+ train wreck. Joe is a pretentious know-it-all this time around. All his creepy but likeable charm is gone. I didn't root for him like I did in "You". I didn't really care about his obsessive need for revenge this time around. The whole Amy Adam storyline was completely pointless. If Joe is so smart like he claims to be, why couldn't he tell Amy was not a nice person? You want to know why? Because Joe sees what he wants to see. He thinks with his dick. Just being honest. Speaking of private parts, there was WAY TOO MUCH VULGARITY in this book! I swear it's all about sex, sex, and more sex. I'm not a prude but I got sick of hearing about Joe's sexual appetite every other page. Less is more, Caroline Kepnes. Now there were graphic sex scenes in "You" but the sexual tension was much more appealing in that book. Joe "chased" Beck. Joe doesn't have to "chase" anybody in "Hidden Bodies" because EVERY woman wants him. So unrealistic. How "hot" could this lonely, angry, depressed, pathetic little nerd be? Just saying. The pacing of the plot is slow-moving. Halfway though, we are introduced to Love and Forty (yes, those are names, their parents are big tennis fans). Joe begins a sexual relationship with Love VERY quickly. He loves to be in Love. His words, not mine. Gross. And Joe becomes friends with the irresponsible and drug-addicted, Forty. Truthfully, this when I lost interest in the story. Basically, a bunch of silly crap unravels and Joe does what he does best...gets revenge. We meet other characters like Henderson and Delilah, and Love and Forty's idiot parents but really, who cares? Long story short, NOTHING HAPPENS IN THIS BOOK! Well, nothing of value anyway. The ending is dumb and predictable and I'm 95% sure there will be a third book, but I won't waste my time and money reading it. This book suuuuuuucks! Worst line:"She kisses me as my cock delves into her and we are perfect together and I am better for knowing her and I'm still convinced that there's a special department in heaven where they build vaginas and if you're lucky like I am, one day you happen upon the one that was build for you." Eww! I'm going to pretend this travesty of a novel NEVER happened.
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  • Edward Lorn
    January 1, 1970
    Just got an email from Amazon that my hardcover has shipped! Can I get a "FUCK YEAH!" Also, I'm bumping this review to remind everyone that this comes out in two days, February 23. Buy it. Buy one to read and one to collect. Buy your friend a copy. Buy your pet chinchilla Bernie a copy! WINNER: BEST BOOK OF 2015!From the jump, we will get rid of my one and only complaint. I prefer the original title of this book. According to GoodReads, Hidden Bodies was originally entitled Love. I can only imag Just got an email from Amazon that my hardcover has shipped! Can I get a "FUCK YEAH!" Also, I'm bumping this review to remind everyone that this comes out in two days, February 23. Buy it. Buy one to read and one to collect. Buy your friend a copy. Buy your pet chinchilla Bernie a copy! WINNER: BEST BOOK OF 2015!From the jump, we will get rid of my one and only complaint. I prefer the original title of this book. According to GoodReads, Hidden Bodies was originally entitled Love. I can only imagine the publishers and/or author decided to change it because there are roughly a quadrillion books with "Love" in their titles. This is unfortunate because Love is the perfect title for this novel. It covers the theme and the plot and the subtext. Everything in this book is about love. No worries, though, as this book is far removed from sappy. Hidden Bodies is one of those rare books that surpasses the pop culture material it references. You'll see nods to Mr Mercedes and Less Than Zero, and while the majority of this book happens in the same state as Bret Easton Ellis's debut novel, Caroline Kepnes's book resides in a world all its own. Hidden Bodies also claims a rare spot in literature by being a sequel that does not suck. It is, in my opinion, as good as its predecessor. Hidden Bodies is a different animal. It has different scenery. A different story to tell. Different characters. Even a different style of prose.Kepnes's debut effort, You, was written in second-person present tense; our narrator Joe Goldberg speaks directly to the woman currently holding his interest, as if she's always there to listen. It was a fresh experience. It worked to cement the tone of the work. Besides, there will never be another You like Guinevere Beck. Hidden Bodies is written in first-person present. This switch is needed because we do not follow one obsession throughout the novel. For a goodly amount of time, the reader hasn't a clue who Joe is going to latch onto next, or if he'll get the revenge he feels he deserves. All that is only a small part of the magic going on inside Hidden Bodies.Kepnes has a talent for sleight of hand. "Hey, you, look