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Review: Hidden Bodies

April 5, 2016

Hidden Bodies

You by Caroline Kepnes was one of my favorite books of 2015.  I listened to the audio version and hung on every creepy word so I was very excited to learn that a sequel was coming out this year.  I received a copy of Hidden Bodies early this year but opted to wait for the audio version when I learned that Santino Fontana was continuing the narration.

Hidden Bodies picks up where You left off.  Joe’s got a new girlfriend and things are going well for him but then his girlfriend moves to Los Angeles without him.  No one dumps Joe like that, though, so he follows her out there.  He’s settling in his new home and things seem to be on track – Joe’s found a new girlfriend and is trying his hand at screenwriting and he begins to hope he can put his past behind him.

Not everyone understands Joe and his unique talents though, so he’s forced to take care of some things.  Yes, with Joe’s twisted logic, it seems he only does what other people bring upon themselves.  Things get complicated and Joe finds himself in a situation he might not be able to wiggle out of.

I thought Hidden Bodies was a good follow-up but I didn’t love it the way I did You.  I think it was partly because I already “knew” Joe – his twisted logic wasn’t new to me – and partly because Joe has mellowed out some.  I do hope Kepnes continues this story, though, because I want more of it.  I do recommend reading these books in order and want to mention that there is explicit language in both.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


20 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2016 4:31 am

    We’re in sync! I just wrote my review for this book too!
    And I think we felt similarly about it : it wasn’t as new and surprising as You, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I’d be happy to read more, but if there isn’t, I feel like it concludes the story well.

  2. April 5, 2016 5:29 am

    Wow! This sounds really creepy. I need to go and read You now.

  3. April 5, 2016 6:48 am

    I’ve got both on my audio wishlist! I was going to just read them, but someone else mentioned how good they are on audio, so I’ll go that route.

  4. Beth F permalink
    April 5, 2016 6:56 am

    I’ll start with You (well, not *you* but YOU — ha, ha)

  5. April 5, 2016 8:47 am

    Heading over to audible to listen to a sample of You right now…

  6. April 5, 2016 9:17 am

    I have the audio of You but haven’t listened to it yet. I’ll listen to Hidden Bodies if I like it.

  7. April 5, 2016 9:47 am

    I’ve got You in my TBR pile. It seems like many bloggers have rated it highly. I will get to it in the not-so-distant future.

  8. April 5, 2016 10:28 am

    This sounds interesting. I would like to read You, and then will see if I want to read this one too.

  9. April 5, 2016 10:39 am

    Sounds creepy! a bit like the book I just finished (Thin Ice). Very convoluted reasons for a person to be so twisted.

  10. April 5, 2016 11:18 am

    I feel like everyone has really enjoyed YOU, I can’t wait to get to it, maybe this month actually. I find most 2nd books in series are not as great but enough to make you want more.

  11. Patty permalink
    April 5, 2016 11:54 am

    This so funny because You is a book I should have loved but for me something about it was off. So…I didn’t even look at this one…but your review and the thoughts of others seem to really love it!

  12. April 5, 2016 12:24 pm

    I started reading You…and just stopped. I really hated Joe, and I know we are supposed to be appalled by him, and drawn in at the same time. Maybe I’ll pick it up again at some point, but right now, Joe is in my rear view mirror.

    I know that many have loved You, however, which piques my curiosity. Did I give up too soon? The good thing about e-books: they are waiting in the cloud.

  13. April 5, 2016 2:23 pm

    I thought this got a little slow in the middle, but maybe it was because the first book was so fast-paced and compelling. I still enjoyed it a lot.

  14. April 5, 2016 3:14 pm

    I cannot wait to read this one, but I just got it from the library!

  15. April 5, 2016 3:26 pm

    Kathy, thanks for your honest review of this book. I hope you are having a good week so far.

  16. April 5, 2016 8:19 pm

    I was really impressed with You and definitely want to pick this up. It’s good to hear the audios are good – I might go with that.

  17. April 6, 2016 1:48 am

    I should start with You then

  18. bookingmama permalink
    April 6, 2016 5:55 pm

    I agree with your assessment. I thought maybe I felt that way because I listened to the first book and read the second. I also think the original book was so unique!

  19. April 14, 2016 10:47 pm

    Better you than me 🙂

  20. Ryan permalink
    April 14, 2016 11:54 pm

    I’m going to have to read your review of the first one. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

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