You by Caroline Kepnes


You by Caroline Kepnes

Published September 30, 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Genres Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

Pages 422

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When a beautiful, aspiring writer comes into the bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he immediately becomes obsessed with her. Finding her name on the credit card she used for her purchase, he Googles the name Guinevere Beck in New York City. Joe finds that she has a public Facebook page and uses Twitter constantly, which tells Joe everything he needs to know. Beck went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street and she will be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight where Joe can have a “chance” meeting with her. As Joe invisibility and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Joe moves from stalker to boyfriend and transforms into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing obstacles and people that come to stand in their way.

This book was unlike anything I have ever read. The book is told from Joe’s perspective, which I wasn’t quite sure about but I don’t think this book would have worked otherwise. It is immediately creepy and Joe’s narration of the story is insane and horrifying. Joe is also very intelligent and witty, which makes the narrative from him sound almost beautiful as times with the things he says. This book fits into many different genres; mystery, crime and suspense, but overall fits into psychological thriller the best. The way that Joe inserts himself into Beck’s life is quite brilliant at times but the thoughts going through his head while he orchestrates the events that bring and keep them together is beyond disturbing. I think the author did an excellent job with the characters and I really think I now know what goes through the mind of someone who is a stalking someone else. The genius is how Joe controls her all through the use of her social media and others. It’s genius and it’s scary to think about how easy it would be for someone to find about so much about you through social media. Beck’s character is also slowly revealed throughout the book and you come to find that most of the people involved in Joe and Beck’s story are quite eccentric, odd people.

Throughout the book, I kept trying to figure out how it would end and figured it would go one or two ways. I actually guessed wrong on the ending and although I wish it had gone the other way, the ending it also very well done. The only thing that I didn’t really enjoy is the language throughout the book. I know that it is coming from Joe’s point of view, but it’s a bit crass at times using a few words I am not overly fond of, otherwise I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of psychological thrillers or Gillian Flynn. There is a sequel to You called Hidden Bodies that I plan on starting very soon, as it has also been fairly well rated. Happy reading!

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