You: A Novel by Caroline KepnesYou: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes

You: A Novel

byCaroline Kepnes

Paperback | June 16, 2015

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Hypnotic and scary.” —Stephen King

“I am RIVETED, AGHAST, AROUSED, you name it. The rare instance when prose and plot are equally delicious.” —Lena Dunham

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.

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.

A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.
Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies and Providence. She began her career as a pop culture jpurnalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the upcoming adaptation of You. She was born and raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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Title:You: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 inPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:Atria/Emily Bestler BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476785600

ISBN - 13:9781476785608

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good Such a good book! I could not put it down, definitely a must read in my opinion! Now I need to read hidden bodies before it airs on Netflix lol
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down Love the book and the series. Just ordered the second book, can't wait to dive in to it.
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So So Read I love thrillers but I found this book repeating a lot of the same things as if to drag out the suspense which had already been created. While reading I was engaged but once I put it down it didn't draw me to it to pick it up and continue. It wasn't as good as I was expecting and took me much longer to get through than I expected.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So So I love thrillers but I found this book repeating a lot of the same things as if to drag out the suspense which had already been created. While reading I was engaged but once I put it down it didn't draw me to it to pick it up and continue. It wasn't as good as I was expecting and took me much longer to get through than I expected.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Writing I'm a huge fan of thrillers and I enjoyed the Netflix show. Tried to read the book first but then couldn't even get through 1/4 of the book. It was written like a teen book and not a sophisticated novel like its competition.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I just bought this book the other day, it was fantastic! It kept me engaged the entire time.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Read! Loved the Netflix series and knew I had to get the book! Absolutely loved every second of it!
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit of 50 Shades of Grey It appears to be written better than fifty shades of grey. It is definitely a sexual book, but a great read!
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read for the creep seeker A very intriguing read. You get sucked into this mind that truly believes he is doing his duty to protect those he loves. The manipulation is on point and truly exploits the dangers of technology today. The end was a bit lackluster compared to the rest of the book but definitely worth the read if you want to be looking over your shoulder for the next few weeks!
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Passes Time But No Wow Factor The book was very easy to read, and definitely a page turner and hard to put down. But the ending the book was loose and didn't wow me as a great ending. The beginning was a nice hook and grab but then the book went down hill from there.
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this book I haven't seen the show and I'm not sure I want to now that I have these characters built in my mind. It is scary to think how easy it is to stalk someone in this technological world we live in now. The author did a great job creating a character that can give you chills. I'm excited to read the next book!
Date published: 2019-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourite thrillers I read this book and the sequel a couple years ago and I loved it so much! I almost forgot about it until i saw the trailer for the series on Netflix. It was good, but it didn't beat the book. I'm rereading You right now and it's bringing back the memories! Joe is the anti-hero that you know you shouldn't love because he's pretty crazy but you can't help it. He has a way with words and, when he's not stalking or getting ride of the "obstacles" he's a very chivalrous and funny character. He is very intriguing and just wow.
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from CHILLING The number reason why I liked this book is because it breaks all the rules and allows the villain to win. The author did a great job by creating a main character so devious that you really can't love him. The story was like any other story about a stalker but what makes this book different is the psyche of the main character (Joe). He is just so well written it. It was a great read!
Date published: 2018-11-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as I was told i was recommended this book by a few friends. Didn't like it as much as they did. Thought it had a lot of useless information and the ending didn't really wow me. It had some interesting parts but over all I was not a fan.
Date published: 2018-11-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as I expected I thought that this book was just ok despite the many positive reviews it has received. I pushed myself to finish it but I found that it dragged on longer than necessary and was repetitive. I will not be reading the sequel, Hidden Bodies, because I imagine it to be more of the same. The ending was also predictable.
Date published: 2018-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I didn't expect to like this book. I only picked it up to be honest because it was 2 for 15 in store and I had read all the other's on the shelf. It's pretty dark, but super fun too. I am very big on social media and now might have to change up some settings or two.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy Very creepy and very entertaining. Definitely recommend
