Welcome to the first Throwback Thursday review! I won’t be doing them every Thursday, but from time to time I find myself reading a book that’s a little older than a lot of the brand-spanking new titles I tend to gravitate towards.
These books are just as good, hidden gems that got away from me the first time around. And what’s better? These can usually be found on your library shelf, at the used bookstore or available in paperback!
My first TBT is Hidden Bodies by Carolyn Kepnes. Providence, her newest title is so hot right now, but her back-list is just as good! This one came out in February, 2016.
From the Publisher:
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…
Gosh, Joe is just the most loveable serial killer. Not since Patrick Bateman have we been given such a window into the mind of a seriously demented sociopath. When the book opens, he has moved on from his previous obsession (covered in You, read it if you haven’t), living a life as a somewhat disconnected bookseller.
After he is wronged by a girlfriend, he follows her to Hollywood with the hopes of seeking out revenge. But through his obsessive desire to seek out that revenge, he finds something he never thought possible for himself.
Hidden Bodies is definitely a page-turner. A good story with a satisfying end for a not-so-nice protagonist. And it’s funny because as awful as Joe is, he finds he’s not so bad compared to some of the LA types. It’s hard to say much without giving details away. But pick up a copy and join Joe for a wild-twisting ride through the Hollywood Hills. You won’t be sorry!
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