“Part love story, part supernatural thriller and completely engrossing” (People)—from the acclaimed author of You, now a hit Netflix series
“A dark beauty of a book, Providence kept me up at night with characters that made my heart a little bigger.”—Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive
Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share an intense, near-mystical bond. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, and his plans for a normal life are permanently dashed. Four years later, Jon reappears. He is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off—until the horrifying instant he realizes he possesses strange powers that pose a grave threat to everyone he cares for. Afraid of hurting Chloe, Jon runs away, embarking on a journey for answers.
Meanwhile, in Providence, Rhode Island, healthy college students and townies with no connection to one another are inexplicably dropping dead. A troubled detective prone to unexplainable hunches, Charles “Eggs” DeBenedictus suspects there’s a serial killer at work. But when he starts asking questions, Eggs is plunged into a shocking whodunit he never could have predicted.
With an intense, mesmerizing voice, Caroline Kepnes makes keen and powerful observations about human connection and how love and identity can dangerously blur together.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE
“Providence is a novel that doesn’t fit into one box—it’s tender and dark, eerie and cool, heartbreaking but also an affirmation of the power of love. Kepnes perfectly captures each character’s struggle and pain in such a unique, unconventional way that every page—every sentence—is a delightful surprise.”—Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars
“Caroline Kepnes is cool right this minute. . . . [Providence is] terrifically conceived and executed. . . . Kepnes has an exhilarating, poppy, unexpected voice.”—The New York Times Book Review
“An addictive horror-tinged romance that’ll keep you guessing.”—Entertainment Weekly
One winter morning, middle schooler Jon Bronson, the hero of this engrossing supernatural thriller from Kepnes (You), disappears from his home in Nashua, N.H. Four years later, Jon awakens in a basement room, no longer a boy but a strapping young man, with no memory of his captivity. Next to him is a battered copy of H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror containing a letter from high school teacher Roger Blair, who explains that he's been in a medically induced coma and is fine, except that he now has an unspecified special power. The joy of Jon's return home and reunion with his best and only friend, Chloe, who never stopped searching for him, is short-lived once Jon realizes that his power endangers others. He goes looking for Roger in Providence, R.I., where police detective Charles "Eggs" DeBenedictus soon becomes fixated with the sudden deaths of healthy college students and local residents. As Eggs hunts for an elusive killer and Jon seeks answers to what happened to him, each risks losing the people they love. Kepnes provides readers with a spellbinding examination of what keeps people human.
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A story of adolescent angst turns into pure stupidness. I wish I’d stopped at the midpoint. Save yourself, don’t even start.