over here while I do this other thing behind your back." Twice in the same novel, I forgot what kind of person our narrator is. I'd be riding along on cruise control, enjoying how Kepnes turned a phrase, or I'd be snickering at some reference that is certainly only there for fanservice, and then Joe would remind me how truly unstable he is. This was as effective as a deer jumping in front of my car in the middle of city traffic. The first bathroom scene is one of the best since Psycho (I do not say that lightly), and it is made all that more effective by being in the psycho's head. The second bathroom scene had my heart playing "Wipeout" on my ribs. That was intense. I've not read a scene that nerve shattering in a long time. Finally, I must give credit to the author for caring about every single character she brought on stage, right down to Harvey. Yeah, I noticed. I actually shed a tear or two after finding out how he ends up. This was a small character, only referenced a handful of times, and Kepnes treated him with compassion and allowed him his own ending, his own complete albeit short story. Other authors would have moved on and forgotten about little ol' Harvey. This is what sets Kepnes apart from many novelists working today. You can tell she loves her cast, from the small roles to the horribly irredeemable ones. Moreover, this woman's writing is simply damn fun to read. I believe I have a new favorite novelist, friends and neighbors. In summation: Caroline Kepnes has her finger on the pulse of Today. She's counting the beats and taking notes. Because of this, she knows how to make our hearts race, how to steal them, and how to break them. Yes, You and Hidden Bodies are about a terrible human being, but it is in his mental illness that we all find the comfort of familiarity, because, as Robert Bloch once wrote, “I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.” Highest possible recommendation. Final Judgment: I feel bad for the rest of the books I have to read this year.(Thanks to Atria Publishing, NetGalley, and the author for allowing me to read an advance review copy of this novel. I almost wish you hadn't though, because I have no idea what to read next.)
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  • ❄️Nani❄️
    January 1, 1970
    Nop. I think Joe deserves better than 3.75 stars (original rating). So I’m upping it to 4. Right so, after the awesomeness of YOU, to say I was giddy with excitement to read Hidden Bodies would be a gross understatement. And, well... what I expected to get and what I got were two different things.It’s nearly half a year since the concluding events of YOU and Joe’s got a new woman in his life, Amy Adam. He is completely smitten with her as she’s everything Beck (the girl who stole his heart in bo Nop. I think Joe deserves better than 3.75 stars (original rating). So I’m upping it to 4. Right so, after the awesomeness of YOU, to say I was giddy with excitement to read Hidden Bodies would be a gross understatement. And, well... what I expected to get and what I got were two different things.It’s nearly half a year since the concluding events of YOU and Joe’s got a new woman in his life, Amy Adam. He is completely smitten with her as she’s everything Beck (the girl who stole his heart in book #1) isn’t, and the pair enjoys a wild romance after Amy goes to work for Joe at Mooney Books. However, she too isn't all that she's cracked up to be as she steals rare first edition books from the store worth thousands of dollars and flees to Los Angeles without him knowing. One might obviously say he has a type… Joe’s angry AND impressed that someone could best him-ever the narcissist-; and despite his dislike of all things LA, he follows—or more accurately stalks—Amy to the West Coast, where he's soon immersed, much to his dismay, in the uninspired and pretentious lifestyle of Hollywood wannabes. "Making it in Hollywood is the most disgusting phrase in the English language. It's more disturbing than prolific serial killer and rare uncurable decease."Now, onto what I liked and didn’t:what I loved:Joe, Joe and… Joe in all his glories.what I didn’t:everything else.Joe didn't do much socialising with anyone outside of his beloved Beck, in YOU—which couldn't have been more perfect. I mean, call me greedy but I wanted him all to myself without the interruption of annoying side characters—, so, some might call the change in Hidden Bodies enlightening or… interesting, to see him interact with others for a change. I call it redundant and the rest of the cast - a hindrance. And FUCKING ANNOYING.Similarly to YOU, the characters were not particularly likeable nor relatable and I hated them all. There was not a single redeemable character—apart from… you guessed it—. I found them to be so painfully one-dimensional and lacking in depth, to say the least.I also found the plot underwhelming as it didn't have the same urgency and edge to it