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy and awesome! This was creepy, fun and I loved it. Joe is so dark and obsessive that it really takes you into a whole new perspective. Very fun read if you are into some dark stuff. Joe's rationalization of his behavior was very interesting. It's also a nice reminder to not live your life on social media. Very good! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good read Very creepy book and true facts about releasing information
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very creepy Loved it..but ashamed that I love Something so creepy
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for everyone!! This book is definitely not for everyone. I actually found this book to be very boring and I struggled not to DNF it, the only reason I continued to read it is because it received so many high reviews. I hated all of the characters and found them to be really annoying.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Creepy The second person narrative immediately immerses you into the story holding you until the end. While I found the book to be fast paced, it did lag around the middle, mostly because of the predictive nature of the story. The best part of this book really is the second person narration, it's unsettling and exciting all at once.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great book. Book is great and excellent. Keeps you on your toes. Somewhat predictable but still great read.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creepy & Predictable This book hooked me within the first two pages. The author does a great job of trying to get you to understand the main character, however, the ending was VERY predictable. I also don't see why there was a need to write a sequel. The story seems done to me. Still, it was a good read and I did enjoy it!
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did Not Finish Honestly, this was one of the most disappointing books I've ever read, and that was after a few chapters. I understand from the reviews that a lot of people really like this book but that just wasn't the case for me. The second person narrative just felt so wrong and the writing style was disappointing. The writing has way too many name brand or celebrity references.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy Twist on Crime I came across this book on a list of creepy reads, and I was immediately curious because of the concept behind it. And while it wasn't really what I expected, it is definitely one of those books that stick with you, and stays in your thoughts for days after.  I think that the most brilliant thing about this book is unsettlingly calm and normalized the telling of the story was. The way that the narrator goes on like everything he is doing is completely reasonable and makes perfect sense, when it's actually super twisted and messed up, is unsettling and uncomfortable when you start really thinking about it. The author did a brilliant job of telling the story, and I honestly don't think it would have worked if they had picked another method of telling it.  The characters in this are very well done, and the pacing is fantastic throughout the entire story. I did find that there were lot of literature references that I knew nothing about and that was kind of annoying, especially when they went on for a while. But they didn't take too much away from the story. All in all, I did enjoy You, and it definitely was one of those stories that stick in your head for a few days after you've read it. If you like crime novels and are looking for something unique, if you are looking for a good creepy read, or if you like 2nd person perspective and you want more, you should definitely check you You!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay A decent read. I feel it dragged on a bit in the middle but overall was a creepy book with a predictable ending.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deeply disturbing yet compelling I bought this book due to all the hype surrounding it and finally got around to reading and boy am I glad I did. I was hooked from the very first page!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy and Unnerving! I really enjoyed this book, the pace could be slightly slow at times but it did pick up. Joe is creepy and twisted. Kepnes did a wonderful job of creating his inner thoughts and they are so twisted it is amazing how she created such a psychotic character and his inner thoughts! It was an interesting read that can leave you feeling extremely creeped out.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok It was an interesting concept but I'm just not in love with it.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just ok I found the pace slow, uneventful at times. Creepy, but predictable.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very overhyped I really don't see why a lot of people felt sympathetic towards the main character, Joe. No, he is not the kind of guy you feel bad for. Story-wise many things were quite predictable especially if you watch crime shows, but yes this book was very creepy.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars The guy is a psychopath, but you can't help but kind of like him.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I absolutely loved this. It was absolutely disturbing but at the same time you can't help but love it. Joe is an extremely interesting character that you just want to know more about. I was so excited for Hidden Bodies to come out and it was just as amazing.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I could not put this book down. It is eerie and engaging at the same time.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really 3.4 Stars I'm currently reading this book now and I've read a couple of reviews that did not have any spoilers, however I find it boring so far. The first 100 pages in, all I got from the book was that Joe (the guy who works at the bookstore) is in love with Beck who does not like Joe but has a boyfriend that does not treat her well. Joe becomes obsessed with her and starts stalking her and wants to become her boyfriend and will do anything to become her boyfriend. However, I do not see the thriller portion yet and I'm becoming quite disappointed with this book as there were so many good reviews about this book.