Joe Goldberg is back in this sequel to Caroline Kepnes’ YOU. Hidden Bodies picks up right where YOU left off with Joe still working in the bookstore and having just met and started a relationship with Amy. Joe again thinks that he’s found the perfect girl for him in Amy, that is until Amy robs his store and runs off across the country. Joe still being the stalker that he is he tracks down Amy in L.A. and decides to follow her.
I honestly found the first book in this series to be one of the creepiest things I’d read but it was so mesmerizing living inside of Joe the psychopath’s head. I honestly thought the book should be handed out as a manual for safety on just how easy it is in today’s society to learn everything about someone and track them down. How a “normal” looking person could be capable of having such disturbing thoughts and horrid actions.
With Hidden Bodies I had that same feeling of oh my, how in the world does he get away with these actions and thoughts with people having no clue when they interact with him. But somewhere in this story I began to be one of those people that almost wants to root for Joe, for him to find his happy ending and can almost see how he comes up with his logic that he’s doing the world a favor. He’s turned into this misunderstood but still mesmerizing character that in a way leaves me with even more of a creepy feeling because I actually started to like him!
All I can say when done with this book is read it, read it now. It’s captivating, horrific, but oddly enjoyable living inside of Joe’s head for a few hours. He’s witty, he’s disturbed, and he’s almost intoxicating, and I highly recommend this series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.