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You Love Me

(You #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  271 reviews
The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes's hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show...

Joe Goldberg is back. And he's going to start a family - even if it kills him.

Joe Goldberg is done with cities, 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 f
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Random House
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Azia Reads 4/6/21 .. i can't wait either !!!!!…more4/6/21 .. i can't wait either !!!!!(less)
Shelley Smith Hi Miss Maya,
The second series of the show follows a slightly different plot to the books, so this latest novel will have some holes in the story in y…more
Hi Miss Maya,
The second series of the show follows a slightly different plot to the books, so this latest novel will have some holes in the story in you haven't read the other books.
The series and its plots are wonderful, but the books are are definitely worth checking out too.
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My jaw dropped, my mind is blown, eyes are popped out of my head.

Silence. Sigh. Silence. More sigh.

No words can be enough to define how I felt about this book. Keeping my big mouth shut and calm down my extra hyped mind might be the most challenging things in my life right now!

I don’t want to give any spoiler! I’m not a despicable party pooper! I mostly give away too much when I write reviews but this time giving spoilers will also mean to talk about whole entire season of one of the most rat
Michael David
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello, hey Joe. You wanna give love another go?

See what I did there? 🤣


Joe Goldberg is back in written form! In this third installment of the YOU series, we learn that his relationship with Love (the person) didn’t work out. Now, he’s moved on to the outskirts of Seattle, and has his eye on Mary Kay. She’s sexy, and she’s a librarian to boot. She’s perfect for Joe. He prepares to woo her and make her fall in love with him, because he deserves it. All Joe ever wants is to love and be lov
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joe Goldeberg is back and better than ever. He's recently moved to a small island off the coast of Washington State, living a quiet life, and trying to be the nice guy that he knows he can be. He decides to volunteer at the local library where he meets Mary Kay the head librarian and total fox. There are some roadblocks for him to navigate in order to win the heart of the woman he deserves but make no mistake about it, he does deserve her. Mary Kay may need some convincing but Joe is a patient m ...more
Charlotte May
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as library-loans
Ooh a third book?! I'm down for more of Joe and his crazy psychopathic ways! ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I read You seven years ago, and gave it four stars. I read Hidden Bodies four years ago, and gave it three stars. I'm, unfortunately, giving You Love Me two stars.

Were all the books like this one? If so, my taste has definitely changed over the years, because Joe's constant, rambling stream-of-consciousness drove me batty. I don't remember the internal dialogue being quite so dense in the earlier works as it was in this latest offering from Caroline Kepnes. I also don't remember Joe being so
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I mean.. after that cliff hanger, you know I'm dying for this.


• Release Date: 6 April 2021 •
My review for:
Book #1 : YOU
Book #2 : Hidden Bodies
Joe Goldberg is an amazing protagonist. I absolutely adored the first book in this now-trilogy and was shocked when the sequel had come out; it had done so well that the third will be released next year (I received an early copy thru NetGalley) and I'm certain there will be more. While the debut, You, is my favorite thus far, this is a strong contender and offered a lot to think about. It's been almost two years since the last book, and in between I binge-watched both seasons (it was made into a ...more
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“It’s a nice ‘antidote to the hell scape reality of the world right now’…” That’s me. You’re quoting me.

^^^I sure am. Rules be damned! This was exactly the escape I needed after eighteen thousand months in lockdown with my family and all of their farts.

Are y’all superfans enough to get that reference or did I just waste a crapton of my time making this gif for no reason????

Whatever. Worth it! Especially if it might mean I get
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Did Love change Joe? The third book in the You series seeks to answer this question. (It's worth noting that I actually shrieked "Oh My God!" when I learned I had gotten an early copy of this novel to review. Thanks so much to Random House for this treat! The book releases on April 6, 2021.)

Having moved to the outskirts of Seattle, our favorite love-struck psychopath Joe is smitten again -- with 90s grunge nostalgia, and also with a sexy librarian named Mary Kay. The beginning of the book immedi
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks, Caroline Kepnes! You've given the people what they want - another fun ride on the Merry-Joe-Round.

After a bit of a misfire with the non-Youverse "Providence," Kepnes returns to life inside the mind of Joe Goldberg. The third installment in the series, "You Love Me," picks up where "Hidden Bodies" left off. It also happily returns to the second person point of view after "Bodies" used the commonplace first person. Hooray!

"It's a free country, it's a small island, so I keep strolling, as
Hajar ~ My Top5
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I made a review video of this book 💜

1. Where is the Love?
Joe is out of a toxic situation and now he is ready to start fresh, what a surprise…NOT! So, hello there Mary Kaye DiMarco “MK”, you’re next! He sees her and he knows this time will be different, this time he will do it right. But…will there be a but? Knowing Joe, I went into the book waiting for all the but’s and red flags to fly in my face.

2. The Good Guy Syndrome
Joe is adamant, this time around, to do things
Erin Clemence
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: April 6, 2021

The psycho-stalker you can’t help but love is back! Caroline Kepnes brings Joe Goldberg back with a vengeance in her newest novel, “You Love Me”.

Trying to leave the past behind him, Joe Goldberg moves from New York City to a small island town, hoping that a quaint and quiet life will be just what he needs to start over
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
It hurts my heart to say this, but You Love Me was disappointing.

As a fan of the books before the show, and a fan of the show, this just didn't measure up. I don't know, maybe if I hadn't watched the series in between reading Hidden Bodies and You Love Me I would have felt different?

