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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER •

The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’ hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show - a compulsively listenable trip into the deviant mind of the uniquely antisocial, savvy book seller Joe Goldberg.

“Fiendish, fast-paced, and very funny.” (Paula Hawkins, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train)

One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year - Cosmopolitan, PopSugar, Literary Hub

Joe Goldberg is done with the cities. He’s done with the muck and the posers, done with love. Now he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library - he does know a thing or two about books - and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle; he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old-fashioned way...by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is...Mary Kay already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s...busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.

©2021 Caroline Kepnes (P)2021 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“I will read anything Caroline Kepnes writes. She’s one of the smartest, most insightful writers out there with a true gift for crafting flawed, complicated characters that force us to reckon with our own flaws and complications. Joe’s back (and so are all the reasons you love to hate him), but in You Love Me, Caroline delves even deeper. She subverts our idea of who Joe is and who he can be. In so doing, she forces the reader to ask themselves, Can Joe change? Can anyone ever really change?” (Nicola Yoon, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Sun Is Also a Star)

“[Caroline] Kepnes’ savage takedowns of pretentious blowhards continue to make Joe a more culturally aware Dexter, or perhaps a more romantic and humorous Hannibal, as he pillories the bad taste of his rivals and victims.” (Literary Hub)

“Kepnes’s series continues to be a sly, subversive exploration of what people choose to reveal and what they hide in their relationships, and just how difficult it is to truly know another person. That Kepnes manages to limn such heady subjects in such a compulsively readable way while serving up twists aplenty is the reason the series still feels fresh three books in.... There's never been a better time to get acquainted with Kepnes’s dangerously appealing leading man.” (Booklist, starred review) 

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sadly, pretty bland

anytime the storyline started to get interesting it was immediately killed. too many deux a machina and convenient plot contrivences. well done on Kepnes for creating a great little money-making book series, hope she's using the cash for animal rights or victim services or something besides wearing the skins of murdered beings but it's actually awful. her hero is a misogynistic murderer stalker and I'm supposed to want him to succeed? the only interesting characters are conveniently suicidal. I wont be back for any further sequels. was hoping for some kind of atonement or at least his just desserts. can't connect with him, the MILF, or the meerkat. waste of money. waste of time. narrator is great though

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Lackluster

I am a huge fan of this series and Kepnes as an author, but this book fell short. It reeked of the author writing for the sake of money rather than having an actual plot line. She purposely leaves characters behind at the end of books so he has new "prey" for the next and this one is no different.

The characters and basic plot were a watered down version of book one. There were too many similarities and Joe came out of the gate hostile and impatient. He was also a victim to a lot of useless things in this book. The relationships he had were shallow and didn't seem necessary. I didn't hate this book, but she needs to let this character rest. He is done, but there is definitely another book on the way.

The narrator Santino is phenomenal as always, and I will listen to anything read by him.

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What Even......

I will admit, I was bored by probably the first ten chapters. Joe wasn't doing many crazy Joe things. But this book read like a Roller Coaster. A domino effect of shit hitting the fan and the last Third was excellent.

As always Santino Fontana did an excellent job as the narrator.

I think this isn't as good as book one but is better then book 2.

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  • Beth
  • 2021-04-07

Oh it is goooood

I’ve been waiting for this book with a mix of anticipation for obvious reasons and dread. What if this is the book where it starts to fall off and lose the magic? Nope! This isn’t that book my friends. Caroline Kepnes delivers a big helping of Joe again. Somehow, she has written a book that doesn’t get repetitive. Our favorite, hilarious ,lovelorn, sociopath is as lovable as ever. It’s just as brilliant, funny, and unputdownable as the first two. Of course, Santino Fontana is marvelous and brings the magic words to life.

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  • Wayne
  • 2021-04-06

Best of the YOU series and still lousy!

Joe Goldberg is easily one of the most despicable protagonists in all of modern fiction. As YOU LOVE ME evolves he becomes less bad and even seems to develop some semblance of humanity almost to the point of becoming likable. As with You and Hidden Bodies author Caroline Kepnes again demonstrates a near unique abiiity to to pack maximum crude language into almost every sentence. She also demonstrates that if there is enough crude language it makes up for lack of a decent story line with much of the book buying public (obviously including me since I have purchased all three of the audio books in the series).. This entire novel is written in the first person of Joe Goldberg. Actor and singer Santino Fontana again demonstrates incredible talent for audio book narration.

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  • Mary D
  • 2021-04-06

What a Disappointment!

I’ve waited for this third book over a year. What a disappointment. It’s tedious and downright BORING! The whole cast of characters were unlikable and flat. The most boring of all is Mary Kay. Joe usually a master of identifying posers has become a nothing. There is absolutely nothing interesting about him, even his dangerous nature comes across weak. Joe is now a victim of the Quinn family & their detective. Don’t waste your time with this book and its terrible dialog. Joe is nothing but love sick and sick in the head loser. BORING!!!

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  • kara simmons
  • 2021-04-06

Love this series!

I am not a book person so it takes a lot to hold my attention BUT the reader sounds exactly like joe from the Netflix series which makes it Interesting, especially for me that watched the show first. I also like that the storyline is different from the show as it just adds to the entertainment and keeps the story going. I can’t wait to see what happens with this series.

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  • Ryan Taylor
  • 2021-04-11

Prepare for disappointment

The plot progression felt similar to the build up of a classic lifetime movie.Staged suspense with a predictable resolution. Revealing the centipede felt like a stretch to try and bring the audience in to late. Definitely felt this book was written to just being a Netflix show and not to captivate like “You” or “Hidden Bodies.”

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  • Tenley
  • 2021-04-08

Awful

You almost could not come up with a more passive serial killer — Joe does pretty much nothing in this book, including having no leading or even active role in most of the deaths (which take place almost entirely off scene). The narrator is the only reason this is worth a listen.

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  • LeQuita Harris
  • 2021-04-07

Wow

Usually when a writer gets to the third in the series something is lost. It’s stale or too long but full of fluff or any number of things that makes the reader go “meh”. Not this time!!

Oh.Em.Gee. She has done it again. You know the book just came out yesterday and I’m already finished and it was 14 hours long. WOW!! I do not want to give any spoilers so al I can do is blather on and on like this.

Read it!! Then read it again, slower...like I’m going to do. What. A. Ride!!

And kudos to Joe...he was SO GOOD!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-12

Meh

I’ve listened to You and Hidden Bodies probably 15-20 times each over the last few years. I will not be listening to this one again. The narrator is great, but the story just didn’t land at all for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-10

I would give this book 100 stars if I could

Listening to this book felt like visiting an old friend. Albeit, a possibly toxic and self serving friend, yet familiar and on occasion, endearing. I struggled with wanting to finish it because that would mean the book would be over. And honestly I didn't want it to end. I loved catching up with Joe and I can't wait to hear about his next adventure.

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  • 2021-04-08

I want another one already

I love these books and I love the show too. I do not love Joe but I love to marvel at his twisted reasoning behind his actions.

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