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: truelove. 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…
Here we have it, ladies and gentlemen! My second Bomy Award of Excellence of this year!
Worldbuilding: Joe goes to Hollywood, and the world of much trial and lots of error, he blends in seamlessly into a world of narcissism and psycho behavior. If anything. Joe has more of a moral compass than lots of the people we meet here. Take that for irony, lol!
Characters: Joe Goldberg is a masterpiece. He’s witty, smarky, supremely amusing with his awesome sense of humor, he’s well-read, knows his shit, charismatic, manipulative to a degree – though less than others he has to deal with in Hidden Bodies, might I add! – and you can’t help but love him. Despite his wrong-doings, you just can’t help loving him to bits. I couldn’t. I wanted him to win at the end of the day. I wanted him to take down all the ugly he encountered. And I wanted him to get away with it. I still do. I’m not sure if that speaks to my moral compass or the degree of disgust I feel toward certain aspects of society and life ad we know it today. But I don’t care, in the end. I wanted Joe to get away with it all.
Plot: I felt the story did this magnificent thing, making me empathize with Joe, humanizing him to an overwhelming degree, bringing out this tiny little Joe voice inside my head by the end. The story was hilarious and kept me hooked all night long, literally. So much fun, so exciting! And not gruesome, actually.
Writing: First person, present tense narrative, Joe’s POV. Some of the most charismatic, smart, exciting, and funny writing I remember reading.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb, but Caroline Kepnes is an auto-buy for me, forever 😀
Hidden Bodies is a brilliant, fun, surprisingly light read; a lovely sarcastic comment on society and culture today, on ourselves as part of that as we root for the killer and hate the people he meets along his way. I recommend it to lovers of witty, sarcastic, charismatic main characters who get rid of a body every now and then. I recommend Caroline Kepnes to smart people with a sense of humor and an open mind. Don’t miss out, this is gold!
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