Publisher: Random House
Release Date: April 6, 2021
The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’s hit Youseries, now a blockbuster Netflix show…
Joe Goldberg is back. And he’s going to start a family – even if it kills him.
Joe Goldberg is done with cities, 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 Kaye 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 Kaye 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 Kaye will do the right thing and make room for him.
You Love Me is the hotly anticipated third novel in the You series. I was on the fence when I requested this title from Netgalley because I disliked its predecessor, Hidden Bodies. I thought Hidden Bodies was an unengaging and bland rip off of the first novel. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that You Love Me recaptured the magic of You that I felt was missing from Hidden Bodies.
You Love Me throws readers into the story after the events of Hidden Bodies. I was a little confused since I last read Hidden Bodies back in 2016 and I was mixing up the plot with that of the TV show. Joe has found himself in a small island town looking to gain the affection of a librarian. But this time, Joe has vowed not to meddle.
If you were disappointed by Hidden Bodies, I think you might be surprised by You Love Me. It’s a fresh take on what is an already told story. It’s easier to sympathize with a more restrained Joe. He’s doing the best he can with what little resources he has now that he has restrained himself. There were times I forgot how unreliable a narrator he is and found myself genuinely frustrated along side him. Kepnes’ ability to get inside the mind of someone like Joe then convince the reader to sympathize with him is incredible.
One aspect of You Love Me I really enjoyed was how modern it felt. The references to popular TV shows and news events grounds the story and makes it read as more than just a small town story.
Overall, You Love Me is a return to form for those who disliked Hidden Bodies. It recaptures the magic of the first novel while delivering a fresh take on this very familiar story.
***I received an ARC via Netgalley for an honest review.
Will you be reading You Love Me?