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Publisher's Summary

In the compulsively listenable 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 10 years, this 30-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 reemerge like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. 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....

©2015 Alloy Entertainment, LLC (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

What the critics say

"Joe is unlikable, yet, as portrayed by narrator Santino Fontana, he's also transfixing.... Fontana is not a one-note narrator; he just knows how to stay true to character, hour after vengeful hour." ( AudioFile)

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wowza ! crazy story ...

this is so crazy... and I wonder what is next for the characters next ?!

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Very disappointing

If you are a big fan of (You) dont read this.
It will make you change your mind about the story and the author.

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loved you and loved this

you is one of my favorite books and this one followed it perfectly and just as thrilling. craved listening to this book. I WANT MORE! you know it is a skilled author when they make you take the crazy persons side lol #audible1

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Very good but flat ending

I got this after reading the 1st of the series "You" which I thought was fantastic. The follow up is not quite as dynamic or powerful but still a fun read. Santino's narration brings it to life just as well as the first one did and Caroline's written word are also excellent

Overall a good read if not quite to the standard of the first

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Misses the Mark

Thank God for Santino Fontana narrating this, because honestly, if it wasn’t for his top notch ability to narrate, I would have dropped this book like a hot potato. And even Fontana narrating can’t turn this book into something great and was still an absolute chore to listen to at times. I admit to using the 30sec skip a lot in the middle, especially during Joe’s rants.

I feel like the author was pushed by the success of her book, ‘YOU’ to write a sequel, except she had no idea what to do with the character. So instead of something thought provoking and worthwhile, we got Hidden Bodies which is an immensely boring and dull book that is nothing like it’s predecessor. I’m not even sure what genre this was as it had no atmosphere at all and was just sort of ‘there’. The author seems to know this, and tries to compensate by adding ridiculously long rants from Joe, ridiculous amounts of sex, ridiculous amounts of vulgarity, and ridiculous amounts of celebrity name dropping. None of which works to make this book worthwhile.

The book has just enough in the beginning and the end that makes you long for the book it could have been, but wasn’t. Very disappointing. #Audible1

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Every Bit as Good as the First

I wasn't sure how Joe could continue as a character, but this was great. He becomes more tangible, relatable, but also sickening. Santino does an amazing job, can he just narrate every book please?

There were a few plot twists that were red herrings before the real plot twists and I thought these were great. At first I'd roll my eyes thinking it was just a cheap usual one, but then it would get turned upside down and I'd be hooked.

I love the characters. I feel like we've all known a Forty in our lives and you love to hate him.

The book starts off a bit all over the place, but then again, that's how Joe is after Beck.

Love triangles, sexiness, and can I just say I LOVE that Love is 35. So many women in books are super young and as a woman in my 30s I wish there were more characters in my age bracket.

Kepnes's writing style is just so awesome. You feel like you know these people. You feel that LA sun.

Desperate for book 3. Need to know what happens and curious to see how Joe gets himself out of his situation.. if he does?

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • Sacramento, California
  • 2016-02-25

Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

At the start of this book, I had a lot of second thoughts, along the lines of "Why did I DO it? Why did I buy this sequel to a book that needed no sequel, and never should have HAD a sequel?" But only one hour in, just as in "You," I was completely hooked. Yes, it's sick, twisted, sexually explicit and violent, but that's because the reader is inside the head of a crazily smart, wickedly self-rationalizing serial killer. How could it be anything else? Let's just say that if you loved "You," you'll love (or at least become temporarily infatuated with) this book, but if you DISLIKED "You," you're making a HUGE MISTAKE. Turn back now, before it's too late. This book is everything "You" is, only MORE so. More of EVERYTHING. Along with even more laugh out loud moments and more wicked surprises.

Once again, many thanks to Audible and to Santino Fontana for the out-of-this-world, note-perfect narration. How does he DO it? He must absolutely spend WEEKS rehearsing to become this character. Highly recommended--but for mature, unshockable audiences only.

