Hidden Bodies (You #2)
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…
First things first: I absolutely loved You. It was different, it was fascinating. A bit nasty at times, yes, but irresistible nonetheless. ¿Did it need a sequel? Definitely not. But now it seems there will even be a third book (and sure, I’ll read it, why not).
Hidden Bodies has exactly the same style as You, so if you didn’t like the first one, you shouldn’t try reading this at all. It’s honest, brutal and never subtle. It will make you smile and it will terrify you. It has that effect.
My main issue with Hidden Bodies is that the style was not so magical this time: we’d seen it before and so it wasn’t as unique as it was the first time around. And Joe, the sociopath who made us all feel guilty for loving him so much, well, he’s no so “nice” in this one, at least that’s what I felt. He’s less pathetic and even more malicious than before. And Amy and Love are not Beck (okay, Beck was awful, but she was hilarious, too).
Caroline Kepnes’s writing is amazing and her style has always impressed me: it’s original and fresh, I’d like to write like that. But Hidden Bodies lacks a bit of the humor You had. I loved the beginning and the ending but there were some pages in the middle (the adventures with Love’s family and the movie production) that felt a bit filler-y. And we’ve lost the second person narrative that surprised us in the first book. Now Joe doesn’t talk to Beck or anyone, he just rambles in the present tense.
There are references are all over the book, you can be sure of that; even more than in You. There are even a few celebrities making their stellar appearance, as Caroline Kepnes changes New York hipsters for LA artists. In short, we can say that Hidden Bodies readers won’t be left indifferent: this is not an easy book, but it surely is worth reading.
As for me, I enjoyed You way more. This felt a bit long and it lost me a bit at some parts.