Hidden Bodies

Hidden Bodies

by Caroline Kepnes


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“Kepnes hits the mark, cuts deep, and twists the knife.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Delicious and insane...The plot may be twisty and scintillating, but it’s 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

In 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.”

In Hidden Bodies, the basis for season two of the hit Netflix series, You, Joe Goldberg returns.

Joe 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 reemerge, 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476785639
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: You Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,477
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Caroline Kepnes is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her first novel You was translated into nineteen languages, shortlisted for a CWA New Blood Award, and made into a TV series airing on Lifetime. Her second novel Hidden Bodies is a sequel that Booklist describes as the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman. Her most recent novel is Providence. Caroline earned a BA in American Civilization at Brown University and worked as a pop culture journalist on Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven. She now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles.

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Hidden Bodies

  • 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. Amy Adam lives in the moment, not in the computer.

    “Violets are the state flower of Rhode Island,” I tell the guy wrapping up my flowers. His careless, dirty hands graze the petals, my petals. New Fucking York.

    “Is that so?” He chuckles. “You learn something new every day.”

    I pay cash and carry my violets outside to East Seventh Street. It’s hot for May and I smell the flowers. Rhode Island. I’ve been to Rhode Island. I went to Little Compton last winter. I was lovesick, petrified that my girlfriend—R.I.P. Guinevere Beck—was in jeopardy because of her emotionally unstable friend—R.I.P. Peach Salinger.

    Someone honks at me and I apologize. I know when something is my fault, and when you walk into a blinking crosswalk, it’s your fault.

    Just like it was my fault last winter. I go over the mistake in my head a dozen times a day. How I was hiding in a closet upstairs at the Salinger house. How I had to pee but couldn’t leave. So I pissed in a mug—a ceramic mug—and I put the mug down on the hardwood floor of the closet. I ran when I had the chance, and there is no way around it: I forgot the mug.

    I’m a changed man because of that day. You can’t go back and alter the past, but you can go forward, become a person who remembers. Now, I’m committed to the details. For example, I recall with total precision the moment that Amy Kendall Adam returned to Mooney Rare and Used, to my life. I see her smile, her untamed hair (blond), and her résumé (lies). That was five months ago and she claimed she was looking for a job but you and I both know she was looking for me. I hired her, and she showed up on time for her first day with a spiral notebook and a list of rare books that she wanted to see. She had a glass container of superfruits and she told me they help you live forever. I told her that nobody gets to live forever and she laughed. She had a nice laugh, easy. She also had latex gloves.

    I picked one up. “What are these?”

    “So I don’t hurt the books,” she explained.

    “I want you up front,” I countered. “This is just a basic job, mostly stocking shelves, manning the register.”

    “Okay,” she said. “But did you know that there are copies of Alice in Wonderland that are worth over a million dollars?”

    I laughed. “I hate to break your heart, but we don’t have Alice downstairs.”

    “Downstairs?” she asked. “Is that where you keep the special books?”

    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. But I was patient. I gave her a W-9 and a pen.

    “You know, I could help you go yard-sale-ing for old books,” she said. “You never know what you’re going to find at yard sales.”

    I smiled. “Only if you promise not to call it yard-sale-ing.”

    Amy smiled. The way she saw it, if she was going to work here, she was going to make a dent. She wanted us to travel uptown to estate sales and hunt library clearances and jam our hands into empty boxes on the street. She wanted to work together and this is how you get to know someone so well, so fast. You descend into musty vacated rooms together and you rush outside together to gulp the fresh air and laugh and agree that the only thing to do now is get a drink. We became a team.

    An old woman pushing a walker looks up at me. I smile. She points at the violets. “You’re a good boy.”

    I am. I thank her and keep walking.

    Amy and I started dating a few months ago while we were on the Upper East Side in a dead man’s parlor. She tugged on the lapel of the navy blazer she had bought for me—five bucks—at a tag sale. She pleaded with me to drop seven hundred on a signed, wrinkled edition of The Easter Parade.

