Posted July 28, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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Caroline Kepnes

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 will have to keep this review brief in order to not give away any plot points.

I came across this book by recommendation of other authors that I love. I thought, hey if they liked it I’m sure I will too. I was blown away. I have read a ton of great books this year and this is only the second one that has really knocked me on my ass. I was fully consumed on page one. The author’s choice to tell the story from the viewpoint of a sociopath was pure genius. I found myself jumpy and on edge the entire time I was reading. I also seriously considered wiping out all of my social media pages by chapter 2. As soon as I finished I was like a mad woman telling everyone I knew that they had to read it.

“After all, if the average person was told about an often nude girl prancing around in front of an open window and a love struck guy across the street watching discreetly, most people would say I’m the nut. But you’re the nut.”

Joe Goldberg is truly one of the most chilling characters I have come across in recent memory, (think Hannibal Lecter.) He takes a five minute encounter with Guinevere Beck and turns it into a full blown relationship in his own mind. Some of the things he says and does are really beyond disturbing. However, the author’s writing style is so great that she is able to make you empathize with him. I found myself rooting for him. I wanted Joe to get the girl he was coveting, even though I knew how sick his mind was. Utter genius when a writer is able to do this.

“The problem with books is that they end.”

If you enjoy reading Gillian Flynn, Tarryn Fisher, Stephen King, or just reading in general, then this book is for you. Just make sure you lock your doors.

5 Stars and a bottle of Apothic Dark Red Blend! Enjoy! 

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