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You by Caroline Kepnes

He watches. He waits. He follows. 
 
25161131When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookshop where Joe works he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart and sexier than his wildest dreams.
He’d kill to have her. 
Soon Beck can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart there is only one person she can turn to. But there is more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade.
The obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…

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This edition was published by Simon and Schuster, June 2015
I picked this novel up after hearing a customer rave about it to her friend on the phone. Since I’ve been in a major reading slump lately, and was looking for a unique book to pull me out of it, I decided to give ‘You’ a go.
And boy, did it pull me out of that slump.
I read this amazing novel in just two days! Over four hundred pages in less than forty eight hours (the last book I read that quickly was the Cursed Child – see my review here), and I was baffled by every single word.
This piece of work was definitely worth picking up, especially since I never read adult crime. Joe, the ‘protagonist’ of the book, pulls you into a story of lust, and forbidden desires while dragging you through the twisted – and at some stages justified????? – thoughts of a stalker.
Kepnes’ novel is unlike anything I’ve read. I found myself wanting more and more of his twisted thoughts and Beck’s forever on going dramatics. Some scenes kept me wide awake and lost in my own imagination, and others left me hoping that no one was peeking over my shoulder to see what I was readings.
I have very few criticisms of this novel.
i. It was extremely hard to keep up with where the reader was on the timeline.
One moment we would be in August and the next moment I’d find myself half way through the next year. I would have loved each paragraph to inform the reader of the date or the time of day – just to ease any confusion (or maybe i just wasn’t paying enough attention)
ii. I found myself very unsatisfied with the ending
I did hear from someone who had finished You, that there was a sequel. And although the ending did not satisfy (for reasons I can’t explain with out hitting that spoiler zone), I doubt I’ll be picking up Hidden Bodies.
iii. It troubled me that Joe justified everything? 
This is more of a scare factor for me, rather than a criticism of Kepnes’ work. It just seems absolutely bizarre to me, that there are people out there like Joe.
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I gave You a 4/5 stars, and have already recommended the great read to friends and family alike.
But again, and as always, these are my own honest opinions, if the blurb reaches out to you and sounds interesting, I would definitely say you should consider it.
~Find it here~
~Mark as ‘To Read’ here~
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