Hidden Bodies


“Kepnes hits the mark, cuts deep, and twists the knife.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Delicious and insane...The plot may be twisty and scintillating, but its Kepnes’s wit and style that keep you coming back.” —Lena Dunham

“Hypnotic and scary.” —Stephen King

“Obsessed.” —Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive

In the compulsively readable sequel to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.

In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…

Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes Summary

Hidden Bodies is a thriller novel by Caroline Kepnes, published in February 2016. It is the sequel to her 2014 novel, You. It will be loosely adapted in the second season of the Netflix thriller series, You...

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Couldn’t put it down5 star

I am so fascinated with Joe Goldberg. I love YOU and Hidden Bodies. I was so devastated when I finished this one because I wanted it to keep going! You won’t be disappointed. 55


Great book5 star

After watching You, I had to read Hidden Bodies. Didn’t disappoint, couldn’t stop reading! Hoping there is another one to follow! 55

L in NJ

Great read!5 star

I couldn't put it down!! I read it every chance I got. I couldn't stop thinking about it and what was going to happen next. I hope there's a follow up book soon. 55


A Page Turner4 star

I couldn’t stop reading and wondering what craziness would ensue next. Joe Goldberg never fails to be the perfect mix of good guy/bad guy. At times I found myself rooting for him and his psychotic reactions, but other times I was screaming “DON’T DO IT JOE!” If you have read or seen the Netflix series “You” then this is a definite MUST read. Ending is left for interpretation and made me want more. 45


Love this author!5 star

This book keeps me intensely interested until the very end. I’m left wanting more! I was definitely rooting for the bad guy 😅 55


Whaaaaaa?1 star

That’s how it ends?? TWO books and THAT is how it ends?? Worst.ending.ever. 15


Wow!5 star

What a writer! I love the narrative of this book. Amazing how the author normalizes Joe, and has me rooting for the bad guy. 55


Not good! Rambles on1 star

The first book was good this one sounds like a manic person just rambling on and there is no ending, there's no closure. What a waste of my f**king time. 15


Hidden Bodies2 star

Meh. This one felt like it was a rushed attempt to capitalize on the success of You. It was sloppy and completely overwhelmed by lucky breaks for the story's protagonist. What made You so engaging was the voice that carried the disturbing tale. This voice was significantly weaker in Hidden Bodies, I suspect because the plot was poorly constructed. I found the conclusion a huge disappointment. How fortunate for Joe Goldberg that every cop on the planet is a total idiot. Also completely lucky that a mug of urine went undetected for a year in a mansion stocked with staff to keep it ship-shape. Love was a fluff character and super annoying (and unbelievable). The murders were unoriginal (and unnecessary). Her first book really did impress me, but this one was low-grade enough that I won't seek out any of her subsequent work. 25


Huge disappointment2 star

I really liked "You" so I was excited that there was a sequel. Hidden Bodies started off slow and continued to be.....slow.....pretty much the entire book. And it's not a short book. I only finished reading it because I wanted to know what happened at the end. Not sure how it got so many good reviews because it was such a let down compared to the first. 25

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