    “Amy,” I whispered. “Yates isn’t big right now and I don’t see a resurgence on the horizon.”

    “But I love him,” she begged. “This book means everything to me.”

    This is women; they are emotional. You can’t do business like this but you also can’t look at Amy with her big blue eyes and her long blond hair out of a Guns N’ Roses song and say no to her.

    “What can I do to change your mind?” she wheedled.

    An hour later, I was the owner of an overpriced Easter Parade and Amy was sucking my dick in a Starbucks bathroom in Midtown and this was more romantic than it sounds because we liked each other. This was not a blowjob; this was fellatio, my friends. She stood and I pulled her boyfriend jeans to the floor and I stopped short. I knew she didn’t like to shave; her legs were often bristly and she’s all about water conservation. But I did not expect a bush. She kissed me. “Welcome to the jungle.”

    This is why I smile as I walk and this is how you get happy. Amy and I, we are sexier than Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo on the cover of The Freewheelin’ and we are smarter than Tom Cruise and Penélope Cruz in Vanilla Sky. We have a project: We are amassing copies of Portnoy’s Complaint. It’s one of our favorite books and we reread it together. She underlined her favorite parts with a Sharpie and I told her to use a more delicate pen.

    “I’m not delicate,” she said. “I hate delicate.”

    Amy is a Sharpie; she’s passionate. She fucking loves Portnoy’s Complaint and I want to possess all the dark yellow copies ever made and keep them in the basement so that only Amy and I can touch them. I’m not supposed to overstock a title, but I like fucking Amy near our yellow wall of books. Philip Roth would approve. She laughed when I told her that and said we should write him a letter. She has an imagination, a heart.

    My phone rings. It’s Gleason Brothers Electricians about the humidifier but it can wait. I have an e-mail from BuzzFeed about some list of cool indie bookstores and that can wait too. Everything can wait when you have love in your life. When you can just walk down the street and picture the girl you love naked on a mound of yellow Complaints.

    I reach Mooney Books and the bell chimes as I open the door. Amy crosses her arms and glares at me and maybe she’s allergic to flowers. Maybe violets suck.

    “What’s wrong?” I ask, and I hope this isn’t it, the beginning of the end, when the girl becomes a cunt, when the new car smell evaporates.

    “Flowers?” she asks. “You know what I want more than flowers?”

    I shake my head.

    “Keys,” she says. “A guy was just here and I could have sold him the Yates but I couldn’t show it because I don’t have keys.”

    I toss the flowers on the counter. “Slow down. Did you get a number?”

    “Joe,” she says, tapping her foot. “I love this business. And I know I’m being a dumb girl and I shouldn’t tell you how into this I am. But please. I want keys.”

    I don’t say anything. I need to memorize it all, lock it away for safekeeping, the low hum of the music—the Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia,” one of my favorites—and the way the light is right now. I don’t lock the door. I don’t flip the OPEN sign over. I walk to the other side of the counter and I take her in my arms and I dip her and I kiss her and she kisses me back.

    I’VE never given anyone a key. But this is what’s supposed to happen. Your life is supposed to expand. Your bed is supposed to have enough room for someone else and when that someone comes along, it’s your job to let her in. I seize my future. I pay extra to get ridiculous theme keys, pink and flowery. And when I place these pink metallic things in the palm of Amy’s hand, she kisses them.

    “I know this is huge,” she says. “Thank you, Joe. I will guard these with my life.”

    That night, she comes over and we watch one of her stupid movies—Cocktail, nobody is perfect—and we have sex and order a pizza and my air-conditioning breaks.

    “Should we call someone?” she asks.

    “Fuck it,” I say. “It’s Memorial Day coming up.”

    I smile and pin her down and her unshaven legs scratch against mine and I’m used to it now. I like it. She licks her lips. “What are you up to, Joe?”

    “You go home and pack a bag,” I say. “And I’m gonna rent us a little red Corvette and we’re gonna get out of here.”

    “You’re insane,” she says. “Where are we going in this little red Corvette?”

    I bite her neck. “You’ll see.”

    “You’re kidnapping me?” she asks.

