NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Can’t get enough of Joe Goldberg? Don’t miss the latest thriller in Caroline Kepnes’s compulsively readable You series, with an all-new plot not seen in the blockbuster Netflix show.
“Fiendish, fast-paced, and very funny.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MARIE CLAIRE
Joe Goldberg is done with the cities. He’s done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.
He gets a job at the local library—he does know a thing or two about books—and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old-fashioned way . . . by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.
The trouble is . . . Mary Kay already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s . . . busy.
True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s something terrifying and fascinating about a man who won’t take no for an answer…ever. You’s psycho antihero, Joe Goldberg, moves to a Pacific Northwest island and falls for a flirty librarian named Mary Kay DiMarco. He also falls back into his old habit: stalking. Joe’s freaky ability to be as cold as ice has gotten him out of some deadly jams with his previous obsessions, but when things heat up with Mary Kay, his dark past threatens to catch up with him. Whether you’ve read the two earlier books in Caroline Kepnes’ massively popular You series (or seen the hit show based on them), you’ll be gripped by this scary-sexy thrill ride. Joe’s bizarre combination of romantic-hero charm and serial-killer ruthlessness continues to make for page-turning reading. And to top it off, the book’s biting commentary on everything from Crossfit to Succession had us laughing out loud.
In the lurid third installment of the You series (after Providence), serial killer Joe Goldberg is up to his usual pathological tricks. After taking a $4 million payoff from his ex's family, the Quinns, to stay away from his son, Joe moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., where he's found true love with librarian Mary Kay DiMarco. Her bestie, Melanda, described by Joe as sporting a "Body by Costco," tries to keep them apart. So does Mary Kay's CrossFit junkie friend from high school, and a goon hired by the Quinns to keep Joe under control. Joe does his best to be "Mr. Fucking Good Guy" while stalking Mary Kay, and congratulates himself for not giving in to homicidal rage after discovering she's married. As the connection between Joe and Mary Kay deepens, complications arise, prompting him to kidnap Melanda. While some of the plot twists feel familiar, as does Joe's unchanging and damaged personality, there's a strange delight in watching Joe battle "the toxic cycle of masculinity" by committing heinous crimes in the name of love, all while congratulating himself on his kindness, patience, and woke-ness, and blaming everyone else for his problems ("Just once I'd like to fall for someone who isn't handicapped by narcissism, but it's too late"). Series fans will eat this up.
I was excited to begin reading, but as I kept reading it wasn’t that interesting. It was really slow and predictable. The real events started happening near the end but not much. I can say that it wasn’t the best in the series. But it’s not that bad, I Like hidden bodies more.
Everything you loved about Joe in the first two books is absent from this one. It felt like the author was forced by her publisher to make a trilogy out of what should have been a two-book series. It is too bad, because I really, really enjoyed the first two books.