Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

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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…

“Your skin is a waste of space because there’s no heart inside of you” 

First of all if you haven’t read YOU go and check out my review because I really did love it and don’t want to turn people off it just because I didn’t like this one. I really think this whole book was unnecessary and after I finish this review I will be wiping my mind of it Men in Black style.

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So this is really disappointing but I just can’t give it more than 2 stars MAYBE 2.5 but that point 5 is just left over like from book one.

Hidden Bodies follows the main character Joe, creepy stalker killer that I unintentionally liked in the first book and makes him completely unlikable. Which I guess is fair on a surface level he is a serial killer after all. But what made You so unique was that Joe was a horrible human but completely charming, it showed a serial killer doing horrible shit and made me sympathise. The first book he’s packed for all charisma, witty dialogue about books, and truly horrify methods of torture WHERE WAS THE JOE WHO LOCKED PEOPLE IN CAGES AND FORCED THEM TO READ? I WANT HIM BACK.

Not only was Joe’s personality completely lacking, the plot was missing. The plot wasn’t missing a certain thing, no, it was literally missing. SOMEONE SHOW ME WERE THE PLOT WAS? Perhaps I blocked it out in my pain. Lets recap:

Joes dating a new chick and not being a stalker because she’s a new age hippy and lives off the grid, he’s happy and only a little paranoid, she ends up being a bitch Joe gets sad and moves to LA. In LA he fucks, gets annoyed at dudebros, runs, meets a cliche as fuck character that becomes his new love interest, mingles with celebs, kills some people in boring ways, nearly gets caught coz he’s a dick and gets a slamin’ bod from running.

^ yeah that’s what I call boring. It’s not told in Second person which is what I adored about the last book, there’s no real suspense because I was so sick of Joe I was ready for him to fall in a hole and stay there.

To be honest if I didn’t love You so much and if I wasn’t sent this for review I would have DNF’s it at 200 pages.

Even though my review sounds pretty ranty I didn’t exactly hate anything, it just didn’t live up to my expectations and I didn’t love or even like anything. This shouldn’t have been a book, all it’s succeeded in doing is affect my memory for book one. Overall yeah if you loved You just skip this, treat You as a standalone. I know I will be from now on.

Thank you to the publishers S&S for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read Hidden Bodies? What did you think? 

If you do still have plans to read this, I know I did even after I read some bad reviews I hope you like it more than I did 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

    1. I loved the first book because the writing was amazing and so different to anything I’ve read before but this just didn’t do it for me, it was written in first person instead of second and lost it’s creepy tone for me 😦

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    1. I hope you like it more then I did! I mean I saw bad reviews for it but went ahead and red it myself so I completely get you wanting to read it 😀 I think I had to high expectation because the first book was so different to any other thriller I’ve read and this one was just average compared to it.

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