The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’s hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show—a compulsively readable trip into the deviant mind of the uniquely antisocial, savvy bookseller Joe Goldberg.
“Fiendish, fast-paced, and very funny.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE YEAR—Cosmopolitan, PopSugar, Literary Hub
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.
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.