Author: Caroline Kepnes
Published in English: 2014
Dansk titel: Du
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2014
Finished Reading: May 2019
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary & Thriller
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
When a beautiful aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
I’m surprised that I haven’t heard about this book before. For five years, this has existed without my knowledge.
In a way, this reminded me a lot of Dexter, the way Joe was thinking and talking to himself reminded me of the time I enjoyed reading and watching Dexter. It was easy to sympathize with him because of his fantastically unreliable narration. He was intelligent, wit and likable. This book doesn’t belong to just one genre, it evades the boundaries of genres, destroys them. This is beyond anything I’ve read before, it’s something new and hopeful, and something we’ll get to see more of. This book is not for everyone. Besides Joe’s interesting and sometimes troubling mind, this book was a twisted yet captivating read. The way the author captured Joe’s voice in the writing is unbelievable and I’m positive that she’s going to get an amazing career. Even though some of the things that happened were predictable, I couldn’t help but gasp with excitement. The book can seem a little long at times and I wouldn’t recommend you choosing this book for a one sitting read, but reading it bit by bit.
If for some reason you don’t fancy reading yet still ended up finding this review, I’d suggest watching the series on Netflix, the show does the book proud! Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl kicks ass as the deranged Joe Goldberg!