It has been ages since I posted a book review which is crazy as I've read so many books lately. One that really stands out is YOU by Caroline Kepnes.
When Guinivere Beck walks into Joe's book store he is smitten. With the aid of Twitter, Facebook and a stolen phone he is able to delve deep into Beck's life, what she likes, what she thinks, where she is, enough information to make himself into the man she needs.
The trouble is Beck's true colours are a little darker than Joe expected and he has to work harder to keep her attention. So hard the game takes on a deadly turn.
The book is written in the second person, which is hard to read initially as it is not a common narrative device, but fits the storyline perfectly. You are basically inside Joe's head. A very scary place to be. But Kepnes is very clever, by making Beck's character quite unlikeable the simple stalker premise is twisted to the point where at times you find yourself routing for Joe, despite him being a sickening psychopath!
The book certain makes me think about of how much of our lives we put online. As a blogger I'm definitely guilty of this! And whilst some of the lengths Joe goes to to find out information about Beck are at times extreme, they are plausible. Scary.
You will either love or hate this book. Be prepared for extremely offensive and sexually explicit language. If you can stomach it then it is a fantastically obsessive, dark read. I can't wait to read the follow up Hidden Bodies which has just been published.
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