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Hidden Bodies

(You #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  58,310 ratings  ·  6,692 reviews

In the compulsively readable sequel to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral da
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published January 14th 2016)
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Dannielle Lindsay-Rohr Yes ! And he's amazing. Is there any other books that he narrates other than You and Hidden Bodies?…moreYes ! And he's amazing. Is there any other books that he narrates other than You and Hidden Bodies?(less)
Dorie YES!!! If you enjoyed You, then Hidden Bodies is just as fantastic. No sophomore slump. I devoured every last word. Had to force myself to not read it…moreYES!!! If you enjoyed You, then Hidden Bodies is just as fantastic. No sophomore slump. I devoured every last word. Had to force myself to not read it all at once just so I could enjoy it a bit longer.(less)

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Emily May
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I buy violets for Amy. Not roses. Roses are for people who did something wrong. I have done everything right this time around. I’m a good boyfriend. I chose well.

And so begins the sequel to Kepnes' beautiful little mindfuck - You. We are taken, once again, inside the mind of Joe Goldberg as he, yet again, pursues his "true love". This time, his adventures take him all the way to Los Angeles.

Hidden Bodies is good, but honestly, Kepnes has lost a little magic here. I think it was always going
Emma Giordano
Feb 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
I’m sorry, but this book was not good at all. A super unnecessary sequel that lost absolutely everything that made You such a hit. I don’t think it’s possible for me to be more disappointed. This is one of my least favorite books I’ve ever read.

CW: stalking, violence, murder, substance abuse

I was deeply disappointed with the direction of Joe’s character. In You, Joe has a unique path of development. It’s clear he is a very twisted man who does horrible, irredeemable things, yet there are moment
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Caroline Kepnes, I don't know if you know this or not but you are building a legion of fangirls and boys. We will follow you..........

Joe is that character that you are not sure you should admit to liking. You sure as hell shouldn't publicly acclaim just how much you adore him.

Joe falls for Amy, that chick from the end of the last book that gave him a fake credit card. She is so perfect for him. They get each other.
Then the scamming heifer takes off after robbing him.
Joe is not going t
Mar 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.3/5 Stars ⭐️

“It is possible to know people. They show you who they are. You just have to be looking.”

Oh boy. Where do I begin? Have you ever felt like reading a book could manifest itself? Like you could actually have not only mental but physical symptoms from the experience? I felt like death was coming while reading it. Coronavirus has nothing on this. And I actually finished this book while on quarantine.

This book contains more Woody Allen references than Riverdale's random pop culture refe
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 21, 2019 rated it did not like it

I wanted to read this sequel even though I wasn’t a big fan of the first book and I wanted to see what was coming next on Netflix series! L.A. could be nice change of view for Joe’s killer instincts (maybe he may save us from so many obnoxious, B-rated stars and jackals and abusers who destroy lives in movie industry)

OMG dammit what happened to the witty, intellectual, sarcastic and entertaining inner monologue of Joe? The author
I loved 'You' and started 'Hidden Bodies' immediately after I finished it. Looking back, I think that maybe I should have taken a break from the endearingly crazy Joe. Two books full of his rants and rationalizations back to back was just too much. Joe's special brand of crazy is probably best served in small doses. I absolutely loved him, but soon grew irritated with his antics. You really can get too much of a good thing.

After the way things ended for Beck, Joe finds a new object of obsession,
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a bunch of psychopaths trying to do what they think it is right, in their own way.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF at page 84

I wasn't kidding when I said this is the worst book I've ever read. This is seriously the worst book I've ever read. Every other book I actually finished and awarded one star and every other book I never finished because it sucked... all of those books are a million times better than this garbage that masquerades itself as a book.

Caroline Kepnes has to be a pseudonym for a thirteen year old boy who just learned about sex from his friend and spends his days watching porn and eating
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Oh dear, Ms. Kepnes. You got me with You, but clearly you were out to get someone else with Hidden Bodies. What I found clever and enticing in You seems to have vanished, and in its place you took me on a crude meandering journey that felt too long -- way too long -- and pointless. In fact, it’s almost like you knew exactly what to do to shake me off. Instead of the bookish New York setting in You, you set Hidden Bodies in Hollywood with no literary references whatsoever. And focusing on Hollywo ...more
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The rare re-read continues with the second book in the You franchise and once again when it comes to my original thoughts below . . . .

