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THE RIVETING SEQUEL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING YOU
“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…
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Caroline Kepnes’ debut, You, really got under our skin, due in large part to her stalker antihero, Joe Goldberg. Now Joe’s back—and just as creepy—as he navigates a new relationship with a technology-averse, bookish, and warm-blooded blonde named Amy. Hidden Bodies is a great read: entertaining, unsettling, giddily deranged. We loved witnessing the manipulative, psychopathic Joe get a taste of his own medicine. When Joe heads to Los Angeles in search of revenge, Kepnes revels in skewering the city’s image-obsessed culture.
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.