like YOU did. And though I liked that the ending was somewhat ambiguous with Joe's future undecided, I didn't like the execution one bit. So, why you ask, then did I give this 4 stars? because Joes is That. Dang. Good! He was the only thing that gave this book its worth. I've described him the best I could in my review of YOU but here’s a little more here:He is still the same crazy and unhinged, batshit psychopath that we remember and this time around, I felt like I got a lot more out of him and his screwed up, demented principles. “This, this is why you have to kill people. If you don’t, they don’t learn anything.” "I cuffed his arms with cable ties. I know it's demeaning, I miss my cage where I didn't have to be reduced to this kind of thing." He’s scathing and charismatic as ever and his aura of charm and sophistication is still intact. His narrative voice is so blunt and uncensored, and he holds nothing back. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants and offing the people he comes across, be it of pure dislike or because they get in his way really doesn’t require a second thought. However, contrary to how he's described, he's neither bloodthirsty nor cold, far from it. It's simply a matter of - his way or no way. Or more accurately, his way or... death. He is also both self-aware and terribly deluded. “In the past, I had a tendency to be intense; you might even call it obsessive,” “Beck was such a mess that in order to take care of her, I had to follow her home and hack into her email and worry about her Facebook and her Twitter and her nonstop texting, all the contradictions, the lies.” "I’ve never harmed an animal. I can’t imagine being that sort of monster." I mean, the irony alone...😂In short, he’s a gem, guys!Now, before we wrap up, let’s go back to the ending, shall we? The way the plot was going, I didn't know what to expect but suffice it to say I did not expect THAT. Don't get me wrong, I was pleased with the fairly vague ending, however, just like with YOU, it felt incredibly rushed and not well thought out. It was as mashed-up as the plot was. Trigger warning: This novel contains scenes of explicit acts of physical violence, detailed descriptions of sexual acts and some substance abuse, particularly in terms of drug use. If these sound troubling to read, I highly advise steering clear of this book.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    You all will be happy to know that I have enjoyed Hidden Bodies significantly more that You! I'm still not sure why I had a hard time taking a liking to her first book. Maybe because I felt so much of the beginning was setting up the story, whereas in this book the story is full blown and we are thrown back in the middle of it. I actually liked Joe more in this book than the last one; I also felt the author's writing was stronger this go around. Definitely a believer now and am anticipating anot You all will be happy to know that I have enjoyed Hidden Bodies significantly more that You! I'm still not sure why I had a hard time taking a liking to her first book. Maybe because I felt so much of the beginning was setting up the story, whereas in this book the story is full blown and we are thrown back in the middle of it. I actually liked Joe more in this book than the last one; I also felt the author's writing was stronger this go around. Definitely a believer now and am anticipating another book from her in the future!Thank you so much Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest and fair review.
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  • Imane
    January 1, 1970
    “A book lets you choose how much of the blood you want to see. A book gives you the permission to see the story as you want, as your mind directs.” ―Caroline Kepnes, Hidden Bodies 3.75/5Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one as much as "You", I felt like Joe was less exciting to read about, also the 2nd person style narration that I absolutely loved in the first book was gone and the whole journey felt too long.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 Generally I have a fairly clear picture concerning how I feel about a book and what exactly I will say in my video review. However with Hidden Bodies, whether I was 50 pages into this or finishing it, my feelings have been and still are decidedly mixed. I'll hopefully film a review of this on Thursday!
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    Did this book really take me nine days to read?! That alone tells the whole story. I put this on the hold the second I heard about it. I expected it to be published in September of last year. Waiting until February was torturous, though not, as it turns out, as torturous as trying to get through this bizarre sequel. I understand that the author was poking fun at LA but this was too long, too over-the-top, and too unbelievable for me. Joe, what happened to YOU?! 2 stars.
