The book follows Joe Goldberg, a bookseller in New York who becomes mesmerised by a young woman that comes into his shop. They start flirting with each other and that makes Joe’s mind believe that she really really wants him. While she was paying for the books Joe finds out that her name is Guinevere Beck and after she leaves, he starts googling her.
Nowadays everything is online and a lot of people are users of technology. Joe finds Beck’s twitter account and other social media. He begins to follow her and starts forming the idea of ‘true love’ between them in his head. He hacks into her email and starts reading it and begins stalking her in real life.
He believes that they are meant to be and he will do whatever it takes to be with her. Basically that’s it and I don’t want to spoil it.
Joe Goldberg was an amusing character because of his mindset and his actions. It was quite interesting seeing how his mind wanders into such depths that he begins to lose himself and doing a lot of stuff to achieve his fantasies. There were a lot of enjoyable characters in this book. Caroline Kepnes did a great job in making Joe’s character so real and entertaining to the point where you feel empathy with his character. I loved that other characters were intricate and filled with stories. There were parts of the book that were kind of dry and maybe don’t belong in the book but Kepnes’ writing makes it bearable and engrossing.
This was a fantastic psychological thriller and I would definitely recommend it.
Two people meet at the airport bar and start ‘pouring their hearts out’ to each other.
The novel follows two people: Ted and Lily who after having one to many drinks start telling each other stories and at the end, plotting the murder of Ted’s wife. Throughout the first half of the book we are presented with Ted’s and Lily’s stories. We are given insight in both of their lives before their encounter and after their encounter. That’s it because I won’t spoil anything. To be honest it’s best to dive into the book without knowing much about it.
I absolutely enjoyed this thriller. First chapter got me hooked I mean come on, who doesn’t find ‘strangers telling stories about themselves to one another in an airport’ interesting. Peter Swanson’s writing was brilliant and it kept my attention to the last page. The sole idea of the book is so intriguing that you want buy the book and read it front to back.
Something that I find fascinating is different point of views in novels, television series, movies. This book had a few of them(meaning different POV’s from all characters) and it was brilliantly done. I kind of felt empathy towards Lily and in the end cheered for her and her actions. There were a few characters in the book but I felt connected to Ted’s and Lily’s the most because I felt that they were ‘nicer’ than other characters in the book even tho that’s not true (haha). I feel like if I say anything else about the book or it’s characters I’ll spoil it and it wouldn’t be enjoyable for the person reading it.
I would definitely agree with reviews that suggest more recognition for this book because it’s simply amazing and a true page-turner. Highly recommend to people who enjoy mystery/thriller novels.