on June 19th 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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A propulsive new thriller about the obsessive nature of love when an intensifying relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping.
Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he's suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.
Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and "fit in" with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.
When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and find the answers to his new identity--but he's soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected.
Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters' lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.
This was a slow read for me at first. I was a little confused about what was going on. After four or five chapters I couldn’t put it down and it redeemed itself.
I don’t think I would’ve been as confused if I would have read The Dunwich Horror by LP Lovecraft. Because I didn’t it left me stumbling in the dark. That was my only issue with this book though.
I loved Chloe and Jon. Their characters are unique in their own way and I was thoroughly enthralled by their story. I loved that there were flaws. It’s not a perfect scenario and it made the story more interesting.
I’m a huge fan of Caroline Kepnes. This book is different from anything I’ve read this year and I love the vibe of Beauty and Beast except with a major plot twist.