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListI hate to say I didn't love this one like I did the first book. The first book blew me away. But, I still love Joe <---Yes, I know your not supposed to love killers but he was just so good at in the first book. He's not so bad at it in this book either, but everyone messes up right? We are introduced to a whole new set of characters when Joe follows Amy to LA, he doesn't want to go there, but you know Joe. He has a few trysts in LA and one serious relatio MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListI hate to say I didn't love this one like I did the first book. The first book blew me away. But, I still love Joe <---Yes, I know your not supposed to love killers but he was just so good at in the first book. He's not so bad at it in this book either, but everyone messes up right? We are introduced to a whole new set of characters when Joe follows Amy to LA, he doesn't want to go there, but you know Joe. He has a few trysts in LA and one serious relationship. It's kind of weird because Joe starts to want to write screenplays and stuff, I won't go into all of that, you can read it yourself. Joe does keep stressing over the cup of urine he left in that closet. If you read the first book you will know what I mean. Lol. It's one of those moments where you don't mess up and leave said urnine behind and it's all you think about, besides the next person that is a butt crack that you want to kill! Even though I so wanted to read more about Joe and his craziness, I wish it would have stopped at the first book. I would have liked to have read about a new nutter in a different book and left Joe safe and..sound..er.. crazy in New York :-)I saw that ending coming, most of it and I didn't like it one bit. Even though Joe is a killer perv, I wanted to see him keep going on in his weird way and maybe fix himself up. Well, he did sort of turn himself around when he had a um.. reason.. yeah a reason, can't give out that spoiler!I'm going to leave it with a couple of excerpts. "JoeBro, don't take this the wrong way, but you need to chill. Have you ever done a juice fast?" He hits a pack of American Spirits against the desk. "You get so intense. That gets your cortisol going. Cortisol is not cool."This is like getting pulled over for not using your blinker and I could kill Calvin. I could kill Amy. I could kill everyone and put them in a blender and make them into a smoothie. ••••••••• YOU don't go to a party empty-handed and my reusable Pantry bag is stuffed with rope, my Rachel Ray knife, rubber gloves, plastic bags, duct tape, and Percocets from Dez. ••••••••••Fin
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    5++++ well earned starsJoe Goldberg, the ever loving psychopath you can't help but love is back, and oh how I've missed him!I first met Joe in You, the first book in this series. If you haven't met Joe yet, I highly recommend you start there. But until there, here's a glimpse of Joe's motto to life:'You don't go to a party empty handed and my reusable Pantry bag is stuffed with rope, my Rachel Ray knife, rubber gloves, plastic bags, duct tape, and Percocets.'Hidden Bodies picks up right were You 5++++ well earned starsJoe Goldberg, the ever loving psychopath you can't help but love is back, and oh how I've missed him!I first met Joe in You, the first book in this series. If you haven't met Joe yet, I highly recommend you start there. But until there, here's a glimpse of Joe's motto to life:'You don't go to a party empty handed and my reusable Pantry bag is stuffed with rope, my Rachel Ray knife, rubber gloves, plastic bags, duct tape, and Percocets.'Hidden Bodies picks up right were You left off. Joe is in love, again! This time is going to be different though, he's learned from his mistakes. As long as everything goes his way, life is good, what could go wrong? Well it turns out when you are a crazy, narcissistic, neurotic killer just trying to blend in, a lot can go wrong....My hats off to author Carolyn Kepnes as she did it again. Somehow she made me actually like this morally challenged character. Everything about him is so wrong, yet his justifications for his actions are almost too spot on.This is a fast paced, fun filled ride-full of twists and turns that made me laugh in delight. Brilliantly written, strong characters, and an intricate plot that blew me away. Pure genius!!I certainly hope we haven't heard the last of Joe...he is one of a kind and he has to have more to say.Highly recommend (although I would recommend you start with You first) to all fiction fans who love a strong antagonist with brains, wit, personality, and of course a whole lot of crazy. My thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    1.) You ★★★★★ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “I make her laugh so hard that she has slushie spilling out of the corners of her mouth. And then we drive away and find a quiet spot and I eat her out and when I finish I have her spilling out of the corner of my mouth.” I really don't know how many stars I want to give this. Part of me wants to give it five, just because the story is so unique and writing is so beautiful. Part of me wants to give it two 1.) You ★★★★★ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “I make her laugh so hard that she has slushie spilling out of the corners of her mouth. And then we drive away and find a quiet spot and I eat her out and when I finish I have her spilling out of the corner of my mouth.” I really don't know how many stars I want to give this. Part of me wants to give it five, just because the story is so unique and writing is so beautiful. Part of me wants to give it two stars, because I know Joe is sick. Then I want