Thank you so much Atria Books for sending me a copy of this in exchange for a honest review. I don’t have too many thoughts on this book so this review may be one of those thirty second review types. I liked it, I didn’t love it, and I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
I was immediately intrigued by Joe and his story. Caroline Kepnes’ writing is skillful and well done. I found it easy to follow along and I really wanted to see how everything would play out. However I didn’t really care for the overall story and after awhile Joe just started to annoy me. I felt like every other paragraph was Joe having some sexual fantasy about Beck and it got to the point where I kept skim reading to get through. I did stay invested until the end, but I genuinely wasn’t wowed by the ending nor was I upset. As I stated above, I liked it, it was ok, I didn’t love it. I don’t understand the hype, its a decent read if you want an easy psychological thriller to read, the end.