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Hidden bodies : a novel
2016
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Characters
Joel Goldberg (Male), Bookstore clerk, Sociopath, Serial killer, Has buried four bodies in the past ten years in his quest for love; determined to put his past behind him; heads to Los Angeles; blends in effortlessly, but still feels paranoid; desperate to keep his secrets hidden in order to get true love
Genre
Fiction
Thriller
Psychological
Romance
Suspense
Topics
New beginnings
Relationships
Sociopaths
Secrets
Search for love
Serial killers
Serial killings
Transformations
Obsessive love
Stalkers
Setting
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Los Angeles, California - West (U.S.)
California - West (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

In this sequel to You, bookstore worker (and murderous stalker) Joe is in love. For real this time. With a woman who returns his affections, or so he thinks. He's convinced that he and Amy have the real thing. Until she disappears one day, taking a bunch of collectible books with her. Incensed, Joe is determined to find her. His quest takes him to Los Angeles where he breaks his own self-imposed ban on social media. He joins Facebook and Tinder and anything else his new friends and acquaintances suggest. But in his quest to find Amy, Joe finds Love. This heiress seems ready to accept Joe exactly as he is and isn't playing games. The question is, can Joe give up his own killer games and seething anger, now that he may have found his perfect woman at last? -VERDICT The tone and pace of Kepnes's sophomore novel is quite different from You, in which the suspense stemmed from the claustrophobic world Joe inhabited. Here he's striking out both geographically and emotionally and the reader is taken along for his angry ride. His running commentary on life in L.A. brings to mind the American Psycho narrator's cynical views, and Joe's twisted attempts at relationships will appeal to fans of Dexter. [See Prepub Alert, 8/10/15.]-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Joe Goldberg, the narrator of Kepnes's dark, quirky sequel to 2014's You, is a serial killer who otherwise leads a normal life as a New York City bookstore manager. Joe's relationship with M.F.A. student Guinevere Beck, whom he pursued in You, ended badly, and he's devastated when his current girlfriend, Amy Kendell Adam, mysteriously disappears. By tracing Amy's computer search history, Joe discovers that she has registered for an acting class in Hollywood. He vows to go there, find Amy, and make her pay for deserting him. Once in Hollywood, he continues his murder spree, all the while hoping to find Amy. In his search, he meets many well-drawn characters, including an L.A. policeman and a rich, drug-addicted playboy. Meanwhile, Joe undergoes a surprising personal transformation, and remarkably, the author convinces the reader to empathize with her killer protagonist. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME Entertainment. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Praise for Caroline Kepnes and You : <br> <br> "Hypnotic and scary." --Stephen King <br> <br> "I am RIVETED, AGHAST, AROUSED, you name it. The rare instance when prose and plot are equally delicious." --Lena Dunham <br> <br> 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."<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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: 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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