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Book Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes


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…


This is the second book in the Joe Goldberg Series by Caroline Kepnes. The first book was You. Like You, Hidden bodies, follows Joe, the psychopath with a piling body count. Hidden Bodies pick up from where You ended with Joe searching for love again. Like in the first book, Joe is the narrator and so the whole story is told from his perspective in a second-person narrative. As readers, we are still in Joe’s mind, seeing things from his standpoint, trapped in his thoughts as we follow him to Los Angeles on a revenge mission.


Unlike the first book, there are more psychopaths who join the story. This makes it even more twisted and exciting. Yeah, I know it sounds a bit crazy to be that into these books but I really love this series and Joe is an affable serial killer.

I enjoyed this book like the first one. However, I felt like Hidden Bodies was a bit unrealistic in some instances. Joe seemed way too lucky, things just worked out perfectly for him. For instance; he committed his crimes and always seemed to get away with it way too easily. The way he meets his love interest, Love, is also a bit too simplistic and convenient.

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes is well written and the story has a good flow that makes it quite the page turner. Joe is still funny and his dark humor made me chuckle a couple of times. I really enjoyed his description of LA, his criticisms were hilarious. Just like in You, Joe is endearing and once again I found myself drawn to a serial killer instead of being repulsed by him.

If you like psychological thrillers then you may like Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. To better enjoy this book, start by reading You which introduced Joe Goldberg to readers.You can read my review here. This was a fun, easy read and I do hope that we get a Book 3 and see some more of Joe.



11 comments on “Book Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

  1. Tea Time with Marce
    June 4, 2016

    I LOVE serial killer books and absolutely cannot wait to start reading this series. I have really high hopes so I’m trying to calm myself. So great to hear the 2nd is as good as the 1st. Great review.

    • Diana
      June 5, 2016

      Thanks and I hope that you will like this one 🙂

  2. Donna
    June 4, 2016

    Haha, you don’t sound crazy, don’t worry! 🙂
    Great review, I did not know this series, so I’ll check You!

    • Diana
      June 5, 2016

      Haha glad to hear that.Felt a little weird liking a serial killer even if he is fictional:-)Its a nice series,dark but perfect for fans of psychological thrillers.I also liked the fact that the psycho was the narrator.

  3. Lekeisha The Booknerd
    June 4, 2016

    I have You on my wish list. I hope to read it soon. Not really into serial killer reads right now. Great review!

    • Diana
      June 5, 2016

      Thanks Lekeisha and I hope that you will like it when you get to it but you are right,the mood has to be right for you to enjoy it.

  4. mrenee
    June 6, 2016

    How good is this series? I would love another book too. Joe is one of my favourite narrators – is that weird? haha

    • Diana
      June 6, 2016

      hahaha totally not weird, Joe is awesome(in a Thank God he is fictional kind of way). I like the series too and glad to hear that you also do. Lets wait and see if Kepnes will give us something new 🙂

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