Book Reviews

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes


Hidden Bodies

by Caroline Kepnes

Joe Goldberg 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 re-emerge, 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…

My Review:

 ** I would not suggest that anyone underage read this book as it contains mature adult content and would not be suitable for children/teens**

Caroline Kepnes does it again with her words. Hidden bodies is written with the same complexity as You. I was hooked from the very first sentence :

“I buy violets for Amy.”

I know, this sentence doesn’t seem like much, but if you read You, you would understand why it draws you in. Joe is an oddly charming guy, with a dark mind, and in search of ‘love’. Not only is the complicated Joe character enough of a reason to read Hidden bodies, Caroline Kepnes writes in a unique perspective. From Joe’s perspective. From the killers perspective. While things are happening. So cool, right?

“You can’t go back and alter the past, but you can go forward, and become a person who remembers.”

Another thing I love about her writing is the way she throws descriptions about the characters in. Since it’s from Joe’s perspective, it makes it easier to picture the way the character looks.

“But I was patient. I gave her a W-9 and a pen.”

So, obviously Joe is insane. And creepy, but he is also charming and a bit hysterical. I find that this one has more humor than the first book. You seemed a lot more serious. Possibly because his love interest was totally different. I was shocked at how his love interest, Amy, treated him. And I was kind of surprised the author decided to take it there.

“Nobody knows I did any of these things so it’s like a that if-a-tree-falls-in-the-woods question.”

I think this is the first time that I liked the second book more than the first. Mainly for the fact that the humor was more present. However, it did feel like more of rambling at times. Since the story was already developed in the first, and the character (Joe) is already pretty well known, this book was able to focus on the story and not so much the characterization of Joe. Still completely raunchy and risqué, still keeps you on your toes. I loved this book and I have a feeling you will too.

The obsession. The cage. The crazy. READ THESE BOOKS. You’re Welcome.

“Sorry, Amy. You lose.”


Check Out My Review of ‘You’ Here!

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