Author: Caroline Kepnes
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Reading Level: Adult
Released: February 23rd 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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.This is an Adult novel recommended for ages 18+ due to mature subject matter.
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...
There is something very special about Joe Goldberg. He's so special that in a weird sense he will sew himself to your heart, literally. His psychotic and stalk-ish ways are indeed terrifying but his cleverness will warm your inside.
In You, the first book of this series, Joe will take you in a freaking mother-BEEP roller coaster. When I first started listening to the book, I hated it. Who in their right mind would listen to this man read about a man stalking a college girl? No one. To the point where he finds her home address, follows her everyday, and would watch her do everything, AS IN EVERYTHING. He's INSANE!! He thinks of the craziest sh*t and here I was wondering why the f*ck I was listening to this story. But as I continued, because in a messed up way I needed to know what he would do next. And in a more f*cked up way, Joe will somewhat warm your heart - in my case, he did. As I continued following his story, getting in his mindset, I'd noticed that this maniac is lonely and only wants to loved. And just as I was thinking he had found his happiness and will turn into a good guy (HA, the lies I told myself!) and whatnot, he does the unthinkable and blows my mind. Seriously, WTF?! I didn't see the ending of You coming. Let me put it out there, Joe is a serial killer, and in a very f*cked up way, you, the reader, will fall in love with him.
In Hidden Bodies, we follow Joe do more crazy sh*t, he kills more people, and still in a messed up way, you still love him. LIKE... HOW?! MIND BLOWN, AGAIN. I usually try not to use profanity but with You series, it's the only way to get it all out. Especially when you're listening to the audiobook, because Santino Fontana is freaking Joe. There is no other explanations. He reads this story with perfection and it feels so real. Like if you'd Joe sitting right next to you telling you his batsh*t adventures in Los Angeles. Like a friend trying to tell you his life story is worst to make your shitty day better. This story is so intense and hysterical and OH SO GOOD. It never slows down! In each chapter there is always something happening and you just want to stay all night listening because you don't want to miss out on anything.
So there, I freaking love a serial killer. I love Joe Goldberg. I love his references to our pop culture, I love how he doesn't give a f*ck what people think of him and I just love how true he is to himself. He doesn't bullsh*t and he will cut you in a heartbeat if he thinks you're playing with him. He is an asshole and will belittle you if he thinks you're dumb. He's rude but gosh, he is just stating the truth for the most part. And I love him!
If you're sensitive, then this is not a story for you. If you want to read something that will have you saying WTF every other minute, keep you on the edge of your seat, then freaking listening to You series. There is so many plot twists that you will keep you entertained from the very beginning of Joe's story, no, with Joe himself, to the very end. Honestly, Joe is such an entertainer and will you laugh out loud. You will come to terms that he is a genius, because indeed he is. Beyonce got nothing on him! He take entertainment to a whole new level. So go read/listen his story.