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April 11, 2016

Liked It: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Series: You 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Atria
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Thriller

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.




It took me six weeks to finish HIDDEN BODIES by Caroline Kepnes. I've been seeing mad ravings about You and naturally I got so curious that I have to know and experience the high y'all have been getting from her books. Now I don't know if it matters because it didn't really affect my ability to grasp the story, but I have yet to read You. Sure there are spoilers in that I know what Joe did in the first book, but as there's really no overarching arc, I eased into HIDDEN BODIES pretty quickly.

So Joe is in LA, hobnobbing with some rich folks in Hollywood after his current girlfriend, Amy, stole some priceless books from him. Joe went searching for her and while on a hunt, he met and got involved with several interesting people and situations. Naturally, death follows Joe and it's how he gets away with it all that had me very curious. Sure he's a sociopath but he's not as calculating as, say Dexter for example, where the murders are carefully plotted from start to finish to refrain the clues from pointing to him.

As a character, I did like Joe Goldberg. He's a very contrasting character in that he's passionate and sincere about his feelings of love, his inner monologues are abrasive but funny. The dude tries, sometimes too hard, to be accepted, to fit in, to be good, very normal stuff. It's when he snaps that had me super fascinated in the inner workings of his mind. I don't consider joe cold-blooded, there's a lot of feelings involved in his murders in that he romanticizes and justify his kills. Joe, for all intents and purposes, is very normal, boring even.

It was on the halfway mark that I stopped reading HIDDEN BODIES. Joe's assimilation to the LA crowd and all its superficialness and other nonsensical situations bored the hell out of me. I don't really care about you writing a script, doing a movie, getting in on with a new rich girl, why aren't you HUNTING AMY!?! I love the storyline of the con artist getting conned! Sadly, CKepnes abandoned that and gave us chapter after chapter of "How to make it in Hollywood". Bleh!

I liked the ending, it's fair and it's when we truly see Joe's psychosis. HIDDEN BODIES just wasn't what I was expecting and I'm vacillating whether or not to read You. Spoilers aside, I didn't quite catch what the fuss is about.











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39 comments:

  1. Oh that really sucks that this one was disappointing. I've been wanting to read You for a long time. I wasn't sure how You was going to turn into a second book, though. Sorry to hear this missed the mark for you!

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    1. I'm but one among a readers who loved this. Go for it, you might feel the opposite

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  2. Oh that really sucks that this one was disappointing. I've been wanting to read You for a long time. I wasn't sure how You was going to turn into a second book, though. Sorry to hear this missed the mark for you!

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  3. Joe is definitely a very different kind of protagonist. ;)

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    1. I like him, he's very different and funny even if he's unhinged.

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  4. Sorry you didn't really like this one. Maybe it would be better if you read them in order? I don't know. I do have YOU to read, so hopefully soon.

    -Lauren

    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. Maybe it's this installment. Maybe You is a better fit for me. I'm not in a hurry though

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  5. Well that's disappointing. I've read a slew of raving reviews for this book/series as well, so I'm pretty disappointed by this instalment. Still trying to grow a pair to read YOU.

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    1. That's why I jumped on this. Different plot, same psycho. I'm thinking You is the better between the two. Of course I have to read it to say for sure

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  6. What a creepy title!! Wow ahah, after reading your review, I'm like Are you sure it deserves 3 stars? lol, it just looks like it ate your time and didn't give much back. Best luck with your next read!

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    1. Joe saved it for me, but he wasn't able to smoothly carry me through the boring parts. I didn't care for all the Hollywood hullabaloo

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  7. Too bad it wasn't lore but wow 6 weeks is a long time to finish a book...

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    1. This was almost aDNF. I'm still glad I finished it

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  8. I've heard great things about You and this one. I am pretty curious. Maybe that mundane stuff was meant to balance when he snaps and has a psychotic episode. Now I'm curious if he ever does find Amy and his books. :)

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    1. I thought it was for contrast too and a chance for redemption. Maybe it's the Hollywood stuff, I don't know, it tarried and I got bored. I hope you read it, I'd like to know your take

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  9. I've been wondering about this one. A few of the members of my book club has been raving about it. Although I've noticed it's received mixed reviews.


    Simply Angela

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  10. wow sounds creepy and interesting!

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    1. The scariest murderers are the types that you never see coming or even suspect

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  11. Contrasting indeed - a normal, boring guy who just happens to be a killer? Hmm... I'm sorry this was all you'd expected it to be though, Braine. :/

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    1. Oh well, it happens. Still glad I read it :)

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  12. This wasn't as suspenseful as You, but I enjoyed it. I think the audio made a big difference. I started it as a book and went back to audio because like you I felt a little bored.

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    1. Thats good to know. I might read You at a later time, when my residual feelings about this has passed. I feel tainted by HB right now lol

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  13. I have read both books and You is far better, but even in that one, I struggled at the midway point because it got repetitive and it dragged. Totally agree about this one, the first part was exciting and interseting and even funny but as soon as he hooked up with Love, it went downhill.I too wanted him to hunt Amy, and then when he finally sees her at the end, it was a total fizzle. I think I am done with this series.

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    1. I was disappointed when he finally found Amy. Like is that it?! Then again I understood why he did it but because I was expecting a big moment, I wanted it to be MORE.

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  14. I wonder if the library had book 1 or not

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    1. I have You on Kindle, let me know if you want to read it.I think I can loan it?

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  15. Book one was A LOT better than this one. I'll tell you that <3 Have to agree with you on this one though :/

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    1. It sounds like it. Y'all raved about it so I'm guessing this was a sophomore slump

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  16. It's nice when you can ease into the sequel if you haven't read the first book, that's not always the case. I don't think this is a book for me, but it sounds like it's interesting to get a view into Joe his head even though part of it was a bit boring.

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    1. It wasn't very gory but this isn't something I'd recommend if you want to try Kepnes

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  17. Aw darn! At least you pushed through and got a decent ending. You did better than I since I recently dnf'd a book. :) I might try the first one and then stop at it. :)

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    1. That sounds like a good idea and something I should've done

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  18. Awww, sorry you didn't enjoy this one as much as you'd have liked. I, too, want to read it because everyone has been raving about these books. I was tempted to buy the first book, but I'm on hold at my library for it. I'll wait.

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    1. That's always smart plus let's support our local libraries!

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  19. Oh no! I'm sorry you didn't love this one like you had expected. I did, personally... but I think that's mostly because I completely fell for Joe in YOU, which I think was a bit better than Hidden Bodies. I also listened to the audio, and man, Santino is king!!! He totally brought Joe to life for me, and I fell. HARD! I'd definitely recommend you read YOU, and if you like audios, DEFINITELY go that route! This one had a few boring parts, I agree. I didn't find any boring parts at all in YOU. Hope you enjoy it more than this one! :)

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  20. Sorry to hear about the partway DNF in this one Braine! Too bad it distracted from the main plot a bit with all the movie making and everything. Can't wait to read this one regardless though!

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  21. That sucks. I don't think I'd care to read all that either. Shame it doesn't sound as if it was as strong as book one :/

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