    And if this is what she wants, then yes. “You have two hours. Go pack.”

  • Reading Group Guide

    1. In the first chapter of Hidden Bodies, Joe attempts to please his girlfriend, Amy, with flowers. But she wants keys. This is the first of other “deals” he makes. Were you surprised that he gives her keys? Do you think love/success requires a leap of trust?

    2. Joe Goldberg is often described as a “charming psychopath.” Did you find that you rooted for Joe? At which points, if ever, were you rooting for him? At which points did you feel uncomfortable?

    3. When Joe moves to Los Angeles, he is surrounded by people with aspirations who haven’t achieved success in the film industry. He says that he doesn’t want to “catch aspirations.” And then, one could argue, that’s exactly what happens. How do dreams help us and hinder different characters in the novel?

    4. Joe is particularly brutal in his murders of Henderson and Delilah. What did you think about the level of detail involved here? Joe feels that he is ultimately sparing them both from pain. Explain your thoughts on this rationalization.

    5. In both books, You and Hidden Bodies, Joe meets what many describe as “unlikable” characters. Does this affect your feelings when he commits murder? Discuss the concept of likability in literature. Do you have to “like” the people to like the book?

    6. Would you say that Love and Forty Quinn have a codependent relationship or a close sibling relationship? Consider also Forty’s “script,” The Third Twin. Discuss the importance of family in this novel.

    7. Hidden Bodies is a book that defies categorization and everyone connects with a different aspect. How did you read it? As a thriller, a satire, etc.?

    8. While roaming the Quinn family estate, Joe imagines what he might have made of his life had he had this kind of wealth. Do you agree? Do you think life is easier or more challenging with a financial safety net? Does wealth provide emotional security?

    9. Joe does not succeed in murdering Forty Quinn. Do you think this is because, deep down, he ultimately really didn’t want to kill Love’s brother? Or do you think he was simply careless? And the woman who does kill Forty is named Julie Santos. Joe thinks of her as Saint Julie. What do you think about that?

    10. The ending is open ended with Joe in prison, but he feels optimistic about his future because there is love in his life, because Love is pregnant. What do you think will happen to him? When you finish the book, do you want him to be free to build a family of his own or do you want him to remain incarcerated?

    11. Stephen King described Caroline Kepnes’s style as “hypnotic and scary . . . never read anything like it . . . a little Ira Levin, a little Patricia Highsmith, and plenty of snark.” Discuss the importance of voice in this story. How did you feel spending so much time in Joe’s head? What do you think led Kepnes to create a voice that is often described as “twisted”? Is that the word you would use? Who is more twisted, Joe or his victims?

    12. In interviews, Caroline has talked about writing her first novel after a grueling year of familial hardship, culminating with the loss of her father. She also has said that her career as a pop culture journalist inspired her, which is why her work is full of references. Do you play psychologist when you read fiction, try and figure out what inspired the author? And are you more prone to do this when the material is dark?

