Book review: You by Caroline Kepnes...
You is a dark thriller about Joe a guy who works in a New York book shop and falls in love with Beck, a girl he meets when she comes in to buy one of his favourite books. From there we soon discover Joe is not what he seems, and so begins his obsessive stalking whilst he tries to woo her- and kills off any competition!
Written in first person from Joe's point of view we get to hear his deepest darkest thoughts as he systematically tries to take full control of Beck's life. He reads her emails, watches her house, and stalks her social media- so we get to know her the same way Joe does. The interesting thing about this book is that the more you get to know Beck and her friends, the harder it is to have any sympathy for her. I know that sounds stupid, as obviously she is the victim of a stalker- but she is really not the nicest person!
I never thought I'd read a book where I'd start to sympathise with a psychopath, but I almost did, and at some points I was *almost* rooting for him! The trouble is Joe is a charismatic and often really funny character and sometimes found myself laughing along with him. Because it was written in first person we got to delve inside his head, and really get to know him. This is what made You so enjoyable- it was constantly making you question where you're loyalties lay (and was everything Normal should have been.) I've heard it be compared to American Psycho and I can certainly understand the link.
It didn't hold back with how dark it got, and the darker it got the more compelling and humorous it was. I really enjoyed you, and would thoroughly recommend!
"What a shame to be so angered by what you don't have that you treat what you do have like it's nothing."
I gave this book 4/5 on Goodreads.
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