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  • Hihosilver
  • Texas
  • 2016-02-28

I want Caroline Kepnes for my new best friend!

Okay, I'm really beginning to worry about myself. I WANT a serial killer to evade the justice system. Joe's character works because he has many of the same thoughts about everyday life situations that we all do. The irritations of the idiots you meet everyday, but his thoughts are hilarious. Joe only works with the performance of Santino Fontana. His performance is perfection! If you can stand four letter words (an abundance of them, c-word included), and what to get into the charming mind of a serial killer, this is your book. Be sure to buy the 1st book before this one. It will set the stage.
To my new BFF-Tell me more about Joe's childhood.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-03-06

Like The Little Mermaid 2,this is a sequel alright

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'You' was enthralling. 'You' was suspenseful, 'You' was a guilty pleasure. Hidden Bodies -- not so much. I wanted so, so badly to love it, just as I loved its predessecor. Hidden Bodies is not terrible (unless you're offended easily, and if so, steer clear!!!). It is not terrible, but it is all over the place--literally--and should probably have been half its length.

Thank goodness for Fontana!!! He saves the day on this one, and kept me interested enough to keep listening. I think this book would have been unbearable to read on paper with SO. MUCH. RAMBLING. There are so many comments meant to sound satarical, but really just sound like a girl whining about other girls. Like I said, Fontana really saved so many passages with his tone and sarcasm. The character of Joe begins to feel more and more like a judgy girl throughout this book, and no longer the interesting and intelligent killer we weirdly love. Speaking of love, can I say how much I hate that there is a character named Love?

All in all, if you loved You, give Hidden Bodies a chance. It's NOT terrible. If you didn't really care for You, definitely don't bother with this one.

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  • Tina
  • 2016-02-28

WOW!!!!!!

This book was even better than the first book, You. The author makes the reader actually root for a psychopath. As for the other negative comments about bad language and garbage..... This book is about a serial killer, right? You know that going in. Joe is your average likable guy, who just happens to be a killer. Santino Fontana is perfection as a narrator. His voice flows like satin. Bravo! Can't wait to follow Joe's next adventure!

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  • Jinxie
  • Tewksbury, MA
  • 2016-03-12

Such a great story!

Such a great continuation of Joe!
The way she writes is incredible, making you love this murderer. Every character is so thought out and the narrator is incredible! I can't say enough how much I love this book and her first novel "You"!!!!!!!

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  • CR
  • 2016-02-24

Hidden Bodies

It felt like I waited forever for this book to be released. I absolutely loved "You", and Hidden Bodies didn't disappoint. Definitely worth a credit.

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  • Trista
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 2016-02-26

please please write a third!

Where does Hidden Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's an excellent book -- I hope a series, is that kinda messed up?

What did you like best about this story?

Well, the narrator has a voice like butter. He kinda makes you root for Joe.

Which scene was your favorite?

No particular scene is a favorite.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were several moments I laughed out loud.

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  • SLS69
  • 2016-03-12

Just as good as her first book You

Way to go Caroline, You did it again. This book was just as good as her first book YOU, hard to put down, always wondering whats next. Waiting for a Third in this series

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 2016-03-02

Too much anticipation

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I pre-ordered Hidden Bodies because I could not wait to get back inside Joe Goldberg's head. I even counted down the days and woke up early to check my library for the download. I was giddy on the excitement. I think I flew too close to the sun.

This Joe is not my Joe. This Joe sounds like my Joe (Santino Fontana is incredible!) but the Joe in "Hidden Bodies" is mean and shallow. The Joe in "You" was misunderstood and insightful.

I know I'll be in the minority with this review but Caroline Kepnes made us empathize and root for a serial killer in "You." In "Hidden Bodies", you just want to cringe and report him to the nearest authority.

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  • jess
  • 2019-01-23

Skipped through most of it

There were points where I could skip two entire chapters and it turned out I hadn't missed anything. I felt the book was painstakingly long with little substance. The plot was flat and pretty boring. I don't think it was worth a credit.

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