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The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes' hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show....

Joe Goldberg is back. And he's going to start a family - even if it kills him.

Joe Goldberg is done with cities, done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now, he's saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cosy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library - he does know a thing or two about books - and that's where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won't meddle, he will not obsess. He'll win her the old fashioned way...by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they'll both heal their wounds and begin their happily-ever-after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is...Mary Kay already has a life. She's a mother. She's a friend. She's...busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He's ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.

©2021 Caroline Kepnes (P)2021 Penguin Random House US

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Mediocre writing saved by Netflix

I'd only been able to listen to about 2 chapters of the first book because the narrator’s voice was so grating. It's clear he loves the sound of his own voice but for me it made getting into the story very difficult. This narrator makes Joe sound more like a frustrated incel than a stalker and I wanted no part of that. But then thankfully Netflix showed me Joe's potential and the TV Series, "You" became my new obsession. So I gave Hidden Bodies a try. I had to really concentrate on picturing Joe from the TV series because, again, what is with this book's narrator? Is that what it really sounds like in book Joe's head? Because that is just bleak. Hidden Bodies was good. I actually preferred it to Season 2 of, "You." (Really weird casting choices in that season). So I was pretty excited to read this third installment. But that's the thing about lazy writing, it always eventually reveals itself. This book lacked a story, character development and common sense. This book ruined the character, "Love," who I never cared for but still believe deserved better. This book was awful. Way too many pop culture references (Gilmore Girls? Are you kidding me?) and all the secondary characters were given these weird discriptors like "meerkat", "rat," and FECAL EYES. Fecal Eyes? REALLY? And these cutesy little descriptions were used numerous times. It was beyond annoying because when Joe actually did use someone's actual name I had to remind myself of who that person was. Awful. Just awful. And all the dead characters from the previous books were brought up too many times preceded by "RIP" and I just wanted to scream. (RIP Beck, RIP Forty) I have a sneaking suspicion the author was trying to meet a word count and that's why this book was so repetitive (and redundant - - - yeah I watched Gilmore Girls as a child but looking back even I know it was trash). (lol) Anyway, this book was lame. But if you're a reader who likes to see a series through then it's probably worth your credit. Just not your time. Ugh, Joe was so annoying. I'll never be able to hear the phrase "lemon head" without wanting to vomit. And please for the love of God stop giving character these ridiculous names. Mandala was the last straw.

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What else would you want from a book?

Darkly funny. Joe, our favourite stalker, sets his eyes on a librarian. His wonderfully warped mind leads to the deaths and poor excuses we're now used to. So great, Not a novelisation of the TV series, well worth reading in itself. The narrator is perfect.

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Santino Fontana was absolutely brilliant.

story line couldn't pick a direction. too many sub plots that came out of nowhere for absolutely no reason. feels like trying to force shock for Netflix.
writing style was brilliant, very engaging.
Santino Fontana has to be my absolute favourite narrator out of all the books ive listened too, nails absolutely everything