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Review: You

October 1, 2015

You

Joe meets Beck when she comes into the bookstore he works in and he becomes obsessed with her almost instantly.  He decides she’s the one for him and he will stop at nothing to make her his own.  Joe uses social media to keep up with her so he can plan their future.  Beck isn’t all that she appears to be, though, and may just be a match for him.

You by Caroline Kepnes is creepy, disturbing, and completely addictive.  Reading it is much like passing a car wreck – you’re not sure you want to see what happened yet you can’t look away.  There are times when readers must suspend disbelief but it all works so well you don’t realize you’re doing so until the book is over.  The tension in the book is palpable and propels the story along.

The story is told in the second person from Joe’s perspective and it works brilliantly.   At times he made my skin crawl and at others he seemed totally charming.  He’s one smart guy, though, and the literary and pop references he uses made him seem real to me.  Some of the scenes where he lusts after Beck are pretty graphic and may turn some readers off but I thought they essential to know Joe.

It’s hard to believe You is a debut novel.  The main characters are well developed and the storyline is compelling.  I could not put this book down and held my breath through parts of it.  The ending surprised me but I thought it was fantastic.

The audio version is narrated by Santino Fontana and he does an outstanding job – he nails the character of Joe.  Even though this book gave me the creeps, I couldn’t wait to get back to it.  If you like psychological thrillers this is a must read and I highly recommend the audio version.

My friend Julie sent me this book.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2015 7:02 am

    I read another book called You that was creepy too! I think even the title implies it will be creepy, LOL

  2. October 1, 2015 7:50 am

    I saw this one at BEA and after reading the synopsis I passed on it thinking it would be disturbing. So my instincts were right. But I loved your analogy of the car wreck. So true that our curiosity propels us to look into something even though another part of our brain has warning bells going off. 🙂

  3. October 1, 2015 8:29 am

    This sounds really good… and perfect for RIP. Hadn’t heard of it before. Thanks!

  4. October 1, 2015 9:04 am

    Your review has intrigued me, I’m going to check this one out.

  5. October 1, 2015 9:18 am

    Had never heard of the book/author. Sounds like a good one.

  6. Patty permalink
    October 1, 2015 9:45 am

    I had to look this up…I read it a year ago and wrote the word creepy. I don’t think I liked it.

  7. October 1, 2015 11:25 am

    I started to read this one, and for whatever reason, set it aside. I know I have read plenty of “creepy” books, so this one shouldn’t have put me off completely. I plan to pick it up again at some point.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. October 1, 2015 3:21 pm

    This sounds creepy and fantastic and perfect for RIP X!

  9. October 1, 2015 7:57 pm

    I don’t usually care for creepy reads but your review intrigues me so maybe…

  10. Diane permalink
    October 1, 2015 9:57 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this one, so I now have to check if audio download is available. Great review Kathy

  11. October 2, 2015 12:35 am

    Great review, Kathy! I will definitely keep You in mind.

  12. Beth F permalink
    October 2, 2015 6:54 am

    This is new to me, but sounds like a great October read or listen.

  13. October 2, 2015 3:09 pm

    I thought this book was SO good but I have to admit that I wasn’t shocked at all by the ending – I couldn’t imagine it ending any other way. I think there’s a sequel coming, but I’m not sure when.

  14. October 2, 2015 7:14 pm

    This book completely unsettled me. And I agree with you- the audiobook is especially chilling. I have the sequel but have to psych myself up to read it!

  15. October 2, 2015 8:53 pm

    Oh my goodness I’ve got to get this one! Psychological thrillers are right up my alley!

  16. bookingmama permalink
    October 5, 2015 2:42 pm

    I loved this book even though it was so disturbing! I think it was even scarier because I listened to it. Not for the faint of heart!

  17. October 7, 2015 2:51 am

    I loved this one too. And the audio was so well performed – in a creepy way!

  18. October 7, 2015 9:07 pm

    This one is already on my wishlist. Looks great!

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