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    Hidden Bodies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good read ,it goes up and down over and over! Hope there is a third book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am completely speechleless. I don't even know how to begin to write this review. All I can say is Caroline Kepnes you are GOLD, am I right or am I right?
    UpAllNightBookAddict More than 1 year ago
    Oh Joe. Joe. Joe. Joe. What a wonderful, twisted mind you have! You leave my soul feeling dark, just the way I like it. Your fascination with life leaves me with a twisted smirk on my face! Welcome back to the world of Joe. If you have read his first book (and YOU better have), YOU, then you have a little incling of what I mean. But just a little. This continuation of the story of Joe is so much more and so much more twisted than the beginning. This one will have your inner sinister persona laughing and clapping. Yes, you guessed it. More murder. More stalking. More danger. More of everything. I could not have enjoyed this story any more than I did. I read this MONTHS ago and have been itching for everyone else to read it. I needed a support group after this book. I needed daily meetings. Who is in for a Joe support group? You will need it after this book! I want to dig around in Caroline's head. What makes it tick? How does it create such wonderful, twisted plots? How does this messed up material materialize in her brain? Then getting the words to paper? Such a genius Caroline Kepnes is. Pure. Genius. As I wove my way through Joe's new journey, I couldn't imagine where Caroline was going to take me. I sat there soaking up every word, shaking my pom-poms cheering Joe on. He is the perfect anti-hero hero. He is the best villian you will find. And you will be on his villianous side. I promise. As the story plays on, I am thinking happy ever after for Joe... Then the ending came... The ending. (Insert a bunch of swear words here since I can't type them. I mean I could, but Amazon won't post my review if I do.) What can I say? Well, nothing really. I can't tell you how this ends. I can tell you that I messaged Caroline right away begging and begging for information. Just so you know, she refused to give it to me. Denied. Yes, I was denied. Damn her. Basically, what I am telling you is that this book is a MUST read. MUST. READ. If you haven't read YOU yet, then do so. Then read this. Don't read this until you have read YOU. I mean, technically you could read this without reading the first book. But if you did, you wouldn't get the full effect that is Joe and you will be missing some key pieces to the story. Hidden Bodies will make more sense when read after YOU. P.S. READ THIS BOOK!
    cupid92 3 months ago
    I liked You better but this certainly kept my interest
    Sarah Hargis 4 months ago
    While this sequel didn't have all the grandiose as the original, it was nothing short of a wild, outrageous adventure. How do I find myself rooting for the "bad guy" here?? Ending took me by surprise, left ,e wanting more and feel there is much about this story that has been left untold.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Fabulous!! Please tell me there is one more. Joe the Killer has to have a finished story; not a cliffhanger:)
    Stacy_Renee More than 1 year ago
    If you're not familiar with or haven't read the first book in this series, You, which is now a hit show on Netflix, you might want to avoid this sequel review because there may be some spoilers. At the end of You, Joe Goldberg was ready to move on and get over Beck with the brand new Amy, but just when everything seemed absolutely perfect she took off for LA to be an actress. Not willing to let her go, he upends to the West Coast on a mission to track Amy down. Once there, he works his way into the lives of his neighbors, creating a network of eyes that might help him find who he's looking for. But he's so caught up in this new world that he starts creating a new life without Amy and that's when he meets Love Quinn. He's convinced she's the one and he wants to spend the rest of his life with her, but his past keeps coming back to haunt him. I enjoyed being back in Joe's headspace, even though it's a pretty disconcerting place to be. Hidden Bodies was just as good writing-wise, but I did kind of feel like the plot was all over the place for a while and not as intense as You. Likewise, I didn't love the setting and it didn't make a lot of sense to me for Joe to get caught up in the lives of celebrities, but by the end, I was okay with where it went and really just hope we get another one!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Definitely a good read
    Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
    Hidden Bodies has none of the impact that You did, but I didn't really expect to as we already know the main character and we know the style of narration already and, sadly, it was those that made You so fresh and enjoyable. Already, Joe is beginning to become an annoyance to the reader and his manipulations this time around are far less subtle and he is clearly nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is. This is in stark contrast to the first novel so it comes as quite a shock to the reader as you do expect, nay anticipate, more of the same. By moving Joe to California there was such a lot of scope to move in a different direction with him, not to rehabilitate him but just do something other than the stalker guy with a penchant for murder. About half way through it actually felt to me like Joe was suffering from locked in syndrome and that everything was