Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.
In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…
I feel dirty finishing this book, like I need to wash off how f*cked-up this book was. Honestly, there were moments when I was wondering what the heck I was reading, but not in a bad way. No, on the contrary, I didn’t want to put the book down but it is so twisted. Now, if you know me, I love a good, dark read. This book and its predecessor are on a whole new level of crazy. And I feel covered in a layer of guilt, shame, and confusion.
Joe is clearly a bad guy…except I find myself cheering for him and wanting him to get a HEA. Then, I pause and feel guilty for wanting this because clearly a psychopath should be behind bars and not getting a happily ever after! All the new characters and bodies, well lets just say we reached a point when I thought the madness would never end. I just don’t have words to wrap this story up. But it is so twisted and crazy that words aren’t needed, nothing is needed except several hours to read the book in one sitting because you can’t put it down once you start.
The story is a drug, I just kept taking hit after hit after hit. I was captivated by the story and for all the darkness, Caroline Kepnes has a skill for making me sympathize with the darkest of characters. She makes the sickest minds relate-able, and this in itself is a skill that will have me coming back to read her work again and again. A truly unique, refreshing story and the only issue I have is the damn ending!