Synopsis: 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.
Let’s judge a book by it’s cover: I think the look they’re going for with this cover is “blood soaked obsessive love letter”, which I get and I dig. I like that the cover is kind of ambiguous as it helped me go into this book blind and I had no idea what to expect. This is the kind of book where that element of mystery really works.
My thoughts: This book was outstanding, and I would probably rate it as my favourite book of the year (so far). I had very little expectations going into this book which I think helped me to love it so much, so I’ll try not to hype it too much in this review. I loved this book for a few reasons, the number one reason being the main character Joe. He is extremely unique and fascinating, and I hated him but loved him at the same time. I don’t think I’ve ever read a character like Joe, I loved every second I had inside his twisted mind. The book is written from Joe’s perspective, and the stream of consciousness style is definitely not for everyone but I enjoyed it and I found the whole thing flowed really easily for me. I could not put this book down, and spent a long afternoon reading the majority of it. I was excited to see the sequel ‘Hidden Bodies’ is on it’s way, and will be out early next year. I cant wait.
Would be a good read for: Anyone looking for a supremely dark and twisted thriller, and those who are not afraid to side with the bad guy…