merely playing out in his head rather than in reality, that somehow murdering Beck in the previous book had caused a psychotic break and now he was lying drooling in a bed somewhere and this was his fantasy. To be entirely honest this unfounded thought actually made the rest of the book moderately enjoyable and is solely responsible for the middle of the road 3 stars I have given it. The story itself is bitty and far more incredulous than You ever was. I expect to have to suspend a certain amount of belief when reading any book and although I was looking forward to this book I was not expecting it to have any real leaning on reality. Unfortunately it has no relationship to reality at all. From drugged up talk show hosts, to a pair of bizarre twins, to Joe suddenly becoming a genius in his new field it all has a sheen of surreality about it, then again the bulk of the book is set among the uber rich of Hollywood so maybe I shouldn't have been that surprised. You and Providence are great books by Caroline Kepnes but this one definitely doesn't live up to either of them. I wouldn't advise you to avoid reading it but I would warn you that you may it find it ultimately disappointing.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved the first book YOU and couldn't wait to read Hidden Bodies, However once I started reading I was so disappointed. I do not understand all of the 5 star reviews this book was nowhere as good as the first and didn't seem like it was written by the same author. Such a disappointment!!!
    Bonnie Franks More than 1 year ago
    Well, Caroline Kepnes has done it again. I started out reading You and put it down after a few pages, telling myself I couldn't read it. Then I thought about how good the writing was and what an interesting concept, and I picked it up again. Let's just say that since that time, I can't get enough of reading about Joe. I can't give away anything that happens in this book and you can read the synopsis on the book cover. I'll just say that Joe finds Love and the race is on. Joe is still a little nervous about some hidden bodies, and it's a factor in his thinking for sure. How can he keep the past from haunting him? How can he comfortable with Love? Read the book. Read You again. Read this one again. Repeat.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I want more!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Amazing. 10/10.
    sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
    There may be a serial killer among people everyday and most do not know it. Some can suspect little oddities here and there, but no one ever actually gets the thought “Oh my god, he could be a serial killer because he is socially awkward”. Or, the thought “Wow, he must be a serial killer because he likes to be alone.” These things just do not happen…but when it is made public that someone is a serial killer, there are a lot of “ohs” and “that totally makes sense now”. Kepnes writes about a serial killer who knows who he is, but can’t find that one person who knows who she is. Everyone that he meets seems to be flashy, condescending, or just plain outright fake. This psychological thriller is chalked full of mystery and dark satirical humor interlaced within every page, leaving the reader immersed and wanting more. Joe is just your average guy. He is handsome, he is successful and he has a beautiful girlfriend who he begins to think is love. Oh, was it mentioned that he is a serial killer?! Oops, left that part out. In the last kill, he left a mug of urine at the scene and has been thinking about it ever since. How could he have been that stupid? How could he have been so careless? How will he be able to get it back so that it doesn’t become evidence? After a fallout with the the girl of his dreams, Amy wipes him out and heads for Hollywood to become an actress. Joe, not wanting to believe that he could have been played that easily, has just found his next target. In search for her, he follows shortly after and discovers a completely separate world on the west coast. He meets different people who become somewhat friends or rather, the closest thing to a friend he can have being what he is. Then…Love comes around. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. Love is rich and she has completely turned his world upside down. With Amy still in the wind, can Joe let go of her or will this need to kill only leach on to someone new and will is cause him to be caught? Kepnes has an intriguing thriller, one with creativity, originality and superb character development. If you are a sucker for pop culture and dark satire, this will draw you in and keep you guessing to what will happen next. The pace is great, allowing the reader to capture scenes vividly and without interruption. Since this was an audiobook that was purchased, the flow of the story was relayed very well and the story seems to be well-written in order to flow as well as it does. Fontana is virtually impeccable with his audio relay talent. This narrator makes the story come to life, more so than imagery that the readers can come up with through description alone. His dry humor really underlays the enjoyment of the novel. If you are a reader of crime fiction, mysteries, and psychological thrillers, this might be for you. Hidden Bodies can be read as a standalone; however, this is a second installment. The first installment is called You. A copy of this audiobook was purchased by Turning Another Page. We provide a five-star rating for Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes.
    MelissareadsNY More than 1 year ago
