Review: You

October 20, 2014 Atria, book review, thriller 6


  • Written By:  Caroline Kepnes
  • Published By:  Emily Bestler Book, an imprint of Atria/Simon and Schuster Inc, September 30, 2014
  • Length:  432 pages
  • Source:  Received from publisher in consideration of a review

Summary:  Love hurts…

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.

Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect facade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .

A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:  From page one of this book I had the feeling that Joe was off, a guy who was lustfully leering at a customer just shopping the book store where he worked.  He not only noticed everything about Beck, he flirted with her with some book banter, and he made sure to  get her credit card information.  Joe referred to a woman who had been in his life before, just that mention sent a chill up my spine.

Beck made it a bit too easy for Joe to monitor her movements.  Lesson learned, buy drapes or window coverings and use them.  Oh sure Joe was able to sleuth around and commit illegal acts to get the information he wanted.  Joe’s attitude was that nothing and no one would halt his pursuit of Beck.

You is written in 2nd person point of view, and I had to actually look it up as I knew the pattern of words and use of the “you” was different.  This is sad when a once pre-journalism major can’t remember something so simple.  The choice was wonderful, it was Joe talking to Beck, making his plans, sealing the deal, creeping me out!!  His actions shocked and surprised me, had me uncomfortable reading this book at night and thinking of my daughters, wondering how careful they may be.

This book is captivating! While I was often shocked and disgusted by the visual imagery that Ms. Kepnes had Joe sharing with me, I couldn’t stop turning the pages. I cheered for someone to pick up on his deviant behavior, and I picked up on some causes for Joe’s actions, but he kept on with his devotion to Beck.  There are many adeptly placed literary mentions throughout this book.  They add to Joe’s knowlege of books in his role at the book store.  I enjoyed them very much.

If you like a thriller, with a stalker feel to it, grab this book.  Highly recommend.

6 Responses to “Review: You”

  1. Jenny

    Sounds creepy!! And I have a weird interest in stalker stories (have you seen the new show Stalked?) The addition of the bookstore setting and literary references makes this sound interesting as well. Hmm.. I think I’ll add this to my list of recommended books with your name next to it!! 🙂

    • Anita

      Jenny, it was very good, and yes I’m watching Stalker or Stalked, it’s ok, not great. I have a weird interest in stalkers too, what does that say about us…ha ha.

  2. Deborah

    I think this had the potential to be REALLY amazing but didn’t quite make it – though I enjoyed it a lot. The second-person POV was good as it kinda forced us to bond with Joe. He even seemed quite sane and logical at times! 😉

  3. DoingDewey

    When I read This Is the Water in 2nd person, I had to look it up too. I enjoyed the 2nd person narration in that book because it was so well done and so different from anything I’ve ever read. I can easily imagine that narrative style being used to tell a creepy story about a stalker. In fact, it might be too creepy for me! The last time I picked up a book from the perspective of a killer, I ended up DNFing, so this might not be my cup of tea. Great review!

    • Anita

      Thanks so much for your thoughts Doing Dewey, Katie, I like being creeped out by books.

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