Series: You #2
Published by Atria Books on February 23rd 2016
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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...
I’ve grown a strange attachment to Joe Goldberg over the course of this second instalment. And it’s awful because he’s the villain of the story. Not your typical taking-over-the-world-destroy-everything-in-his-path-superhero type villain either. He’s stalker and a serial murderer and what I’d a deem as a huge threat to women that spite him. In other words, you wouldn’t want to meet this guy one night down the club looking for a good night because you just might not see tomorrow.
Hidden Bodies follows Joe Goldberg and his move to Los Angeles with one mission in mind: find Amy, his then-girlfriend who dumped him and legged it with several thousands of dollars in rare books to fund her way. Lucky for her, she’s much more elusive than he anticipated. Along the way, Joe meets his new love interest Love (yes, that is her name. Yes, they do discuss it), drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, sex, murder, sex, more sex and more murder. Did you ever really expect anything else? Thought not.
Kepnes has created a completely different atmosphere with Hidden Bodies, alternating the pronouns that had us sitting on the edge of our seats whilst reading YOU. You loose that sense of violation, the spine-tingling feeling of Joe Goldberg trailing you down the street or reading your emails with the absence of the second person. Instead, you get to live in Joe’s head and see his spot-on commentary of society and the people in it.
This book left me craving more. What does Joe Goldberg do now? This can’t be the end.