to change that to a single one star, because he makes me have so much empathy for him, which makes me even sicker. Part of me wants to give this an easy three star rating, because despite it being a good story, some of the plot points (from the start, all the way to the end) were so predictable. I felt like I was in high school again, reading everything James Patterson has ever written with these calculable twists and turns. The most practical part of me is going to give this three stars, because I loved this, but I can't ignore the fact that this book wasn't as good as You. Also, there is a major cliffhanger ending, which means there will be a third book, and then I start questioning if this story would have been more memorable if Kepnes would have left You as a standalone that was, in my opinion, perfect. Regardless of how good I am at rambling and how terrible I am at sorting my emotions, this book was a good read that I would recommend to anyone that wants to read something different, unique, and honestly just unforgettable.Hidden Bodies picks up right where You left off. Our main protagonist, Joe, is feeling regrets from some of his actions/mistakes in You, but is licking his wounds with a new lady in his life. Everything seems perfect, until he realizes how not in control he really is. A crazy turn of events has Joe packing his bags and leaving New York, so he can move across the country to California. In California he learns not only about himself, but also the culture shock that is SoCal. He learns more than he wants to about rich people, and how far others are willing to go to get a piece of the spotlight. We also get to witness Joe actually fall in love, which I don't really have words for except that this made me feel everything. Seeing Joe actually selflessly love was moving. I've said it before, but Caroline Kepnes can string together some sentences that are so beautiful they only compare to some of Tarryn Fisher's writing. Because of this new unconditional love, this book had me rooting for a serial killer. For me, You was much easier to see how scary Joe was and how what he was doing was wrong. Hidden Bodies blurs those lines. You will still be inside his sick, messed up, completely biased head. Yet, you will be cheering for him. You will want him to get away with everything, you won't want him to get caught, and you will understand why he "needs" to kill these people. I cannot take enough showers to wash away how dirty I feel for rooting for this main character that is so morally gray. See, I even rationalize him as being morally gray. Like there is a good side to killing people. This is what Caroline Kepnes will do to you, with her charming psychopath that makes you constantly justify his actions. The mindfuck that is this story is truly unmatchable. “I don't know if I could go on, because the real horror of my life is not that I've killed some terrible people. The real horror is that the people I've loved didn't love me back.” I'm sorry this review is all over the place, but it's truly how this book makes you feel. If you're even somewhat interested in thrillers, I can't recommend You enough. It was easily five stars and made it on to my favorites shelf. Hidden Bodies was still very good, I'm just a little apprehensive because I feel like maybe You should have just been a flawless stand alone.Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    “HIDDEN BODIES” by Caroline Kepnes, is the follow-up to her debut novel, “YOU”, the continuation of an evil serial killer …Joe Goldberg.I have to say that I enjoyed this book so much better than book 1. I had a hard time reading YOU, book 1, a dark psychological thriller that is not a book for everyone. "You" is not the book for you if you are easily offended by coarse language or scenes of a sexual nature. In "YOU", we see Joe's involvement with Beck and later ended with Amy. But Amy is nothing “HIDDEN BODIES” by Caroline Kepnes, is the follow-up to her debut novel, “YOU”, the continuation of an evil serial killer …Joe Goldberg.I have to say that I enjoyed this book so much better than book 1. I had a hard time reading YOU, book 1, a dark psychological thriller that is not a book for everyone. "You" is not the book for you if you are easily offended by coarse language or scenes of a sexual nature. In "YOU", we see Joe's involvement with Beck and later ended with Amy. But Amy is nothing like Beck. Amy doesn’t use social media which means he can't keep tabs on her like he could with Beck.“I buy violets for Amy. Not roses. Roses are for people who did something wrong. I have done everything right this time around. I’m a good boyfriend. I chose well.”But one day Amy steals from him and disappears. And Joe is right on her tail! He leaves New York and moves to Hollywood to track her down. He wants ...revenge!Here in Hollywood, Joe works in a bookstore, and keeps a low profile. He is still haunted by his past.But would his past secrets remain buried? What if she finds out?I stood through it to see where the sequel, "Hidden Bodies" would take Joe. Maybe we had to see the bad to appreciate the change in the character. When I first started reading this book, I found it so different…but in a good way! Joe wants to change his life for the better, so he puts his past behind him, his buried victims, and moves to Los Angeles to start a new life. He is looking for a new start and true LOVE.There is still plenty of foul language and explicit scenes that may disturb some readers in this book, but I didn't actually find this sequel quite as dark as the first book, Joe seemed more human in this book, and more likeable...if you can like a serial killer!Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC via NetGalley.
