Hidden bodies : a novel

by Kepnes, Caroline, 1976-

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Summary
Praise for Caroline Kepnes and You :

"Hypnotic and scary." --Stephen King

"I am RIVETED, AGHAST, AROUSED, you name it. The rare instance when prose and plot are equally delicious." --Lena Dunham

In the compulsively readable follow-up to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You , Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls "the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman."

Hidden Bodies marks the return of a voice that Stephen King described as original and hypnotic, and through the divisive and charmingly sociopathic character of Joe Goldberg, Kepnes satirizes and dissects our culture, blending suspense with scathing wit.

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...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Joe Goldberg is convinced of two things. He'll never love again after the death of his girlfriend, Beck, and he is going to get caught for murdering her best friend, Peach. Then Amy Adam walks into his NYC bookstore, and the two bond over Philip Roth and copious, fantastic sex. He's in love again, until Amy betrays him and heads to Los Angeles, of all places. Disgusted by her superficiality, Joe follows her out there and gets sucked into the world of ironic narcissism, relentless aspiration, and the general desperation of the celebrity-industrial complex. Then he meets Love Quinn, the grocery store heiress whose genuineness and perfection are only marred by her closeness to her twin brother, Forty, a drug-addled, delusional screenwriter. Can Love's love quell Joe's murderous rage? The story reads like the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman but without the gore and misogyny, which means nothing stands in the way of the reader enjoying Joe's cynical, murderous charm. Though it is a sequel to You (2014), Hidden Bodies may be even better on its own.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Joe Goldberg, the narrator of Kepnes's dark, quirky sequel to 2014's You, is a serial killer who otherwise leads a normal life as a New York City bookstore manager. Joe's relationship with M.F.A. student Guinevere Beck, whom he pursued in You, ended badly, and he's devastated when his current girlfriend, Amy Kendell Adam, mysteriously disappears. By tracing Amy's computer search history, Joe discovers that she has registered for an acting class in Hollywood. He vows to go there, find Amy, and make her pay for deserting him. Once in Hollywood, he continues his murder spree, all the while hoping to find Amy. In his search, he meets many well-drawn characters, including an L.A. policeman and a rich, drug-addicted playboy. Meanwhile, Joe undergoes a surprising personal transformation, and remarkably, the author convinces the reader to empathize with her killer protagonist. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME Entertainment. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Missing persons -- Fiction.
Serial murderers -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2016.
Edition First Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 439 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 1476785627
9781476785622
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