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.3 stars I had some issues with the way this book was written. There were parts in the plot that were not relevant, for example. Other times, the actual prose was not great and sometimes, the plot descriptions seemed sloppy. These are all mostly minor issues. The book itself was a great read otherwise. I've been hearing how people will root for the bad guy at times and I've also heard people say that they felt like the narrator was speaking directly to them. I did not feel either of those things and maybe that is why I wasn't as impressed as some. Despite that, it still caught me by surprise, had me reading when I should have been doing other things, and really made me think.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very eerie! A very creepy and twisted book, however it was a good read. This book is written through the eyes of the bad guy and it gets you agreeing and sometimes laughing with him. The unique insight kept me hooked. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend because of HOW creepy it is. But, if you're into psychotic thrillers, this book is amazing!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Great read, fantastic narrative, cant help but feel for the main character. So very worth the read!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hate to Love this...but I do This book is creepy...and it makes you really think. At times it makes you root for the bad guy and then that makes you question what kind of person you really are...This is a great thriller.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive Is it wrong that I was kinda rooting for the bad dude? Ah, life has a way of dangling stuff in front of us, and for the most part, we control ourselves. I'm glad he didn't...it was very entertaining :)
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You: WOW! A very interesting, and gripping read. Could not put this down. It's quite a dark read as told in the voice of a stalker.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It super creepy book but in the best way. I love when I get to root for the villain. This one being a highly disturbed, dangerous psycho who's funny as hell. I was on his side the whole disturbing time. My husband loved this book as much as I did. We couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic 4.5 That was amazing. And dark, and twisted, and so well done. I loved how screwed up the concept was, but I am seriously considering therapy after reading this. I thought all of the characters were insane and I was actually routing for Joe throughout. There is probably something wrong with me but I couldn't help it.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy...in a good way This book definitely raises some important questions...like how much of our lives is accessible on social media. The story keeps you engaged and wondering what will happen next. At times you'll root for Joe and other times you'll be appalled. However you feel, you'll definitely want to read to the end to find out what happens.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This book is one of my all time favorite books. Its creepy, weird, and absolutely addictive. You know you should hate Joe, but somehow you can't. Hes psychologically messed up and unstable, he's a stalker and he's a killer and somehow you end up loving him. Its so interesting reading from his perspective, instead of the victims. Can't recommend this one enough
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this!! This book was absolutely amazing!! I loved how creepy it was and it just kept me wanting to read more. I couldn't put the book down after I started. I liked it so much I bought the sequel as soon as I finished it.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good 4.5 That was amazing. And dark, and twisted, and so well done. I loved how screwed up the concept was, but I am seriously considering therapy after reading this. I thought all of the characters were insane and I was actually routing for Joe throughout. There is probably something wrong with me but I couldn't help it.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy yet good This was different but a good different. Creepy yet entertaining in a weird way.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Super creepy and interesting! Could not put it down till it was finished,
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesomely creepy! This book was so insanely creepy, and so incredibly different; I absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Thriller This book hooks you in from the first sentence, and does not disappoint thereafter. Definitely recommend this one.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I don't read thrillers much but this one was amazing! I can't wait to check out the sequel #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Serial killing hipster Good book. I liked how the main character seemed so outwardly normal. It made it really believable that the other characters would be fooled by him.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy Good Thriller This book was pretty much everything I expected it to be, although it was very long. Just when I thought something else couldn't happen-it did. Looking forward to reading more of this authors work!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A let down It started off really strong but then it wen't into a different direction that I didn't like. Also, I was slightly disturbed by how graphic it was, and I usually have no problem with that kind of stuff.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy OK, this book is on another level of psycho. who the hell thinks like that? Joe was someone you do not want to be involved with. Simple. His obsession, well I don't know if you can call it that. It went beyond obsession to be honest. Caroline Kepnes, you are something for this book, how it was written, it could have been written by a lunatic psycho person. You are good, it's a good read. Definitely reading the second book.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling and intriuging This is the only book by Caroline Kepnes I have read and I loved it! Written from the perspective of a psychotic stalker, this book might actually keep you up at night. I was addicted right up to the last page and had me thinking about it for days after.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from seductive read I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it's told from the killer's perspective and it was very gripping.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most messed up and awesome book. tbh, it was so weird, but so thrilling. I was intrigued from the beginning to the very end, and I've already purchased the second book. The one thing that stood out the most about this book, was that it used second person, with "you" which was unique in a sense that the majority of novels are written in first or third person. Absolutely loved it .
