Joe is done with the cities. He’s done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now, he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.
He gets a job at the local library—he does know a thing or two about books—and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle; he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old-fashioned way: by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.
The trouble is, Mary Kay already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s busy.
True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.
Joe Goldberg is a captivating lead character. Watching ‘You’ on Netflix now has me thinking of Penn Badgley as Joe. Penn does play the hell out of that character. He is also part of the reason why a creepy stalker like Joe is quite endearing to me. This story begins with Joe on the hunt. He has found a Librarian who he is in love with. Of course, the Librarian is also in love with him. At least this is true in Joe’s mind. He is committed to do everything in his power to match his dreams with reality.
As done in the previous books in the series, the story is narrated from Joe’s POV. We are literally stuck in his stalker mind and get to see the world from his twisted view. I took a little longer to adjust to the first-person narrative this time round. However, once I got comfortable with the writing style, I became totally engrossed with Joe’s dark, humorous thoughts.
There are a number of twists throughout the narrative although the pace did feel much slower than the previous books in the series. It did improve after the half way mark and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough after this point.
This is an entertaining series. I am not sure if there is anything left for Joe but I know the author will likely surprise his fans with another twisty journey and I can’t wait for it.