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In the compulsively listenable follow-up to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls "the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman".

Hidden Bodies marks the return of a voice that Stephen King described as original and hypnotic, and through the divisive and charmingly sociopathic character of Joe Goldberg, Kepnes satirizes and dissects our culture, blending suspense with scathing wit.

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-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 reemerge 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....

©2015 Alloy Entertainment, LLC (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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"Joe is unlikable, yet, as portrayed by narrator Santino Fontana, he's also transfixing.... Fontana is not a one-note narrator; he just knows how to stay true to character, hour after vengeful hour." (AudioFile)

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Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

At the start of this book, I had a lot of second thoughts, along the lines of "Why did I DO it? Why did I buy this sequel to a book that needed no sequel, and never should have HAD a sequel?" But only one hour in, just as in "You," I was completely hooked. Yes, it's sick, twisted, sexually explicit and violent, but that's because the reader is inside the head of a crazily smart, wickedly self-rationalizing serial killer. How could it be anything else? Let's just say that if you loved "You," you'll love (or at least become temporarily infatuated with) this book, but if you DISLIKED "You," you're making a HUGE MISTAKE. Turn back now, before it's too late. This book is everything "You" is, only MORE so. More of EVERYTHING. Along with even more laugh out loud moments and more wicked surprises.

Once again, many thanks to Audible and to Santino Fontana for the out-of-this-world, note-perfect narration. How does he DO it? He must absolutely spend WEEKS rehearsing to become this character. Highly recommended--but for mature, unshockable audiences only.

96 of 105 people found this review helpful

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I want Caroline Kepnes for my new best friend!

Okay, I'm really beginning to worry about myself. I WANT a serial killer to evade the justice system. Joe's character works because he has many of the same thoughts about everyday life situations that we all do. The irritations of the idiots you meet everyday, but his thoughts are hilarious. Joe only works with the performance of Santino Fontana. His performance is perfection! If you can stand four letter words (an abundance of them, c-word included), and what to get into the charming mind of a serial killer, this is your book. Be sure to buy the 1st book before this one. It will set the stage.
To my new BFF-Tell me more about Joe's childhood.

35 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Like The Little Mermaid 2,this is a sequel alright

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'You' was enthralling. 'You' was suspenseful, 'You' was a guilty pleasure. Hidden Bodies -- not so much. I wanted so, so badly to love it, just as I loved its predessecor. Hidden Bodies is not terrible (unless you're offended easily, and if so, steer clear!!!). It is not terrible, but it is all over the place--literally--and should probably have been half its length.<br/><br/>Thank goodness for Fontana!!! He saves the day on this one, and kept me interested enough to keep listening. I think this book would have been unbearable to read on paper with SO. MUCH. RAMBLING. There are so many comments meant to sound satarical, but really just sound like a girl whining about other girls. Like I said, Fontana really saved so many passages with his tone and sarcasm. The character of Joe begins to feel more and more like a judgy girl throughout this book, and no longer the interesting and intelligent killer we weirdly love. Speaking of love, can I say how much I hate that there is a character named Love?<br/><br/>All in all, if you loved You, give Hidden Bodies a chance. It's NOT terrible. If you didn't really care for You, definitely don't bother with this one.

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WOW!!!!!!

This book was even better than the first book, You. The author makes the reader actually root for a psychopath. As for the other negative comments about bad language and garbage..... This book is about a serial killer, right? You know that going in. Joe is your average likable guy, who just happens to be a killer. Santino Fontana is perfection as a narrator. His voice flows like satin. Bravo! Can't wait to follow Joe's next adventure!

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  • 02-24-16

Hidden Bodies

It felt like I waited forever for this book to be released. I absolutely loved "You", and Hidden Bodies didn't disappoint. Definitely worth a credit.

26 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Awesome sequel👍🏼👍🏼

Ms. Kepnes managed to pull of a stunning sequel that
Literally took my breath away. Unlike her first book - this one had a cliff hanger ending and I am dying to know what he will do to get himself out of his current predicament. Please write quickly‼️

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Just as good as her first book You

Way to go Caroline, You did it again. This book was just as good as her first book YOU, hard to put down, always wondering whats next. Waiting for a Third in this series

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  • Trista
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-26-16

please please write a third!

Where does Hidden Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's an excellent book -- I hope a series, is that kinda messed up?

What did you like best about this story?

Well, the narrator has a voice like butter. He kinda makes you root for Joe.

Which scene was your favorite?

No particular scene is a favorite.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were several moments I laughed out loud.

17 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Joe Moves Along

Before you listen to this, if you haven't listened to You by Caroline Kepnes then stop and listen to that first. This is a sequel to that book and the main character's backstory and introduction is in that one. I was a little sceptical about this at first. I kind of felt like Joe didn't need a continuation but I am happy he got one. Joe is hilariously cynical, arrogant and sinister. He's the kind of character that you recognize as a terrible person but you like him. While Joe is a New Yorker, he moves to California to seek venegence. He makes a lot of extreme decisions per usual but Joe does evolve in the end. I didn't think it could or would happen but it did. Miraculously he was able to find someone that would inspire said change; which bought about a sense of peace in Joe.... the type of happiness I thought he'd never be able to find. Once again Caroline Kepnes made an absolutely horrible character to be endearing. I've seen him with Beck, Amy, and Love. I've watch him manipulate and destroy everyone around him. He's the type the of guy that just screams Danger in capital letters. Yet I am so invested in this character. In end, I wanted him to win, and I wanted to hate him.

No other narrator could execute this performance the way Santino Fontana did. He is so believable that it's almost unnerving.

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  • Jinxie
  • Tewksbury, MA
  • 03-12-16

Such a great story!

Such a great continuation of Joe!
The way she writes is incredible, making you love this murderer. Every character is so thought out and the narrator is incredible! I can't say enough how much I love this book and her first novel "You"!!!!!!!

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