REVIEW: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes



In the compulsively readable 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 ten years, this thirty-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 re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: truelove. 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…


img_0013-1.jpegOMG, I seriously had to stop several times and think about my own mental health when reading this book because I found myself truly rooting for Joe this time around. He might be my favorite “crazy stalker” person ever but I hope I never encounter anyone like him in real life. It is a true testament to Kepnes writing ability that she was able to make a psycho so likable. Hidden Bodies is truly worth a read, but make sure you read YOU first!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Hidden Bodies in exchange for an honest review.






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Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat… and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

First, let me say that I love, love, love the cover for Mud Vein! I saw it and knew I wanted to read the book. It was one of those rare times when I didn’t care to read the synopsis because the cover had me intrigued.

On to the book. I wanted to like this book. I kept trying to will myself you know sorta like when you’re bowling and you try to will the ball to roll towards the pin. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

“I’m cleaning my captor’s house. It feels like betrayal: live in filth or clean your prison.”

This book sort of reminded me of the movie Saw. It was as if the characters were trying to figure out this puzzle and there was a romance thrown into the storyline. I will admit the person who is “Jigsaw” in Mud Vein took me by surprise.

Mud Vein just went on and on and what was meant to shock and awe feel flat for me. On the bright side, the female lead is so real that it was almost as if Fisher took a glimpse into someone’s most inner thoughts and put them on display. Mud Vein is definitely a unique book and different than anything I’ve ever read.


SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Traces of Kara by Melissa Foster

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Kara Knight can’t wait to leave her hometown for the promise of nursing school and a fresh start on her future–leaving behind an over protective mother, a broken heart and painful memories. However, twenty-five miles away, the brother she doesn’t know is determined to be reunited with the sister he cannot forget.

Kara is abducted and thrown into her obsessive captor’s delusional world. As the past she thought she knew unravels around her, Kara struggles to make sense of the memories that come creeping back, threatening her sanity and her safety. Meanwhile, Kara’s mother races against time to save the daughter she fears she will lose when a long-held secret is revealed. The hours tick away as Roland plays out his plan–to take Kara with him into death at the exact moment of their birth, never to be separated again.

TRACES OF KARA is an action packed, pulse pounding psychological thriller/suspense novel that features a determined killer who slowly loses his grip on reality as his carefully detailed plan starts to fall apart and a heroine determined to move forward with her life who now must reconcile everything she believed to be true about her family with the reality of their tragic past.


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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.


Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.


Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe.








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