You by Caroline Kepnes
First Line: ‘You walk into the bookstore and keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn’t slam. You smile, embarrassed to be a nice girl.’
What the blurb says: When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart and sexier than his wildest dreams. He’d kill to have her.
Soon Beck can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart there is only one person she can turn to. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. The obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…
This debut novel by Caroline Kepnes is a perfectly chilling read which centres on the character of Joe Goldberg, a sociopath who becomes obsessed with Beck, a beautiful aspiring writer whose life is lived through social media. This novel is told from the second person narrative in the point of view of Joe as he does anything and everything he can to be Beck’s perfect man.
The unreliable narrator of Joe has a very strong narrative voice which carries the story. The novel did have a few unlikeable characters but I think this is what made me as a reader sympathise with Joe. The author uses original techniques to tell the story through the second person point of view and incorporates a number of Tweets giving this novel a very contemporary feel to it. This is a book which some people may dislike due to the many contemporary references which some readers may not be familiar with, fortunately I like the TV show Girls and found this very refreshing.
The story hooked me in straight away with Joe’s wit and observations of life builds great characterisation throughout which made me root for him by the end. This novel is pack full of pace and suspense which really encompasses the genre.
A very exciting but creepy psychological thriller that will keep you awake until the very end.
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Hidden Bodies, the next book in the Joe Goldberg series is available to buy now.