Author: Caroline Kepnes
Series: You, #2
Length: 13 hours
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Original Publication Date: 2016
Genre(s): Adult fiction, Thriller, Contemporary
Joe Goldberg is alone again, and desperate to find true love. He messed up with Beck. He chose wrong. He knows that now. There’s nothing left for him in New York, and after yet another betrayal Joe finds himself in Los Angeles, the city of second chances. In LA, Joe is determined to put his past behind him. But even as he finds himself falling in love, he finds himself looking over his shoulder. He’s hidden quite a few bodies back east, and soon the body count starts to rise in California…
Ah, I missed Joe. My favorite good-guy serial killer. Told in first-person POV, Hidden Bodies picks up where You left off. Beck is dead, Dr. Nicky is in jail–pinned for the murder–and Joe is in love with Amy, yet another bookstore customer. But Joe soon finds himself in LA, and though he finds love, he also continues to get himself into trouble.
Where You was a creepy, psychological thriller, Hidden Bodies is more fun and tumultuous and absolutely ridiculous. First of all, Joe living in California is hilarious in and of itself. And wow, does he get himself into some shitty situations. Most of the story is fun and interesting and crazy it just works. Sometimes it veers on boring and yes, it is very much in the same vein as You plot-wise, but it works.
I love Joe. Yes, he’s a serial killer. Yes, he’s incredibly egocentric and super hypocritical and holier-than-thou judgmental, but I like the guy. I actually rooted for him throughout the entire novel. Though he does bad things, I think I pity him, which makes me like him. So many bad things happen to him. People are downright awful to him. And though he probably deserves it because he’s a murderer, I can’t help but root for the guy. Plus he’s cynical and funny and honest as hell. Most of my on-edge anticipation was simply in regards to how the story would end. Would Joe get away with murder, literally? I wanted him to! But I won’t spoil the end and tell you if I was happy or sad with it. I will tell you I was surprised with it, though.
Hidden Bodies isn’t a deep, thought-provoking novel–it’s a fun continuation of one. And though I usually hate sequels, and though You was perfectly fine as a standalone, I enjoyed Hidden Bodies where most people didn’t. I love Joe’s character, I love his messed up life, and I love Kepnes’s writing style. This is actually a sequel I recommend.