Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes


Title: You

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Date Published: September 25, 2014

Number of Pages: 422

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery


When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

My Review:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

To start off, I am a total fan of the Netflix series and ever since I’ve watched the Netflix adaptation, I kept wondering how come I have never heard of the book before given that I am also an intense bookworm.

I haven’t read a lot of books from the mystery and thriller genres, and I just recently discovered my love for them. Upon reading the book, I never thought that I’d be as invested in the novel given that I already know the gist and twists in the story since I’ve already watched the Netflix adaptation. To my surprise, I have spent two nights at the edge of my seat and turning the pages. It’s so sick! There were scenes in the book that were not included in the Netflix adaptation, so in some ways, I was still shocked.

What I liked most about the book is that there are a lot of book references. I’ve discovered a couple of books that I have added to my Goodreads to-read list. Also, I’ve read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown just before reading that book and I’m so so thrilled about Beck and Joe reading it together because I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code.

Overall, I can totally say that I am in love with the book more that I am with the Netflix series. I cannot wait to grab a copy of Hidden Bodies!


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