Published: September 30th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Page Count: 424
Amazon: Hardcover – $40.45 / Paperback – $10.48
Barnes and Noble: Hardcover – $22.27 / Paperback – $11.21
Description via Goodreads:
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.
What a trip this book was. I still am mind blown by everything and it made me rethink a lot of things. I don’t even want to try understand the high level of research this type of book needed, but the end result is truly chilling.
I picked this book up randomly, not really knowing much before going into it. My friend recommended it and she said it was fantastic. I don’t usually read thrillers but this one was different and her suggestion didn’t disappoint!
We are introduced to Joe and Beck through a seemingly innocent encounter, but Joe is anything but innocent. He wants to be engaging and funny, not to mention make a lasting impression on Beck. From the moment he see’s her he becomes obsessed. There is no question in his mind that he and Beck would be perfect.
The story is told by Joe’s POV and readers and thrust into his mind where things are just as scary. The writing kept me on edge the entire time, but I wasn’t surprised at some of the big reveals. I knew how this story was going to end before I finished the first chapter. I knew there wouldn’t be a happy ending but the ride along the way did keep me on the edge of my seat.
Joe is the classic unreliable narrator and it was intriguing to read about his attempts to blend in and create this new persona that he knew Beck would be interested in. Deep down he was cold and calculating and his obsession heightened that inside of him.
This book isn’t for the feint of heart. There were some very disturbing moments and some of the language is graphic. There was also a good amount of time spent on the thought of sex which was fine to me, but there was a large amount of it mentioned.
Overall, this was a good thriller. Joe was a very interesting character to examine and Beck had her messy moments. I think that if you like thrillers with more graphic content then this may be a book to pick up. Also, Lifetime is picking this up and turning it into a show which looks very good!
“The problem with books is that they end.”
“Work in a bookstore and learn that most people in this world feel guilty about being who they are.”
This book was given 4/5 star rating on Goodreads. (I would give it 101 stars would that I could).