BOOK RECOMMENDATION – JULY 2015: “You” by Caroline Kepnes

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“You” by Caroline Kepnes

 Category: Adult Contemporary/Thriller

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆

Synopsis:  Joe Goldberg is the manager of a bookstore and his life changes when Guinevere Beck (Beck for short) enters the store, and his life.  Unfortunately, Joe is an obsessive and deranged stalker; and Beck is far from the typical virginal “good” girl we typically see in stalker fantasies; in many ways she has her own moments of derangement.

This book is told entirely from Joe’s point of view, and the results are chilling.  The synopsis on the back of the novel summarizes this novel best: “You’re going to be so sorry when you realize what you made me do… the good news is that I have no regrets.”

Why I Recommend It:  Kepnes is an exceptional writer.  Not only is she able to take the audience into the mind of a seemingly normal, yet certainly disturbed beyond measure, stalker for 400+ pages, you end up having moments where you doubt Joe’s derangement!  I had to keep reminding myself of the atrocious behaviors committed by Joe in order to stay “sane” throughout this read.

Joe is written as reasonable and yet exceptionally disturbed.  Beck, the object of his obsession, is in many ways even crazier than Joe.  The combination spins your head around and when the end of the story comes around, you’re left wondering what the hell just happened. I realized the genius of the author when I began to root for the quite likable stalker.  Incredible.


Trigger Warnings:  This book is exceptionally graphic.  It is consistently sexually graphic.  It contains kidnapping and murder.  Kepnes shows how easy it is for someone to know your every move and every thought through your social media platforms.  If you can’t handle any of these topics, or are disturbed by graphic sexual content, this book may not be for you.   If you love books like Gone Girl for their disturbing qualities, you’ll love You! Link: “You” by Caroline Kepnes Link: “You” by Caroline Kepnes