Books, Thriller/Mystery

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes Book Review

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”

Excerpt from:
Hidden Bodies
by Caroline Kepnes
Synopsis From Wikipedia:

The story started when 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.

I was very looking forward to reading this book after reading “You,” its prequel, which left me feeling really stunned. I had such high hopes because the first book was such a surprise. I was anxious during the first four chapters. The way that things turned out was absolutely amazing. In fact, I completely forgot about the “mug of urine” from the first book, which made me anxious for Joe. And when I saw how Amy tricked him, I wondered, “What would she do if she learns that Joe can murder someone?”.

Once Joe left for LA to seek vengeance on Amy and leave his pasts behind after those first four chapters, the action slowed down and got really dull. I believe there were added too many scenes and people that were unnecessary. In particular, Henderson’s scenes. I became upset because of Love, which I find incomprehensible because she knew everything about what Joe did in New York and still embraced him, and forty, which is really tough to live with. In any case, perhaps she truly loved him. And as I read this novel, I came to the conclusion that Joe actually simply wanted to be loved; in other words, she discovered love through Love. Unfortunately, he ends himself in jail at the conclusion of this novel, leaving us to wonder what he will do to escape to find Love once more.

Caroline Kepnes was unable to make me pleased and satisfied with this book. There are several disputes and periods of silence. I sincerely hope that she will be able to do honor to the plot of the novel in her third book of “You.” I’ll be waiting for it, however.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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