Gone Girl meets Fatal Attraction in Caroline Kepnes' You, a chilling account of the twisted psychology behind unrelenting passion.
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore 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's more to Joe than Beck realizes and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. The obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences....
A chilling account of unrelenting, terrifying deceit, Caroline Kepnes' You is a thriller more perversely clever and dangerously twisted than any you have ever listened to.
©2014 Caroline Kepnes (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
You by Caroline Kepnes (Audible Edition)
I have listened to many, many audible books but have never felt compelled to write a review for one. Usually my audibles are books I have already physically read, but with You, it was a recommendation that I couldn’t squeeze into my blog reading schedule, so I bought the audible instead.
I have to say, this is THE BEST audible I have ever listened to. Santino Fontana narrated the s**t out of this book, his voice was perfect, his perfectly timed intonations brought the character to life, he was one with Joe. Comedic timing was spot on, that dark, creepy timbre was mesmerising as well as alluring and shiver inducing and I actually believed that Caroline Kepnes’s Joe Goldberg was at the other end of the mic when this book was made. This book turned into a reality thanks to Santino Fontana, a twisty, dark, reality of Joe, the seemingly innocuous book store manager.
For those that have not read You, Joe Goldberg works in a little book store and Caroline Kepnes takes no time in letting you know that Joe is a few sandwiches short of a picnic. Joe, for all intents and purposes is a stalker and right from the very beginning we are witness to him finding his next target. From the initial first glance, to the credit card receipt, to stalking on social media, hacking and firmly planting himself in her life. Joe is intense, calculating, extremely clever and a master manipulator but the way in which Caroline Kepnes keeps you in Joe’s head for the entire book actually makes you love him, well I did and with that added voice of Santino Fontana, Joe became real. Nothing and no-one will come between Joe and Becks and god help you if you try. This is beyond infatuation, but the clever and calculating way that this story is delivered only makes you want to know more.
Joe is a character you should hate, heck, I would never want to come across him, but as an outsider being privy to his thoughts and actions I found him fascinating. So many witty one liners that had me laughing out loud even though I should have been cringing. His nonchalance, his inherent belief in himself and what he Is doing is normal, the extents to which he goes to beggars belief, yet I still loved him.
As this book progressed, my little snippets of Joe in the car on school runs was never enough and I found myself listening when I should have been reading other books, those last three hours, I was captivated, I just carried on listening till the end. I already have downloaded book two and that is primed and ready to go and I cannot wait to reconnect with Joe. I have questions I want answers to, so what will Joe get up to next? I will keep you abreast.
Stunning audio book and just goes to show what happens when the voice nails the character. This was more than a narration, Santino Fontana did his homework, he voiced his arse off, and it paid off.
Couldn't put down!
Joe...dangerous with a wicked humour - a serial killer who you end up rooting for!
He brings Joe to life. Great narration, you can 'feel' Joe's emotions.
Well written, dark humour and a serial killer similar to 'Dexter.' Quite a few sex scenes - so if you are easily offended - don't buy. However, you will be missing a cracking story! Follow it up with 'Hidden Bodies.'
Not only was Santino Fantana an amazing narrator for this particular story but I became so consumed by this story that everything else fell away. I couldn't call it a thriller definitively or truly; although there are twist and turns that have you totally on edge. it's a romance it's everything it's crying it's crime, It is love, it is menace, revenge, psychopathy and a perfect match - true love, effortless cunning of the protagonist; an all consuming read or listen I became totally in the world of the book; what an amazing writer she is. I'm going right back to the start this minute and listen to it all over again, I'm not sure when I will stop and move on, just like the characters...
Eerie, scary, occasionally suffocating and over all fantastic read about a man who is utterly obsessed with a woman who visits his book shop. From Facebook to standing outside her door at night this story gave me the chills from beginning to end.
"Absolutely loved the portrayal of obssession"
I love how the story was able to rationalize the creepiness of the whole affair. I loved and hated and felt everything.
I honestly can't describe it without spoilers. And I wouldn't want to do that to you.
Joe, of course. He perfectly conveyed the insanity cloaked by a veneer of normality.
I laughed right out loud in many (many) places, visibly cringed in others.
Some of the content was a little too explicit for me. Overall though, I love the pace and sense of humor that fills the book.
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