But I'm doubling down on this being a stupid effing title. It should have been Love. Especially with the upcoming book three. You then Love then You Love Me . . . .



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Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3 out of 5 stars to Hidden Bodies, the second book in a thriller and suspense series by Caroline Kepnes. Last month, my buddy Medhat suggested a read of You, the first novel in the series. It was such a fantastic book, probably in my top 2 of 2017 to date, that I had to continue reading the series. I've heard rumors there will be a third book, but I've yet to see it confirmed. I need to check on that! I am also completely excited as Lifetime is turning the books into a television series. I can't ...more
Charlotte May
“Because the real horror of my life is not that I’ve killed some terrible people. The real horror is that the people I’ve loved didn’t love me back.”

Oh Joe, you sick and twisted bastard. This was absolutely brilliant! Just as addictive as book 1. We left Joe with his sights set on another woman, Amy Adam - a girl who walks into his bookshop and once again Joe is infatuated.
He does whatever he can to be with Amy, but when they finally get together, she royally screws him over. Joe can’t deal w
I always worry when a second book in a series comes out- will it be a good as the first one? In this case...I would have to say a BIG YES! If you loved Joe as much as I did in- You...You will not mind having him weed out some of the pesky folk that have the unfortunate fate- to come up against him in the sequel- HIDDEN BODIES.

...and do I feel guilty for loving a serial killer that sees some of these idiots as mere inconveniences to be be brushed aside to make his life easier? I don't. Af
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
It all goes like that: Q: Oh, fuck. Double thousand triple fuckity fuck. (c)

The 2nd book is even better than the 1st one, imho. The author is going to be very careful so that the3d one doesn't repeat Harris' flop with his 3d vol of Hannibal Lecter. Joe & Love are such precocious characters that I have no idea what path would let the 3d book to be at least equal in standing with its predecessors.

I smile. We exist. We are both on a journey and we are both in love and that’s all anyone can hope
Feb 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mental-illness
UPDATE: I had originally given "Hidden Bodies" 2 stars when I read it in July. Now that I've had time to fully digest it, I think I was actually too generous with my 2 star rating, a 1 star rating is much more appropriate.

What the hell did I just read?!?! I'll be honest, I felt like "You" was perfect the way it ended. "You" is one of my favorite novels I've read this year. It's unique, (second person narrative) sexy, intriguing, and beautifully written. So by the time, the sequel, "Hidden Bodie
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

It is possible to know people. They show you who they are. You just have to be looking.”

I've been desperate to get my hands on this and it certainly didn't disappoint.I read this in 24 hours,I could not put it down.
The story picks up where book one ended.This probably could be read as a standalone as events from the first book are well explained but I STRONGLY advise reading You so you can truly understand Joe.

So after Joe's involvement with Beck ended he is with Amy.
Now Amy is n
Lindsey Rey
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, thriller
[I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

Loooooooooved it! I'd say this series is Dexter meets House of Cards and I seriously love every second of it. I need a third book ASAP! I liked this book slightly less than the first one - the only reason being is there was a few too many references to random celebrities and modern things (e.g. Buzzfeed) and sometimes they felt overdone. I still absolutely loved it and what it did to my brain and Joe's character and how m

4.5 Stars


I don't think I've ever loved a murderer as much I as love Joe Goldberg. I'm not sure if I should admit to that, but I don't care, he is just so damn entertaining. Caroline Kepnes has created one of the most fascinating characters I've ever had the pleasure to read. I'm not trying to turn into a gushing fangirl, but in all honestly I find her storytelling, her characters, and her writing simply brilliant. Hidden Bodies is quirky and addicting, with an element of underlying dark humor,
Edward Lorn
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just got an email from Amazon that my hardcover has shipped! Can I get a "FUCK YEAH!" Also, I'm bumping this review to remind everyone that this comes out in two days, February 23. Buy it. Buy one to read and one to collect. Buy your friend a copy. Buy your pet chinchilla Bernie a copy!


