Author : Caroline Kepnes
Publisher : Atria books
Genre : Psychological Thriller
Source : Purchased
Rating : 3 stars
Summary : When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
I read this book for two reasons, one, because everyone is raving about it and two, because I really wanted to watch the TV show. If it weren’t for the TV show giving me the push though I doubt I would have ever picked it up.
This book is going to be hard to review for anyone who is reading it this late because of all the hype surrounding it. Essentially, is this book only average or is it only average because of all the rave reviews making our expectations skyrocket? I’ll never know. But, despite all of that, I shall still review it so that in case it is the latter, you won’t have your expectations so high.
WHAT I LIKED
The book is filled with damaged people. No one is normal, no one here is a complete, proper human being. Beck is messed up, Joe is messed up and almost all their friends are messed up. It is rather ridiculous how messed up they are but if you keep your eyes open in the real world you will realise how well Kepnes has written mad behaviour and how characters justify it in their minds. Joe, of course, is an extreme example but the others are all normal people. Not proper or complete, just normal.
I did like how she wrote it. The plot, the way Joe addresses Beck through the whole thing while not addressing her. He’s just thinking in his mind and it’s almost as if his mind is narrating what is happening around him. I loved the plot (despite not being too happy with the execution) and I though it was such an interestingly thought out premise.
WHAT I DISLIKED
Well. A lot. There are portions of this where the language just gets really crass. I am not a fan of crass writing, and definitely not a fan of erotica (this sometimes sort of seeped into that genre) and had I knows some of the scenes would be so explicit I would not have picked it up. I certainly wouldn’t have taken it with me to work and then been in a bad mood the rest of the day. (yes yes I’m fine with murder, not with sex, I realise how mad that sounds)
Read this if you are okay with portions that make you uncomfortable, with a “pro-antagonist” who is utterly ridiculous and a bit of creepy erotica thrown into the mix. I would say it is worth reading if you like creepy books though. It is definitely a creepy book.