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Hidden Bodies by [Kepnes, Caroline]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Praise for Caroline Kepnes and You:

“Hypnotic and scary.” —Stephen King

“I am RIVETED, AGHAST, AROUSED, you name it. The rare instance when prose and plot are equally delicious.” —Lena Dunham

In the compulsively readable follow-up to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”

Hidden Bodies marks the return of a voice that Stephen King described as original and hypnotic, and through the divisive and charmingly sociopathic character of Joe Goldberg, Kepnes satirizes and dissects our culture, blending suspense with scathing wit.

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 neighbour. 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: truelove. 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...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3022 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (25 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SP33X08
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Kristy - MPBB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 June 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Reading about Joe Goldburg is like delving into no other characters mind. The path of murder, untruths, rights and wrongs is entertaining and original. Kepnes left me on my toes until the very last minute, I had no idea how this story would end. This is book two in the You series. I must admit, reading Hidden Bodies in comparison to You left me feeling a bit deflated. I had hope of so much more, I needed so much more. I can only hope that this won’t be the last book. I need more of Joe, I need to know that this isn’t the end of his twisted life.

"I don't believe in love at first sight. But I do believe in electricity, the way it can recharge you."

In You, we are left with Joe in a good place. He has a new girlfriend, Amy who is so quirky you can’t help but smile at the relationship that her and Joe have. They are both lovers of old books, they seem to have found the perfect balance with each other, but when Amy wrongs Joe, he goes on a mission, packing up his life and moving to track her down and end her.

Along the way to living his new life, Joe comes across a whole bunch of strange and appealing friends. One in particular, while he is on the hunt for Amy. But when he crosses the path of my most favorite character, Love, Joe’s life is about to change for the better. He now has an ally. Someone who knows his every secret, and is ok with who he is. Love makes things better, but who she surrounds herself with and her family will work their way into Joe’s life and some will help and some will harm.

"And this, this is why you have to kill people. If you don't, they don't learn anything. They just reemerge, more muscled, more manipulative, more hell-bent on taking you down."

In an odd way, Joe makes you feel ok for his wrongdoings.
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You, a debut novel by Caroline Kepnes made my top eight books of 2014, but I didn’t love it as much as some. I certainly enjoyed it and a book written from the viewpoint of an almost-sympathetic psychopath really offered something very different.

Kepnes reintroduces us to Joe – the psychopathic bookseller – in her second novel, Hidden Bodies.

Nearly six months have passed since the concluding events of You and when we meet Joe he is smitten with his new love. Amy Adam.

We (along with Joe) are alerted to Amy’s duplicity quite early in novel and it almost seems as if Joe’s torn between being kinda impressed someone could 'play' the ultimate 'player'; and needing revenge on the woman who toyed with his affections.

He tosses in his job and tracks Amy to Hollywood where he comes across an interesting array of locals.

Again it’s hard not to identify with Joe – despite his proclivities. We’re in his head and the book’s told in first person from his point of view. He’s again witty and intelligent, so... frustratingly engaging.

After his arrival in LA, Joe's sidetracked by the wealthy and eccentric 'Love' and her brother 'Forty'; and suddenly he's hanging with celebrities and traveling by private jet.

Joe's great and (again) well-written. Indeed, I (again) found the prose compelling and clever - though it's fairly explicit at times.

However... the plot felt a little 'all over the place'. The ending felt very rushed and came (a little) from left field.

So, I was ultimately a tad disappointed. It won't keep me from reading more however - if there are future instalments - because I have a soft spot for Joe.

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For those who have read ‘You’, ‘Hidden Bodies’ is the sequel, read on. For those who haven’t read ‘You’, stop. Read ‘You’ first.
Still here? You remember Joe Goldberg, who manages Mooney’s Rare and Used Bookstore in New York, the serial killer whose last relationship – with Guinevere Beck – ended so badly? Well, Joe has a new girlfriend: Amy Kendell Adam. Joe has learned a lot from his relationship with Beck, he knows exactly how to make his relationship with Amy succeed. They are even collecting copies of one of their favourite books – ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ – together. What could possibly go wrong?

‘In this bar, lying to these strangers, there has never been more honesty between us.’

Joe is devastated when Amy disappears, and he vows to find her. His search takes him to Hollywood. And while he’s there to track down Amy, Joe has to fill in his time somehow. Joe’s life in Hollywood becomes complicated. He’s still searching for Amy, but he’s found Love (and her brother Forty) and his life becomes even more interesting.

Will Joe find Amy? Has he escaped the consequences of his murderous past, or will some evidence he left behind be his downfall?

This novel moves at a cracking pace, and while every moral fibre of my being wants to see Joe brought to justice, I’m worried that I find him generally likeable. Immature and impulsive, but likeable. How does that work? Ms Kepnes has created a character who fits perfectly within the pop culture he inhabits. How much easier is it to be a serial killer in an internet-enabled world?

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster (Australia) for providing me with a free electronic copy of this novel for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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