Book Review: Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

Posted June 3, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 17 Comments

Book Review: Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline KepnesTitle: Hidden Bodies
Series: You #2
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Publisher: Atria, Simon and Schuster
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 448 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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: true love. 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...

Book Quotes

“We all get our hearts broken. We get fucked up and throw up and we cry and listen to sad songs and say we’re never doing that again. But to be alive is to do it again. To love is to risk everything.”

“A book lets you choose how much of the blood you want to see. A book gives you the permission to see the story as you want, as your mind directs.”

“The real horror of my life is not that I’ve killed some terrible people. The real horror is that the people I’ve loved didn’t love me back.”

My Thoughts

I wasn’t really sure where Caroline Kepnes was going to go after You…it felt like a pretty complete ending…but I was happy get get more Joe. Sounds crazy!

Considering that the first time I picked up You, I DNFed it at less than 10%!

After I got over my initial case of “the willies” Joe really grew on me…sort of like that crazy horrible reality show that you can’t stop watching despite the fact that you’d never admit to enjoying it in public!

Hidden Bodies picks up right where You left off and boy has Joe changed his stripes after everything that happened in the first book. ;-p

Ok, maybe Joe hasn’t changed at all…you’ll have to pick this one up to find out!

Suffice it to say that Hidden Bodies adds a whole new cast of (screwed up) characters and Joe doesn’t disappoint.

Joe is his usual sensitive, vulnerable, witty, intelligent sociopathic self!

I really have to give Kepnes credit. She took me from creeped out to fascinated. Joe is an amazingly compelling guy and the secondary characters in Hidden Bodies are even better than those in You.

The Verdict

If you liked You…you’ll love Hidden Bodies.

Joe is his usual sensitive, vulnerable, witty, intelligent, sociopathic self! Click To Tweet


About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is the author of You and Hidden Bodies. She splits her time between Los Angeles, California and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


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17 responses to “Book Review: Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

    • Melissa

      If you do start it…be prepared to be uncomfortable at first. I DNFed it and then came back to it about 6 month later and after pushing thru a bit more, I was hooked!

    • Melissa

      I listened to the 1st on audio and read the second! I almost wish I had listened to Hidden Bodies too!

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