Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Review:  Hidden Bodies by Caroline KepnesHidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Published by Atria Books Feb. 23, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 448
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Amazon US

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: truelove. 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...

Oh, Caroline Kepnes.  I am so in love with your brain, and I mean that in the least creepy way possible.  Like, I’m certain you and I are meant to be the bestest of friends.  We can have slumber parties and I’ll brush your hair while you tell me the fucked up shit that runs through your mind.

See?  We were meant to be.  (Call me!)

Ahem.  Anyway.  Hidden Bodies.   THIS BOOK!  You guys, if you haven’t read YOU, which is book one, we cannot be friends.  Like, at all.  That book was a top 2015 read for me, and Hidden Bodies will absolutely be a top 2016 read for me as well.  There is just something about Kepnes‘ writing style that keeps you hooked.   It’s haunting, yet playful.  Freaky, yet endearing.  Her characters are the perfect anti-heroes, yet… you find yourself falling in love with and rooting for them.

Both books follow Joe.  Joe is a perfect man fucked up guy.  Joe is normal has issues.  But Joe has a lot of love that he really just wants to give to somebody…even if he ends up killing everyone around them, and well…. them, too.  Like I said, Joe has issues.

“Fucking and killing are the same damn thing.”

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Spoiler alert, but in book one…Joe kills the woman he stalks, falls in love with, and dates.  Yeah, their love story doesn’t really end well.  So when this book starts and his new girlfriend steals from him and runs away, he goes across the fucking country to find her, because Joe needs answers.

And there in the good ‘ol Hollywood Hills, Joe falls in love with Love.  And she. is. perfection.  She’s just as crazy as Joe, maybe a bit more at times…and I LOVED them together.

“Love’s eyes remain on me and I know.  She’s a pervert too.”

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Joe and Love’s love story isn’t perfect.  There are so many ups and down, so many secrets, so many ‘Awww they’re meant to be!’s that you never really know if these two psychopaths are perfect for each other or if they are going to go up in flames.  Literally.

“She is evil.  She is dangerous.  She is incapable of love.  She is a sociopath.  Worse than borderline.  She’s criminal.”

Plus, the side characters and the many, multiple intertwined plot lines?  #^%#&@(#*$^#(@   Gah!  Be still, my heart.  No one can write this shit like Caroline.  No one.

So… the question of the day is:  Can Joe and Love have their happily-ever-fucked-up-after with a trail of dead bodies following them into the sunset?  Can Joe keep his knife secrets away from Love?  Will Love still be breathing by the end of the book?  Will Joe?  WILL ANYONE??

Well, you’ll have to read to find out.  And trust me, this book is freaking phenomenal and you will love every single second of it.


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