Thanks to Atria/Emily Bestler Books for providing me with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Hidden Bodies, by Caroline Kepnes, is the sequal to You. Though I hadn’t read You, I didn’t have any trouble getting pulled into this series about a
really nice guy who is down on his luck in the love department rare book dealer/murderer turned Hollywood writer/murderer. After all, poor Joe is really trying hard to avoid this messy, stressful business. “How things come together in this universe, how they don’t is unfair.”
Our Joe is not an unlikable guy as murderers go. He’s a complicated man full of contradicting qualities. He’s insecure and egotistical. He’s sensitive and cynical. He’s able to love without restraint though he seems to have a hard time sustaining his romantic relationships. They always end, well, you know… badly.
After moving to the west coast to find Amy, the woman who stole his heart and a few expensive books back in New York City, he meets an interesting cast of characters but does not immediately locate Amy. He does, however, meet Love, the daughter of wealthy grocery store owners. Will she be the one to save him from himself? Can he learn to trust again? Can he finally let go of Amy?
This book was a super-fast read. The author’s writing style was a nice change from many of the books I read lately and usually gravitate toward. The ending was one that left me looking forward to the next book in the series but I’m not sure how many books in a series such as this I could read. I could, however, see how this series could develop a very devoted fan base.
My rating: 4 stars