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  • Zoeytron
    January 1, 1970
    Joe Goldberg. Psychopath, stalker, murderer, an all around nutter. I love this guy. He's horrible. Amy Adam walks into Mooney Rare and Used Books, smiles and allows as to how she is looking for a job. Ha! Joe Goldberg knows she is really looking for him. Once again, he is certain he has found "the one". They are so right for each other. (view spoiler)[Alas, she ends up betraying him, robbing him, playing him for a fool. She takes off for sunny California. Joe is cut to the quick, he had thought Joe Goldberg. Psychopath, stalker, murderer, an all around nutter. I love this guy. He's horrible. Amy Adam walks into Mooney Rare and Used Books, smiles and allows as to how she is looking for a job. Ha! Joe Goldberg knows she is really looking for him. Once again, he is certain he has found "the one". They are so right for each other. (view spoiler)[Alas, she ends up betraying him, robbing him, playing him for a fool. She takes off for sunny California. Joe is cut to the quick, he had thought they were the perfect match. (hide spoiler)]A relocation is in order, and Joe moves to Los Angeles. That could be very bad news for the beautiful people in LA. For a NYC boy, living in California is like living on another planet. Out of his element, betrayed and angry, he plots his revenge. In his efforts to locate Amy, Joe grudgingly sets up Facebook and Instagram accounts. Before he knows it he is caught up in the world of contacts. He runs into Love, and falls in love. With Love. Love Quinn is her name, is this the real deal for Joe? This time, for sure! The thing is, he doesn't really like many of the people here. 'It's the little things that make you want to kill someone.' The buffoon who bellows "Am I right or am I right?" over and over - maybe he has it coming, right? What about the individual who overuses the word "piquant"? Boy, that was a close one. This was an ARC from Net Galley, thank you. I used a couple of direct quotes, which may or may not appear as shown in the published edition.
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  • Amerie
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed this audiobook so, so much. In my opinion, HIDDEN BODIES and YOU are literary fiction. Fast-paced thrillers, as well, but Ms. Kepnes knows how to dissect what it is to live in 21st century America while exposing the timeless truths about human nature--some good, mostly quite sad. One of my favorite reads of 2016.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    “To love is to risk everything.” What took me so long to pick this up?!I guess it was the fear that I might end up disappointed. That there was no way any sequel could live up to the unique and shockingly perfect experience that was You. A book that will forever be labeled as unforgettable in my mind. I’m sitting here feeling silly for not giving Hidden Bodies a chance sooner. It ended up being a really solid follow-up. I don’t know what I was thinking. How could it not be. It’s more Joe Goldbe “To love is to risk everything.” What took me so long to pick this up?!I guess it was the fear that I might end up disappointed. That there was no way any sequel could live up to the unique and shockingly perfect experience that was You. A book that will forever be labeled as unforgettable in my mind. I’m sitting here feeling silly for not giving Hidden Bodies a chance sooner. It ended up being a really solid follow-up. I don’t know what I was thinking. How could it not be. It’s more Joe Goldberg. One-of-a-kind, Joe. He’s smart, witty, often charming and the way he views life is even poetic in a twisted sort of way. For a serial killer. “It is possible to know people. They show you who they are. You just have to be looking.” But the best part of Joe, he just wants to be loved. To be in love. To find that one person that wants him no matter what. Even if it means disposing of a few bodies along the way. He has a twisted way of justifying his actions, especially when he feels like he's been betrayed. But the author's words turn it into something that you can't tear your eyes away from. Somehow she makes you toss your morals aside and accept Joe for who he is. Because everyone deserves love, right? “Finding someone who gets you is special.” I absolutely LOVED the ending! I have to admit, I had mixed feelings when I saw that Caroline Kepnes has plans for a third book. That was before I read Hidden Bodies and got swept back up in Joe’s world and his warped sense of love and life. Before I was completely impressed with the ending and how things played out. I am eagerly awaiting book three! I need more Joe and Love.
