Book Review: You

You (You #1)
by Caroline Kepnes

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.

Lori's thoughts: The book "Hidden Bodies" by the same author caught my attention and when I went to look into purchasing that one, I found out that it was a sequel to "You." I held off on purchasing "Hidden Bodies," and bought this one instead. Of course now, I have to buy the other one. :) The POV was interesting. The story is told from inside Joe's head, and when he refers to Beck, he says: "You." It's a very cleverly written story. Is it bad that there were times when I actually felt bad for Joe? Probably so. I can't tell if he had the worst or the best luck in the world. The way that he so cleverly stalked Beck, to the way he creepily got her cell phone and hacked into her email, etc. Makes you think hard about the people you meet on a day to day basis! I love a good psychological thriller. And the whole time I was in the process of reading this book, I kept thinking what a spectacular movie it would make... I can't wait to pick up the next book to see what happens next in the adventures of Joe.

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