“You are a woman and I am a man and we belong in the dark together.”
This story is clearly not for everyone. It’s so unlike most books I have read that it took me awhile to just sit back and enjoy the “Joe” ride. It’s either you will love it or hate it. I guess I fall somewhere in between. I had a hard time immersing myself in the story at first which is important for me because whenever I read, I just want to get lost in the story and not mind the time. I was actually anxious during the first 30% of the book because I really wanted to finish it and to not put it in my DNF list.
So Joe. Good God, Joe. Believe me, Joe is not like most of the main characters we read about. He’s done some very, very bad things. He’s got some very, very twisted thoughts. But through it all, Joe is as real as he can be and as the story progress, you will find yourself addicted to the insides of the twisted, crazy mind that is Joe’s.
“And I will never again underestimate the power of anticipation. There is no better boost in the present than an invitation into the future.”
The thing is, “You” has a very addictive appeal. There are a lot of creepy thought processes but you can actually feel the pull towards Joe. I’m not sure what it says about me but there were times in the book that I understood him and wanted to reach out to him. Being inside his mind made me think and reevaluate myself and I think that’s important. I do not have to love Joe per se but I can use his story to dip into my own mind and see where it takes me. Personally, I think that the best part of the book is towards the end. There is a lot of strength in how the ending wrapped up and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I want more “Joe”.
Blurb via Goodreads:
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.