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  • Will M.
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc of this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review Recently it's been a series of disappointments when it comes to sequels. This second and last book in the Psychological-Thriller duology proved no different. I had high expectations because I enjoyed the first book very much, but sadly it didn't live up to my high expectations.There are various factors that could have affected my enjoyment of this novel. First is that I listened to 3/4 of the novel, and continued read I received an arc of this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review Recently it's been a series of disappointments when it comes to sequels. This second and last book in the Psychological-Thriller duology proved no different. I had high expectations because I enjoyed the first book very much, but sadly it didn't live up to my high expectations.There are various factors that could have affected my enjoyment of this novel. First is that I listened to 3/4 of the novel, and continued reading the last 1/4. I honestly don't think that it made a huge difference though because I was listening as intently as I could. The narrator is really good so I don't think that's the real issue here. While I really enjoyed Joe in the first novel, it's unfortunate that he got a lot less interesting in this novel. The problems he encountered in the first half of the novel are not that interesting, as compared to the first book. I didn't care much for him here, but the last 1/4 of the novel redeemed the whole thing for me. I was about to give this a 2-star rating, but thankfully the last chunk made me change my mind. The plot isn't as interesting as a whole, but certain parts are better than the others. There was a time that I was listening to this while driving and a huge plot twist suddenly happened, but then a plot twist changed the plot twist. Those moments got me all rilled up and distracted me from driving, which is a good thing because it proves that the fact that I was listening to an audiobook wasn't a problem with my overall enjoyment.3/5 stars. Despite the not so great experience with this novel, I would still read anything that Kepnes writes. Hopefully she would release a book soon, because who wouldn't want another psychological-thriller to read anyway.
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  • Fables&Wren
    January 1, 1970
    WrensReads Review:First, I want to say that I think it is important to take a nice, 10-book at least break from You before you dive into Hidden Bodies. Even though it is the same Joe that we grew to love and understand, the story has a different vibe to it. I believe that is a big reason why some people don't feel they liked this book as much as the last book. It is in a completely different setting and Joe's personality is growing and his sanity is unraveling. Joe gets punked by Amy McAdams McA WrensReads Review:First, I want to say that I think it is important to take a nice, 10-book at least break from You before you dive into Hidden Bodies. Even though it is the same Joe that we grew to love and understand, the story has a different vibe to it. I believe that is a big reason why some people don't feel they liked this book as much as the last book. It is in a completely different setting and Joe's personality is growing and his sanity is unraveling. Joe gets punked by Amy McAdams McAdam. She stole from him and made a fool of him. So he is on the hunt to find her and put her in her place: 6 feet under the ground. But... Los Angeles is a completely different animal than what he is used to. Plus, when someone is a ghost on social media and changes her burner phones once every two weeks, it is hard enough to find them. Put them in a very large city with wannabe actors/actresses, and it is like finding a needle in a haystack. “The real horror of my life is not that I’ve killed some terrible people. The real horror is that the people I’ve loved didn’t love me back.” What is heartbreaking about these books is the fact Joe just wants to have an epic love. All he really wants is to feel like the IT couple in a movie and have a life with someone; but he sees all of his failed relationships as lies instead of lessons, betrayal instead of the general way of life and does seem himself at fault for any of it.But, come on, isn't that why we love him? Joe still has his morphed way of thinking and his quick to anger temper. This book was unpredictable. Though I didn't really prefer the ending of this book and the route it took, I still am craving the third book and wish the Kepnes would bless me with a copy.WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram- - -Holy moly RTC- - - Half of the book-club is reading this for December! I can't wait to see what Joe Goldberg is up to!
