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A Conversation with Caroline Kepnes and Santino Fontana

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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER •

The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’ hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show - a compulsively listenable trip into the deviant mind of the uniquely antisocial, savvy book seller Joe Goldberg.

“Fiendish, fast-paced, and very funny.” (Paula Hawkins, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train)

One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year - Cosmopolitan, PopSugar, Literary Hub

Joe Goldberg is done with the cities. He’s 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 first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library - he does know a thing or two about books - and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle; he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old-fashioned way...by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is...Mary Kay already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s...busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.

©2021 Caroline Kepnes (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“I will read anything Caroline Kepnes writes. She’s one of the smartest, most insightful writers out there with a true gift for crafting flawed, complicated characters that force us to reckon with our own flaws and complications. Joe’s back (and so are all the reasons you love to hate him), but in You Love Me, Caroline delves even deeper. She subverts our idea of who Joe is and who he can be. In so doing, she forces the reader to ask themselves, Can Joe change? Can anyone ever really change?” (Nicola Yoon, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Sun Is Also a Star)

“[Caroline] Kepnes’ savage takedowns of pretentious blowhards continue to make Joe a more culturally aware Dexter, or perhaps a more romantic and humorous Hannibal, as he pillories the bad taste of his rivals and victims.” (Literary Hub)

“Kepnes’s series continues to be a sly, subversive exploration of what people choose to reveal and what they hide in their relationships, and just how difficult it is to truly know another person. That Kepnes manages to limn such heady subjects in such a compulsively readable way while serving up twists aplenty is the reason the series still feels fresh three books in.... There's never been a better time to get acquainted with Kepnes’ dangerously appealing leading man.” (Booklist, starred review) 

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Will he ever learn?
Joe is back at it again with his unusual shenanigans, and I’m here for all of it! You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes picks up some months after all that took place in Hidden Bodies, which might leave you wondering, what did we miss? Well, Joe has found the newest “apple of his eye,” librarian Mary Kay DiMarco; however, unlike his other “loves,” Mary Kay is a mom and has a lot going on, more than Joe would like. In the true spirit of Joe, he decides that he is the man who will help her straighten out her priorities, especially if it’ll leave room for him. And while Hidden Bodies fans may have questions about what happened to Love or the baby, you’ll get no spoilers from me! With an as-always stellar performance from Santino Fontana, You Love Me is an amazing listen. It’s full of hilarious, dark commentary—perfect for those of us with a weird and twisty sense of humor. —Nicole R., Audible Editor

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Oh it is goooood

I’ve been waiting for this book with a mix of anticipation for obvious reasons and dread. What if this is the book where it starts to fall off and lose the magic? Nope! This isn’t that book my friends. Caroline Kepnes delivers a big helping of Joe again. Somehow, she has written a book that doesn’t get repetitive. Our favorite, hilarious ,lovelorn, sociopath is as lovable as ever. It’s just as brilliant, funny, and unputdownable as the first two. Of course, Santino Fontana is marvelous and brings the magic words to life.

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Best of the YOU series and still lousy!

Joe Goldberg is easily one of the most despicable protagonists in all of modern fiction. As YOU LOVE ME evolves he becomes less bad and even seems to develop some semblance of humanity almost to the point of becoming likable. As with You and Hidden Bodies author Caroline Kepnes again demonstrates a near unique abiiity to to pack maximum crude language into almost every sentence. She also demonstrates that if there is enough crude language it makes up for lack of a decent story line with much of the book buying public (obviously including me since I have purchased all three of the audio books in the series).. This entire novel is written in the first person of Joe Goldberg. Actor and singer Santino Fontana again demonstrates incredible talent for audio book narration.

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Awful

You almost could not come up with a more passive serial killer — Joe does pretty much nothing in this book, including having no leading or even active role in most of the deaths (which take place almost entirely off scene). The narrator is the only reason this is worth a listen.

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Wow

Usually when a writer gets to the third in the series something is lost. It’s stale or too long but full of fluff or any number of things that makes the reader go “meh”. Not this time!!

Oh.Em.Gee. She has done it again. You know the book just came out yesterday and I’m already finished and it was 14 hours long. WOW!! I do not want to give any spoilers so al I can do is blather on and on like this.

Read it!! Then read it again, slower...like I’m going to do. What. A. Ride!!

And kudos to Joe...he was SO GOOD!!

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What a Disappointment!

I’ve waited for this third book over a year. What a disappointment. It’s tedious and downright BORING! The whole cast of characters were unlikable and flat. The most boring of all is Mary Kay. Joe usually a master of identifying posers has become a nothing. There is absolutely nothing interesting about him, even his dangerous nature comes across weak. Joe is now a victim of the Quinn family & their detective. Don’t waste your time with this book and its terrible dialog. Joe is nothing but love sick and sick in the head loser. BORING!!!

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Love this series!

I am not a book person so it takes a lot to hold my attention BUT the reader sounds exactly like joe from the Netflix series which makes it Interesting, especially for me that watched the show first. I also like that the storyline is different from the show as it just adds to the entertainment and keeps the story going. I can’t wait to see what happens with this series.

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Prepare for disappointment

The plot progression felt similar to the build up of a classic lifetime movie.Staged suspense with a predictable resolution. Revealing the centipede felt like a stretch to try and bring the audience in to late. Definitely felt this book was written to just being a Netflix show and not to captivate like “You” or “Hidden Bodies.”

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I would give this book 100 stars if I could

Listening to this book felt like visiting an old friend. Albeit, a possibly toxic and self serving friend, yet familiar and on occasion, endearing. I struggled with wanting to finish it because that would mean the book would be over. And honestly I didn't want it to end. I loved catching up with Joe and I can't wait to hear about his next adventure.

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Yes!! Joe Goldberg is Back!!

I am a sucker for a good villain. Kepnes created Joe years ago in a sort of 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' fashion, albeit Joe has more redeeming characters than Tom Ripley ever did. He's an animal lover, he's good with children, and he's got great taste in clothes and books.

I was wondering how Kepnes was going to get Joe out of jail from the end of the last book, but she worked it out.

I loved the audiobook- the voice was perfect, the character came to life all over again in true form and I listened every second I could to see what would happen next.

I LOVE that Kepnes kept the character true. The twisted sense of humour, the morbid sarcasm, and the need to rescue girls and have them fall in love with him.. all on point. I am so glad she's continued on with this series. 'Providence' was a nightmarish novel but Kepnes has redeemed herself with another 'Joe' book and I really can't wait for the next one!

This is a guilty pleasure, and I am definitely Team Joe!

-Wendi

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Meh

I’ve listened to You and Hidden Bodies probably 15-20 times each over the last few years. I will not be listening to this one again. The narrator is great, but the story just didn’t land at all for me.

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