From the jump, we will get rid of my one and only complaint. I prefer the original title of this book. According to GoodReads, Hidden Bodies was originally entitled Love. I can only imag
raising this from 2 to 2.5 stars upon reread so at least this wasn't a total waste


yes i am rereading a book i didn't even like the first time so that i can know what they changed in the show. let me suffer in peace


this bonkers.

and not in the same way as the first book was. not bonkers like wow-this-is-the-creepiest-thing-i've-ever-read-the-genre-of-thriller-is-being-redefined-for-me-as-we-speak-i-am-in-awe.

not as unambiguously positively as that. more like, never-i
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
You all will be happy to know that I have enjoyed Hidden Bodies significantly more that You! I'm still not sure why I had a hard time taking a liking to her first book. Maybe because I felt so much of the beginning was setting up the story, whereas in this book the story is full blown and we are thrown back in the middle of it. I actually liked Joe more in this book than the last one; I also felt the author's writing was stronger this go around. Definitely a believer now and am anticipating anot ...more
Nop. I think Joe deserves better than 3.75 stars (original rating). So I’m upping it to 4.

Right so, after the awesomeness of YOU, to say I was giddy with excitement to read Hidden Bodies would be a gross understatement. And, well... what I expected to get and what I got were two different things.

It’s nearly half a year since the concluding events of YOU and Joe’s got a new woman in his life, Amy Adam. He is completely smitten with her as she’s everything Beck (the girl who stole his heart in bo
“HIDDEN BODIES” by Caroline Kepnes, is the follow-up to her debut novel, “YOU”, the continuation of an evil serial killer …Joe Goldberg.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book so much better than book 1. I had a hard time reading YOU, book 1, a dark psychological thriller that is not a book for everyone. "You" is not the book for you if you are easily offended by coarse language or scenes of a sexual nature.

In "YOU", we see Joe's involvement with Beck and later ended with Amy. But Amy is nothing
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I listened to this on audio a few months ago right after I finished listening to "You".

Although I didn't find it as good as "You", I was still completely engaged.

Now I'm watching the TV series.

Can't wait for book three!!!
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Did this book really take me nine days to read?! That alone tells the whole story. I put this on the hold the second I heard about it. I expected it to be published in September of last year. Waiting until February was torturous, though not, as it turns out, as torturous as trying to get through this bizarre sequel. I understand that the author was poking fun at LA but this was too long, too over-the-top, and too unbelievable for me. Joe, what happened to YOU?! 2 stars.
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I hate to say I didn't love this one like I did the first book. The first book blew me away. But, I still love Joe <---Yes, I know your not supposed to love killers but he was just so good at in the first book. He's not so bad at it in this book either, but everyone messes up right?

We are introduced to a whole new set of characters when Joe follows Amy to LA, he doesn't want to go there, but you know Joe. He has a few trysts in LA and one serious relationsh
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2019, suspense
A 2-star Californian soap opera. A sequel to You? Ehhh . . . sort of. I probably would have liked it more as a stand-alone with no tie ins to You. Our main character and a few plot points carry over, but it pales in comparison. It felt like the author had a book idea and tried her best to tie it in as a sequel.

I mention Californian soap opera, and so does Joe. He equates the world he is living in to the SNL skit The Californians – after which I could not get that out of my mind. Thus, all the fu
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
“A book lets you choose how much of the blood you want to see. A book gives you the permission to see the story as you want, as your mind directs.”
―Caroline Kepnes, Hidden Bodies


Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one as much as "You", I felt like Joe was less exciting to read about, also the 2nd person style narration that I absolutely loved in the first book was gone and the whole journey felt too long.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it

Generally I have a fairly clear picture concerning how I feel about a book and what exactly I will say in my video review. However with Hidden Bodies, whether I was 50 pages into this or finishing it, my feelings have been and still are decidedly mixed. I'll hopefully film a review of this on Thursday!
1.) You ★★★★★

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“I make her laugh so hard that she has slushie spilling out of the corners of her mouth. And then we drive away and find a quiet spot and I eat her out and when I finish I have her spilling out of the corner of my mouth.”

I really don't know how many stars I want to give this. Part of me wants to give it five, just because the story is so unique and writing is so beautiful. Part of me wants to give it tw
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