Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Hidden Bodies is the creepy sequel to You- another creepy novel by Caroline Kepnes. I would strongly recommend reading You before venturing on to Hidden Bodies, as this will familiarize you with Kepnes' writing style, which I must say is crazy, tense, fast, and can be distracting at times.
Hidden Bodies is a pretty good sequel, if you like psychopaths for protagonists and murderers running rampant. Joe is the central character, and is the murderer you hate to love, but you just can't help yourself.
Kepnes does a great job of defining Joe as a seemingly good guy, who is a loose cannon emotionally and is off kilter just enough to maintain tension throughout the writing. While not particularly likeable, Joe is normal enough that you kind of root for his life to have a good outcome.
This is a dark novel, and Joe's character is fleshed out in such a way, that you're going along reading, thinking everything is relatively normal, and wham!!, he decides to murder someone.
Joe has trouble relating to people and just ends up murdering them, or so it seems. The storyline is a bit of a stretch, and Joe's new found girlfriend Love is just too innocent a character to realistically become involved with Joe. Much of the plot line was hard to stomach, (surely people aren't that stupid?), but it goes along, quite rapidly into an ending that makes you think there will be yet another sequel, which to me, seems unnecessary.