Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

A few months back, I wrote an article about all of the books that scared the master of horror himself, Stephen King. He tweets about books all the time, and really, that article could have also been called “That Time I Stalked Stephen King’s Twitter to 2013.” That’s just not as catchy, but it would have been in keeping with this book.

Since I wrote that article, I’ve read 2 of the 11 books on the list: the first was Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, which was hilarious and fantastic. The second and most recent, was Caroline Kepnes’ You. I should have known right off the bat that I was likely going to be terrified by this book. I mean if Stephen King thinks it’s scary… what would the rest of us mere mortals think?

You is about a guy, Joe Goldberg, who works in a bookstore, had a rough childhood, and judges the books people buy. But one day, Guinevere Beck walks into the store, and into Joe’s life, and he can’t let her walk out — ever. Joe looks at the name on her credit card, and that’s all he needs to know to find out everything else about her. Where she lives, her Twitter, where she goes to school for an MFA. He worms his way into her life, and uses her tweets and emails to know everything he could ever need to know. It’s terrifying because it. could. happen.

It could happen easily. From page one, I was drawn in, and as the book went on I became more and more reluctant to put it down. It’s dark and twisted, for sure, but it was so good. I don’t remember the last time a thriller was actually…thrilling, leaving me on the edge of my seat, throughout it. I also can’t remember the last time I finished a book that I couldn’t wait to review.

Luckily, Kepnes has a sequel coming out in February, and I’m already dying to get my hands on it! The real question is what to read next because You is stuck in my brain like Beck was in Joe’s.

What was the last book that really captivated you? Help a girl out! 

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