Author: Caroline Kepnes
Genre: Suspense/Thriller (Some people have categorized this book as a romance which is just sickly wrong!
Story: Joe Goldberg works as a manager in a book store in NYC when he falls in love with a customer. He will stop at nothing to make her notice him and fall in love with him.
What Worked: Let’s just throw numbers around and say there are about 10 different point of views an author can use, and about 1,000,000,000,000,000+ different stories in the world. Well, Kepnes takes a tale as old as time. Psycho guy stalks female, everything your parents ever warned you about when growing up, and tells a twisted tale from the view of the STALKER! As if that wasn’t creepy enough, I found myself starting to believe the psychopath, and side with his warped, twisted logic (Does that make me a psychopath?). This type of writing takes TALENT! This book walked me slowly off the edge of the cliff. And it wasn’t like I was pushed, I willingly walked, right off. That’s how it felt. The book is really quite genius. Not only is it creepy, and turns the world upside down, but it is pretty funny as well. Stephen King is criticized for being the mainstream horror writer throughout the book…and there he is on the cover of the book singing its praise “Hypnotic and scary…Totally original.” Stephen King…I LOVE IT!
Then there is the element of the book that I wasn’t aware of prior to reading..quite a few dirty scenes. I felt even dirtier wanting to read them, from the view of a stalker, psychopath, murderer (Does that make me a psychopath?)
What Needed Work: For me, towards the end..reality sinks in. No one gets this lucky. This many crimes/murders/attacks/break-ins go unsolved or covered up in this day and age. The cops would have been able to trace the cell phones and…there were just some really far-fetched scenes.
Overall: YOU will never look at vanilla ice-cream the same. Ever. I will never see Twizzlers or red ladles the same either, but….vanilla ice-cream. WTF!? Something so plain, so boring, so ordinary and predictable, and Kepnes transformed it into…Lordy. I loved this book and I’m thrilled that there is a sequel (Does this make me a psychopath?)
If you wanna read: Amazon Link