Oh em eff gee…
Where do I begin with this one? There are no words for how brilliant this book is, so there is part of me that doesn’t even want to try and start!
My book club and I read the hilariously funny and twisted You by Caroline Kepnes for our meeting in September and I think it is one of my favorite reads to date. I totally fell in love with the anti-hero Joe Goldberg and all of his obsessive, perverted ways. He’s just so damn likeable, which is bizarre considering he’s a serial killer and a stalker. There are a lot of nods to Bret Easton Ellis throughout the book, and in particular I found echos of Patrick Bateman running throughout Joe’s character, especially when it comes to his run-along narrative and the way he looks at the world around him. However, instead of the yuppie consumerism of the 80’s, the New York City in You is very much about Millennials and their immersion in tech and their own narcissism. It’s also what happens when privilege locks horns with the underdog. It’s satisfyingly brutal and an expert portrayal of a specific world at a specific time.
Joe may be mad, but he’s awesome. And the way Kepnes writes is addictive and sharp. If you fancy something different, funny and frightening then this is most certainly the book for You 😉