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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Atria Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
It’s Been Seven Hours And Fifteen Days Since You Took Your Love Away
First impression, I love Joe. Beck is a bitch, and Peach is super annoying. Amazing how the character you’re supposed to love, you dislike, and the character you’re supposed to dislike, you love. That was an amazing thing Kepnes did. Made you fall in the love with the stalker psycho. I cannot even think of one negative thing about this book, other than the two female characters drove me absolutely bonkers! I hated how pretentious Peach was, and how Beck thought her poo didn’t stink and gravitated to those who she thought she could gain something from. Joe, in all of his snarkiness, and the way he could pinpoint, and observe people, was my favorite character by far, and although he was a bit vulgar, I adored him.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for years, so I am thankful Atria sent me the book, and asked that I post about it in a certain time period, so it kind of forced me to read it, and thank goodness! I cannot wait for the show to premiere tonight on Lifetime. I also have the sequel HIDDEN BODIES and cannot wait to dive further into the world of Joe, and she what other murderous things he is up to.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Kepnes’s newest book PROVIDENCE so I am glad I felt much better reading this one. I love how dark, and dramatic, and engrossing YOU was, I loved that I rooted on the villain, and tried to find ways to justify the things he did. I loved being inside the mind of Joe, and seeing the world and people from his POV.
The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can’t fly, is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly. Only a monster would lock a bird in here and call himself an animal lover.”