Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

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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.

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4/5 ⭐s

It’s been a while since I read something this fast and I missed it, the word “page-turner” was invented for the likes of this book. “You” is totally gripping, addicting and it really – REALLY sucks you in. IT IS creepy in its own way and let me tell you why… 

First of all, I have to say – the narration is poisonous. The whole entire time you’re inside the mind of an obsessed stalker named Joe who is, well okay – obsessed with a beautiful aspiring writer named Guinevere Beck (or Beck for short) and surprisingly, you can’t help but sympathize with him, no matter how twisted, crazy and out of this world he is. He is that character that you can’t bring yourself to full-pledge hate even though he is obviously downright evil – and for me, that’s what makes this book even more creepy! Like who the f*ck roots for a sicko stalker! Like hell no! But yeah, I did and I am having that love-hate-disgusted relationship with Joe and myself, and it’s freaking crazy. And wait here you’ll hate me more: I f*cking hated everyone except Joe. B*TCH PLEASE, what the hell is happening to me, right?! (I cursed too much I know, and I’m sorry, forgive me)

Will not dive in too much with the list of all the twisted evil things Joe did, better to know and ‘witness’ those for yourself – but a point that this book planted in my mind and made me question all my life choices in the past, is the stalking. It was very easy for Joe to know all about Beck just because of a f*cking credit card, supplied with the fact that she was an open book in social media. So excuse me while I delete everything now on the internet *delete delete delete* Haha. Seriously though, it was legit scary. 

I do recommend this to you guys who love a good suspenseful and creepy read that will keep you awake in the wee hours of the morning – because it definitely did to me. However, i’m not VERY crazy about the book, I mean I am crazy (just thinking about how it made me root for something evil) for it but not so much as I would’ve expected. Because although it is tagged as a thriller, for me well it’s not very thrilling (like on-the-edge-of-my-seat thrilling), there are some scenes that for me fell flat and a little predictable. Just a little and that’s just for me though. 

Do give it a try if you want a book that will make you drop everything that you’re doing to finish it. This is definitely one of those! 

Till next book guys!

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Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

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4/5 ⭐s

Okay, I LOVED this book! It was true that I was rather expecting a read that would “scare” me a little bit more than this book did, like literally the way a horror/suspense movie does, but man – this book is TERRIFYING. I swear I am troubled so much while reading this that I can’t put myself to sleep immediately without diverting my thoughts to other happier things. You know why this book is utterly frightening? It’s because it is possible to happen. I don’t wanna make you a little paranoid but can you conduct a background check of your suitor/boyfriend/girlfriend right about now? 😂 Kidding… (or not)

If you’re looking for twists and shockingly unexpected turn of events (*cough* Gone Girl *cough* vibes) then I am afraid you will be disappointed not to find that in this book. It’s not that it doesn’t shock you – it’s just not as surprising as we hope it should be for a book tagged as “suspense” and yet it pulls strings – it’s definitely something. To put it bluntly, it is kinda predictable and yet, I don’t know how the author does that but it’s still greatly intriguing at the same time. It does not exhibit suspense – it gives terror. There was one statement from one of the characters towards the end of probably after 5 or 6 chapters that made my skin prickle so violently I just had to stop reading for awhile to call my boyfriend. Lol.

The choice of characters, the way they act, the way the author lets them be perceived – for me at least, is perfect. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Depending on each and everyone of them, they generate feelings so far contradicting, you can’t help but read more to see how they’ll cope. Some characters break your heart, another makes you think murderous thoughts (grrr), this one you adore, the other annoys the hell out of you. The mix of these people were just so right, you can feature somebody else in your real life to compare with.

The situation the main character was in I must say, terrifies me so much. Although there was not too much physical violence, the thought of being in that kind of situation appears worse than any sharp knife could inflict. It was emotionally, mentally and spiritually draining, I swear I would go mad being in the character’s shoes. There were moments that I say to myself “what the hell, this character should have done this, should have done that” but no man, I must’ve been just as stagnant as the character was if – God forbids – that was me. So you see now how frightening this book is?

