Title: Hidden Bodies (You #2)
Author: Caroline Kepnes
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.”
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…
Joe Goldberg will forever be one of my favorite fictional characters for his sarcasm and cynicism.
Hidden Bodies, book two of the You series, continues where the first book left off. Joe is happy finally with his girlfriend Amy. After the trouble with Beck, he’s glad to be moving forward with his life…until she decides to rob his bookstore and disappear. Flushed with anger and embarrassment, he moves out to Hollywood in pursuit of Amy, hoping to find her and add another to his ever-growing body count.
Out in Hollywood, he meets a variety of interesting characters. The most important of them, Love and Forty Quinn. He believes Love to be his soulmate but in order to have a future, he must first clear up his past.
While I loved every bit of this book, I found myself liking it slightly less than the first one. The reason for that was that it seemed as if he had TOO many close calls and got away unscathed without the police being called. I can see this happening once but it just became a regular occurrence throughout the second half of the book. The first time is when he breaks into a woman’s apartment thinking it’s where Amy lives and the girl lets him go (but not before asking him for his number). The other time that really bothered me was when one of the people he tried to kill (I won’t say the name as to avoid spoilers!) turns up alive, he doesn’t decide to call the police but rather blackmails Joe to do as he says.
That bit made me frown but I thought the ending of the story wrapped it up really well. However, I can see this potentially leading into a third book and I really hope that’s the truth because this is one addicting series.