When Stephen King, “The King of Horror” says a book is “Hypnotic and scary.” You know you’re in for a good time.
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.
-Description from Simon & Schuster website
Okay guys this book messed me up, and when I say it messed me up, it really MESSED. ME. UP. So naturally I want everyone to read this book so we can all talk about it in therapy together.
The entire book is written from the point of view of this crazy obsessive serial killer named Joe. And you know that he is the bad guy starting on page one. So no big deal right? WRONG, so very, very wrong! Even though you know straight up that you are reading the book from the point of view of the bad guy there are still times when you’re laughing about what he said because he’s kind of a funny guy, and then he does something romantic and you think “aww that was nice,” and you even find yourself feeling bad for him when he gets blown off again by Beck, the girl he likes. But then you remember that this man has intimate pictures of Beck (she has no idea that he has these). He also regularly steals her clothes and takes a particular liking to her under garments. And he keeps a weird kind of shrine to her in a hole in the wall of his living room. None of the romantic events are really romantic, and he only knows he is being blown off because he has HACKED THIS GIRLS EMAIL, AND STALKS HER ONLINE.
**brb changing all of my passwords**
THEN IT REALLY HITS YOU THAT HE IS A CREEP AND A KILLER AND YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT FEEL BAD FOR HIM, AND YOU SHOULD NOT FIND HIM FUNNY, AND YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT LIKE HIM. But this book is so well written that you can’t help but to like him because he can be kind of a cool guy sometimes. So you try to look over the fact that he kills people, because you genuinely want to like him and see the best in people. And then he goes and kills someone else!
Like really guy? I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU!
This book makes me feel crazy because I feel bad for the bad guy even though he is a murderer. (This is reason #1 why I will need therapy after reading this book.)
Also this book has made me supremely paranoid because Joe seems so casual and normal to all of the people that he interacts with. The people that he works with, and even his friends have no idea that he has killed more than a handful of people. Honestly, people don’t even know that he is a murderer until he is killing them. So now anytime I see someone who I think looks like they are nice and well adjusted, I remember this book and instantly wonder how many bodies they currently have stored in their freezer. (Reason #2 why I need intensive therapy after reading this book.)
Real talk though, This has to be one of the best creepy, thriller, horror books I have ever read. This is something that could actually happen, and that makes it even scarier. I loved this book and could not put it down. I really liked how it was written from Joe’s point of view, and we could see his thought process and how he was rationalizing everything. I think it being written from this point of view also adds to the creep factor, because the reader sees Joe’s motive and they can understand why he did what he did. We like to think that murderers are crazy, awful, inhuman monsters and they are just awful people. But this book takes you into the mind and life of one and you can see that while yes, they are obviously doing awful things, they are not these scary monsters 100% of the time. This book blurs a lot of lines, makes me feel all kinds of uncomfortable, and I love it.
The cover of this book is simple and does not give a lot away on what they story will be like. You can kind of tell that it is going to be creepy because it kind of looks like blood, but that is all. This is truly a book that you will have to pick up to see what it is like.
When it comes to rating I will give this book a 5 for quality and a 4 for popularity. Giving this book a total score of 9 out of 10 from this blogger. This book is really uniquely written and makes you look at the world around you and the people in it differently. I absolutely love when a book can do that.
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