The only reason why I can’t give this a perfect 5 star rating is because at some point during the beginning, I felt that it was overly and unnecessarily detailed and slow to get into. It wasn’t the usual bullet train ride I experience when reading a psychological thriller. But it was all worth it as soon as you get past the buffering chapters. Definitely unputdownable! And the ending, I just have to say that though it was simple as it is, I perfectly loved it. 👌 My heart was hammering like crazy on thinking there was still something more to it, whatever though, I was glad it ended the way it did.

So yes, I definitely recommend reading this if you’re keen to read disturbing and terrifying stories that you can read in one sitting – because this one definitely is!

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Book Review: Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

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Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.

Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.

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2/5 ⭐

Consider me generous with the 2 stars. I really thought I would love this book. Sad to say, this book really put me in a bad mood.

Okay, so it’s 1:00 in the morning and I am righting this review because I cannot put this up until tomorrow (or later). I need to let this go. Let it all out…

This is a story about a girl named Jaycee (which is not a very catchy name if you ask me, I keep forgetting it) – whose bestfriend, Rachel had been murdered. What’s the catch? On the night Rachel was murdered, she was trying so hard to contact Jaycee and warn her, but stupid girl is busy kissing a boy whose brother is really her long time crush. Wait, can I say that again, Rachel was actually an “ex-bestfriend” cause they had a falling out. Reason? A boy. Who? The kisser’s brother. Yeah. Twisted and sounds quite interesting.. At least, that’s what I thought.

First of all, I am not a fan of how this story was worded. I don’t know anything about editing a book but I kind of like assume there are proof readers somewhere. Like, someone pointing out to not use the exact same opening sentence on two consecutive paragraphs: “As soon as I heard the door shut I let out a breath bla bla..” Next paragraph: “As soon as I heard the door shut I opened the bag bla bla”. Seriously, how many times will this certain door shut?

Next, I have never been so infuriated with a protagonist like this before. Forgive me, but she really is stupid. Ugh. Pulling-my-hair-out stupid! If a dead girl tells you not to trust anyone but just a certain person, DO NOT FREAKING TRUST ANYONE YOU DUMB*SS. And seriously, how many times will you lose or willingly give out to someone a clue to finding out who killed your bestfriend. God she was really a pain to read! She was presented as the goody good girl, I get that, but I somehow hoped there would be some kind of like a character development, but NO. Nadah. Na-ah. Not that I’m saying I want her to be bad, I just wanted her not to be dumb! Is that too much?! There are a few moments when she stepped out of her shell but it just looks like a chic wanting to get out of it’s egg when she doesn’t even have her other wing yet. Half baked. Everything about her screams NOT ENOUGH.

The ONLY thing that kept me going is I want to find out who freakin’ killed Rachel. I’ll give credit to the author for doing a pretty good job throwing in the almost non-existent suspense until the end.

These “clues” that Rachel left does not make any sense to me though. I really wanted to like this book, believe me, I did. But for me it appeared as if it tries so hard to be a hardcore mystery but in the end, these little pieces just doesn’t add up at all. Moreover, these stereotypes about religion, racism, and insane amount of teenage gang issues was all just too much for comfort and credibility for this book, it just makes it dull.

Also ****WARNING (a little, probably non-bearing) SPOILER****there was that scene towards the end that implies they saw a ghost of Rachel and I was like…uhm, You.did.not.just.do.that. No. That was wayyyyy too unnecessary. Do not even try jumping off to another genre. No. Don’t. ***END OF SPOILER****

There were good points though, I have to admit. I can’t put it down at first. It was really engaging and the storytelling seems nicer around in the beginning. I just don’t know what happened and it suddenly annoyed the crap out of me. It was trying so hard to give readers a lesson like “listen to your parents; do not disobey them” or “go to church” or  choose your friends” or whatever cliche realizations there is you could think of. I felt that this book was afraid to step up and show a little fang. I’ve seen no edge and it made me a bit sad because that was a really good plot line there. It could have been a better one.  In the end for me, it was that book that I was just relieved it was finally over.   

I may not like this book but it could be your thing so I’m not really telling you not to read it. Those are just my opinions and we all have them so.. no hate 🙂

Till next book!

nikki

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