    I LOVED the prequel, You, for so many reasons and could not wait to read the sequel. It was incredibly disappointing. I agree with other reviewers who said it seems as if a different author wrote this book. Joe gets lost amongst a bunch of Los Angeles caricatures that have no depth to them, especially his new love interest. One of the things I loved about You was the way the author blurred the lines between sanity and insanity, good and evil, healthy and toxic through the characters in such an interesting and profound way. This is NOT the case in the sequel. I was bored and repulsed at the same time. Joe appealed to me in You because of his intellect, his allusions to books that shed light on his personality and his misinterpretations of other characters' interactions with him. Every character in Hidden Bodies, including Joe, is void of all of those qualities. Joe barely talks about books at all in this novel. Instead, the novel drowns the reader in vulgar drug and sex scenes that seem to be there just for the sake of being vulgar. I was so sick of hearing Joe talk about getting his d&^$ sucked. It was offensive for absolutely no reason. In addition, the plot developments were ridiculously far fetched in ways that insult the reader's intelligence. This was one of the most disappointing books I have read in a long time, maybe because I had such high expectations. What a shame that an author capable of such greatness stooped so low.
    JamesJohnCudneyIV More than 1 year ago
    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," whi
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Wow! There were several times when reading this book that I actually gasped out loud startling my husband and our 19 year old daughter. That's how good this book is.
    Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
    Oh, I love a sick, twisted guy and Joe definitely fits the bill. In this second book in the series, Joe has fallen for Amy as Amy is the girl of his dreams; she is everything he has ever wanted. She played the part well, she had him were she wanted him, he was like butter and she was molding him. They were too much alike, he should have seen this as a warning sign but Joe was in love. Now it’s back to reality, back to their normal lives and Amy makes her move, she skips town with items from his store and reality slaps Joe in the face. She leaves a note, sorry? Who will be sorry one when Joe brings her down for he’s on a mission, and people die when they get in Joe’s way. It’s about murder, revenge and sex, did I mention there is an abundance of sex occurring in this novel. Joe likes attractive woman and with his numerous desires and uncontrollable thoughts, Joe never misses an opportunity to act. He stalks, he plays his part and he tries to find someone to keep him entertained. Joe is a thinker; he tries to think ahead of any possible scenario. People should learn to leave Joe alone, they should know that Joe likes to be in command and that he doesn’t like to be messed with but sometimes people don’t know this until it’s too late. This novel is just as intense as the first one in the series and I suggest you read the first novel before you read this one as there are references to some of the characters in the first novel in this one. It’s a twisted, thrilling novel that I’m sure many individuals will be glad that they picked up.
    19269684 More than 1 year ago
    What Did I Miss That Everyone Else Loved? Evidently I really missed out on the book that preceded Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. I read this book with an open mind, thought it's difficult for me, sometimes, to switch from one genre to another. Books stick with me, as do genres. Going from family and romance to a psychotic, narcissistic murderer like Joe offered up a bit of transferal turbulence. Hidden Bodies is about a guy who's got physical skeletons in his closet. He's creatively butchered several people and their bodies are either tucked away or blamed on another. He's good and he knows he's good, but the past won't stay in the past. He's losing it. Simple things like moving violations sends him into anxiety attacks. All he wants is peace and to enjoy the new love of his life. She's perfect for him, so he believes. All he wants is to be with her and forget everything else, but if he's unlucky enough to be found out, he may have to do away with her too. This review won't be very long because I didn't like it. Not to knock this author, because from what I hear, You was amazing! You is the book that Kepnes wrote before this one... *For the full review of Hidden Bodies: http://tinyurl.com/zxkuukt **ARC was provided by Shelf Awareness and Atria Books, for an honest review.
    COBauer More than 1 year ago
    Apparently lightning does strike twice. Caroline Kepnes managed to craft another creepy, shocking, hilarious, and absolutely addictive read. Right off the bat we’re thrown into the middle of Joe’s next chapter. Impressively we’re hit with a major plot twist and almost immediately taken cross country to sunny SoCal. Just when you think you’ve got Joe and his next move all figured out, Kepnes throws you another curve ball. I seriously did not see that ending coming. HIDDEN BODIES is NOT to be missed!
    SeaKyle More than 1 year ago
    Great read, though a little wordy with Joe's inner narratives. That being said, Joe is so messed up and so incredibly likable and unfathomable at the same time. The intensity of the relationship with Forty was awesome especially the cat and mouse. There are several holes that are obvious but I guess there has to be some. Overall, good read. I hope we don't see the last of Joe Goldberg.
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