The ending/twists were just implausible, and the only reaction I had was a shrug and an eye roll. There were definitely a bunch of plot holes too. (view spoiler)
2.5 stars

I could not hold my excitement over the upcoming continuation of the YOU series with 2021's You Love Me , but sadly this did not work with me. I didn't love Hidden Bodies, but I loved how season 2 of the Netflix series ended, so I figured that Book 3 might pan out better. I really have a weird fond over Joe Goldberg, but for the most part, this book did nothing for me. I felt that the plot was very recycled comparatively from the first book. The book takes long for the story to devel
Jenny Lawson
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The whole You book series is such a guilty pleasure for me. The third installment did not disappoint.
Gem ~Zero Shelf Control~
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in return for an honest review. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings.

Overall rating : 5*
Writing skill : 5*
Plot: 4*
Characters: 4*
Pace: 4*
Joe's Creepiness: 4*

(for context I ratedYou ⭐️⭐️⭐️ & Hidden Bodies ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

I was so excited when I saw that there was going to be a third installment, I had not had enough of Joes stalker ways. And boy was I not disappointed. I did worry I would grow tired of his weirdness, but actu
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I love that this book is like the first and is written to the reader, as if Joe is talking to us...even though it is really inner dialogue. And although this is the third book in the series You Love Me was still a brilliant read, there was no failure to continue the creepiness of Joe and what a psycho he is. (What does it say about me that I enjoyed it so much and was kind of cheering him on?)

The first book in this series was excellent and I enjoyed number two but not as much.... This time arou
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the third book in series about Joe Goldberg.
Joe has moved to a small town to get away from his past and start again.
This time he wants to do things right, no stalking, obsessing or killing, he just wants to be a nice caring, friendly guy.
Then he meets his new boss Mary Kaye and things are not as easy as he hoped.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series but this book was more about what was going on inside his head and I found myself skimming parts of the book.
Thank you to NetGalley
Jamie Rosenblit
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The only thing I love more than Joe Goldberg is.... MORE Joe Goldberg! In this third installment of Kepnes' You series, Joe is back and more deranged than ever. Following the events of Hidden Bodies, Joe has come into some money and moved to Bainbridge Island in Seattle - certainly a change from New York & LA of former books. Working at the local library, Joe instantly latches on to librarian Mary Kay from the minute she describes her Gilmore Girls-esque life. Since this is a Joe Goldberg story, ...more
Apr 01, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
When does it come OUT?!!!!!!

Edit: This better not feature a cliffhanger because I'm fighting
Sadie Hartmann
I really wish I could insert a quick video of my expressions as they evolved over the last 10 chapters.

Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Heeeeey Joe, where you going… now that you’ve been released from prison and sworn off Love (the woman, not the emotion)?

My favorite fictional sociopath is back and this time he’s decided to settle down in a cozy town in the Pacific Northwest where he promptly meets and falls in love with local librarian Mary Kay DiMarco. There’s some serious flirting but Mary Kay resists Joe’s charm - she’s a busy mom; her daughter is finishing up her senior year, blah blah, excuses.
Joe is ready and willing to
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
I'm hesitant to say I didn't like this because I love Joe so so much but.. I did not like this.

First and foremost, Joe did not kill anyone this e n t i r e book. Maybe that's supposed to be character development? But not the character development I'm looking for when I'm reading a book about my favorite serial killer book boyfriend. This was like a sad, boring version of book one, but replace all the characters with someone else, add a possible step-kid, a Whisper Room instead of the Cage, and
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I have to admit this is my first time reading a book from the YOU series (I’ve seen the show and this book seems to pick up where the last season left off, so I assume the series adaptation is pretty faithful). It definitely takes some time to get into Joe’s extreme stream of consciousness narration. It’s a book that I found difficult to binge read, as I found too much of his narration difficult to swallow. The story itself was good, and the perfect amount of fucked up, just like the first 2. Ho ...more
Oct 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
OMG thank you Random House Publishing Group and netgalley!!!!!!!!!!!
Alyssa ❀
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

I LOVED this. I've enjoyed each of the books but didn't think anything could top the first book, it's never easy is it?
That remains true here, but I do think this is impressive and just as exciting as the first installment.

Joe Goldberg is the "bad guy" we hate to love, because it's so wrong. So why have I constantly cheered him on and wanted him to win? I'm going to say it's down to excellent story telling, as Kepnes writes strong characters and an immersive plot.

We know that Joe is flawe
Up All Night Book Addict
Dear Joe,

As always, I enjoyed your telling over this chapter of your life. Man, life sure likes to try to drag you down. You tried so hard to be a good boy on this go around. Yet, everyone around you just kept trying to pull you to the dark side.

If I'm, being honest Joe, MK really didn't deserve you. You were so patient with her; so good to her. Yet, she continued to test you over and over again. Her family and friends were a true obstacle in your love for her. And none of them saw it. No one wo
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
Oh Joe. I loved being back in his head. From the first chapter it felt like coming home. Joe just wants to be happy, he just wants to find his true love, which wasn't Love and now we know why. I was not sure how I would feel about this one when I saw the blurb, I didn't know how she could change it up in a way that worked, but she did.
Joe moves to a small town after things go down with the Quinn's. He leaves Love and their son and is making a new life. He starts to volunteer at a library and tha
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Joe is back and he's still looking for the one thing that continues to elude him: LOVE. The forever kind. Sure, he found love with a woman named Love, but then the past complicated things in a big way.

Now, he's in a new town: Bainsbridge, WA.
And he has a new target: Mary Kay DiMarco.

Has Joe learned anything from his past mistakes (RIP Candace, RIP Beck)? Yes, he definitely is more cautious with his approach. But at times, his obsession with his target du jour seems to get him into trouble, and t
Erin A. Craig
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh Joe. Joe, Joe, Joe....
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Caroline Kepnes is the author of You and Hidden Bodies. She splits her time between Los Angeles, California and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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