First, I want to say that I think it is important to take a nice, 10-book at least break from You before you dive into Hidden Bodies. Even though it is the same Joe that we grew to love and understand, the story has a different vibe to it. I believe that is a big reason why some people don’t feel they liked this book as much as the last book. It is in a completely different setting and Joe’s personality is growing and his sanity is unraveling.
Joe gets punked by Amy
McAdams McAdam. She stole from him and made a fool of him. So he is on the hunt to find her and put her in her place: 6 feet under the ground. But… Los Angeles is a completely different animal than what he is used to. Plus, when someone is a ghost on social media and changes her burner phones once every two weeks, it is hard enough to find them. Put them in a very large city with wannabe actors/actresses, and it is like finding a needle in a haystack.
“The real horror of my life is not that I’ve killed some terrible people. The real horror is that the people I’ve loved didn’t love me back.”
What is heartbreaking about these books is the fact Joe just wants to have an epic love. All he really wants is to feel like the IT couple in a movie and have a life with someone; but he sees all of his failed relationships as lies instead of lessons, betrayal instead of the general way of life and does seem himself at fault for any of it.
But, come on, isn’t that why we love him?
Joe still has his morphed way of thinking and his quick to anger temper. This book was unpredictable. Though I didn’t really prefer the ending of this book and the route it took, I still am craving the third book and wish the Kepnes would bless me with a copy.