November 15, 2015

Series Sunday: You

(You #1)

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"Suspense is good for people. It makes us stronger. This is why America loves Stephen King so much; he keeps us on the edge of our seats until it hurts." ~ pg. 79

My Series Sunday pick is You, the first book in the series of same name by Caroline Kepnes. So what does Joe Goldberg do when a beautiful aspiring writer walks into the bookstore where he works? He googles the name on her credit card. Guinevere Beck has a public Facebook account, tweets a lot and posts a status of her whereabouts often, making it easy for "chance" encounters with Joe. He orchestrates a string of events that have Beck falling into his waiting arms. Before Beck realizes it, her stalker has become her boyfriend. And Joe will do whatever necessary, including murder, to keep his place in Beck's life. This is why You is true to its bloody book cover.

Creepy, right? Realistic too, huh? You never know who is watching or reading your every move on social media. A Facebook friend, a Twitter baé or an Instagram follower could be stalking you, waiting for the perfect opportunity to insert themselves into your life. Joe and Beck are the literary examples of this.

"EVERYTHING peaks. It's just the nature of all life." ~ pg. 131

Such a simple title for a calculated character. Joe is a trip! And dare I say that I was rooting for him—the bad guy! I can't go into much deet without spoiling the story; just know that You was an okay dark read about a twisted character. Don't get excited—I am not comparing it to other REALLY GOOD psychological thrillers that shall not be named here. In fact, it was not a page-turner at all but every time I put it down, I wondered what Joe's next move would be. Add it to your TBR piles now that the hype has died down from its 2014 release. I wouldn't be surprised if it is adapted to the big screen.

Now excuse me while I crack open the advance readers' copy of the sequel Hidden Bodies.

Title: You
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Published: September 2014
Pages: 332
Edition: eBook
Challenge: New Author
Rating: ♥♥♥


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