You Love Me
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Series: You, #3
Length: 15 hours
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Publisher: Random House Audio
Original Publication Date: 2021
Genre(s): Adult fiction, Thriller, Contemporary
Joe is done with big cities. After leaving New York to move to L.A., he’s finally settling down off the coast of Washington on a small, quiet island. He buys a house on the beach and spends his time volunteering three days a week at the local library. That’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. She’s a librarian and she is his savior. She has a daughter, and some very involved friends, and some secrets up her sleeve… but nothing that Joe can’t handle. He’s a good guy now – no stalking, no killing. He’s going to do it right this time around. But one thing he’s absolutely sure of: no one is going to keep him from Mary Kay.
I am a sucker for these books. None of the sequels are even going to be as enjoyable as our introduction to Joe in You, and though it feels like the same bad things keep happening over and over to him, I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of Joe and his antics. I’m obsessed with him, as people often are with serial killers, but I feel safe in that he’s not real and I’m not on the dating market to find real guys that are like this. I’m just happy to keep reading the books. And though I may be one of the only ones who feel this way, I do hope Kepnes continues writing Joe’s story, because I love it no matter what.
You Love Me picks up a little while after Hidden Bodies’ crazy ending. Joe went to jail, and I thought that was that. I knew the Netflix series was going to continue with a season 3, but I thought the books were done. I’m happy that book 3 was published and book 4 is in the works. Joe isn’t with Love anymore – he’s on an island with a brand new love interest. But will his past creep up on him and ruin everything? There’s a lot of blood on his hands, and with the internet and a rich, influential family involved in his life, even moving to an island won’t make people forget about you.
I won’t say much about the plot of this book because that would ruin it. Like You and Hidden Bodies, book 3 is a roller coaster. Joe’s life always is, but that’s what makes his story so readable and interesting. Yes, sometimes you’ll think “oh, Joe, not this again” or “this feels familiar,” but that didn’t bother me much because I expected it. If you go into this book thinking it’s going to be mind-blowing, you’ll probably be disappointed. But if you go into it loving Joe’s complex character, finding entertainment in his life and antics, and excited to be on the edge of your seat with suspense, I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. It’s more of the same for Joe in the third installment of the series, and if that’s something you want to experience, then read this – because that’s what you’re going to get. I will say I enjoyed it far more than Hidden Bodies, as that book was kind of a mess (though still enjoyable). So if you were disappointed with book 2, I’d say maybe give book 3 a chance, because it is better.
I am excited to watch You season 3 – I can’t imagine the storyline is going to be the same, what with season 2’s ending a stark opposite to the book’s ending. But I am interested to see if they take inspiration from Kepnes’s third book and include aspects of it in the new season. What can I say – I’m hooked. I’m obsessed. And I’m always ready for more Joe.