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  • ♆Hayley (TheVillainousReader)
    January 1, 1970
    All the stars in the universe and then some!This series is AMAZING! I want to trap my loved ones in a cage, force them to buddy read with me and then talk about how much we love LOVE Joe. You was so brilliant that I was reluctant and scared to start Hidden Bodies. I loved You so much that I thought there was no way Hidden Bodies could live up to it. Damn, was I wrong. From the first page of Hidden Bodies I was once again lured in by Joe's voice like a bee to honey. Stephen King said it best whe All the stars in the universe and then some!This series is AMAZING! I want to trap my loved ones in a cage, force them to buddy read with me and then talk about how much we love LOVE Joe. You was so brilliant that I was reluctant and scared to start Hidden Bodies. I loved You so much that I thought there was no way Hidden Bodies could live up to it. Damn, was I wrong. From the first page of Hidden Bodies I was once again lured in by Joe's voice like a bee to honey. Stephen King said it best when he called Joe "hypnotic", that's the only way I can describe the experience. The pacing isn't fast but that was fine with me because I found myself reading this book painstakingly slow. I actually think this is the slowest I've ever read a book. Not because I disliked it but because I wanted to absorb every word, I didn't want to miss a single thing. Joe is as clever, poetic, and cynical as ever. He is so well written he could crawl out of his book. I loved seeing his character grow throughout this story. He goes from being a psycho stalker who moves to the other side of the country to kill the Supercunt to being able to let her live when he finally stumbles upon her after months of searching. Don't get me wrong, Joe is just as murderous as ever killing everyone and anyone who gets in the way on his quest for true love. All is fair in love and war, right? But he learned from his mistakes and refuses to leave another mugofurine behind. Finally finally he finds Love and Love is patient, Love is kind and she is literally the most perfect person for him. Gah, I'm so happy they found each other! The scene when she pretends to be Peach's lesbian lover I almost pissed myself laughing. Have I mentioned that I love them? I. love. Them. This book is a lot more suspenseful than the first because of that damn MUGOFURINE. I was so anxious the whole time that Joe was going to get caught. I kept thinking Joe you better not fuck this one up, maybe you should chop his body into little bits? Yep, still rotting for the sociopathic serial killer and that's the brilliant thing about these books. I knew Joe was wrong, obviously you can't just kill people to get your way, but I still felt for him and I found myself agreeing with Joe that it was okay to kill them, that they deserved it. You don't belong here unless you're tough, beautiful, or talented. What I am doing is a kindness, a mercy killing. I am putting her out of her misery. I open the bathroom door and she's cowering in the tub, on her knees. Sad cat. Poor kitten. Her face is a wad of chewed-up gum. All the joy is gone. Somewhere along the way she broke her own heart and without a heart, you can't get better.Throughout these two books Caroline Kepnes made me question a lot of things: the difference between evil people and evil acts, are they separate? The different degrees on wrong doings and sins, the pain of unreciprocated love..She once again brought to light our current culture of wanting to be seen, seen doing anything even if it is nothing. How real and potent narcissism is today. Everyone wants to be an actor, a singer, in the spot light even if they have no talent. They feel that they have the right to be even if it's very clear that they do not. I love how she showed L.A. as the city of dreams but also as a place where people grow sick with aspirations and waste away. Snaps for Caroline Kepnes, you really captured our self-entitled culture. And then the ending the ending the ending.. I feel like it couldn't have ended any other way and I'm surprisingly happy with it. It opens the door for so many more stories from Joe and I can't wait to see how he talks his way out of this one. Joe, I have faith in you baby. If you are reluctant to start Hidden Bodies I can assure you that you will not be disappointed, I loved this one just as much as the first!Final note: I absolutely love Blueberries, they are my favorite fruit, but I will never be able to look at them again without thinking of Joe and Amy's weird blueberry sex. So once again thanks Joe. And really , it's like love itself, like drinking. We all get our hearts broken. We get fucked up and throw up and we cry and listen to sad songs and say we're never doing that again. But to be alive is to do it again. To love is to risk everything.
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