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from kind of creepy and addicting at the same time i liked this book because it is from a different perspective. It is very creepy but kind of predictable .. liked the first one but that is enough.. was not interested in the sequel which is probably the same events that happen in this book
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not the addicting read I was hoping for... I was looking forward to a thriller that I couldn't stop reading - something like Gone Girl or the Girl on the Train. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to finish reading just to see how it ended. Put simply this book was boring. Even the parts that were supposed to be suspenseful or creepy just weren't. The only parts that were kind of disturbing was some of the language towards women the main character, Joe, used (to be honest it felt to me like the author was trying too hard to sound like a guy because it didn't seem to match with his over all views). I thought the stalker perspective is what would make this book so scary but you start to like him and have to snap yourself out of it a bit. I thought the concept of the book sounded pretty interesting but I was disappointed with the delivery.
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! I have so many thoughts right now.. How am I going to break it down and even write about it? "You" gripped me.. To the point where I wasn't even bored when not a lot was happening, plot-wise. Told in second point of view, it wasn't too hard to get adjust to this style of writing because you get used to it. Here you are reading along and you get it, but you're also horrified as his thoughts turn on a dime. How he constantly casts blame on others and never himself. How you can see his thought process when she does so many wrong things and toys with him like a cat plays with a mouse. How obsessive and compelling he can be to be this "perfect" boyfriend when we know he's not. Beck is also one damaged character. You understand why Joe wants to fix her but he's obviously doing it in a way that crosses moral lines. I found her to be thoroughly unlikable but at the same time I pitied her. She uses her sexuality to the nth degree to get everything handed to her. And why so many people want her in this book is beyond my capability to understand. She's not the sharpest cookie either considering she has no passwords or even security for her house and electronics. Did I mention that Ethan was the only sane and likeable character I liked? Benji, Peach and even Nick were as damaged as Beck herself. Deeply flawed characters are the most interesting to read and I kid you not, this book has its fair share. How did Caroline Kepnes fully understand how to get into a male stalker's brain? Because I kid you not it was like reading his thoughts, it was like he was real. I was disturbed most of the time but like everyone else I couldn't put it down. The writing just works for this story and it's written with so many run-on sentences that it ends up being creative and memorable. I'm guessing she had to do a ton of research on how obsessed stalkers think and she did it well. The only thing I had to say about the plot was that it was fairly predictable. You could see it happening and I wanted more of a twist instead. Highly addicting and deeply disturbing, obsessive love at its finest..the story of Joe Goldberg will keep you reading well into the night. Now I have get my hands on the sequel!
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Well something I quickly discovered about myself well reading, You is that I don't have anywhere near enough patience to become a proper stalker. So you're welcome world. Another thing I found out is that a lot of readers are just as confused as I am for finding someone as messed up as Joe as utterly compelling and charming. Joe is the driving force behind this novel. I'm pretty sure you're supposed to like him well feeling disgusted with yourself for liking a murderer with a pretty serious stalking problem. Joe knows how to be who he needs to be to get what he wants. His witty thoughts are exactly what most of us are thinking. Beyond that he's fucking hilarious, especially when he's doing those illegal things. Whatever, it's fiction and I'm allowed to like him. So Joe was great, but I cannot say that about everything else. Beck(the girl Joe is stalking) is a fake, pretentious screwed up moron. I loathe her. Every single email she sent(that Joe would read like a good stalker) to her friends, every single time she called Joe, anything that had her and Joe connected actually had me feeling bad for the guy because she was using him; playing him. And what! He's stalking her, it should be the other way around. Nope, I actually felt that Beck was a worse person than Joe. And really Joe could have picked someone so much better to stalk and love. The pacing was my biggest issue. A third of the pages could have been cut out. It was way to long. So of course that makes the book drag. And I lose interest and patience; which comes back to not having the patience Joe shows through many a pages. The second person narrative was different. But I never had that unsettling or creeped out feeling that it should have given me, and that was just a let down as that's the whole idea behind You being in second person; feeling like Joe is in your face. I can see the hype behind You. I get it. Joe makes you route for an ultimately bad person. But he just wasn't enough to make me need to tear through the book.
Date published: 2016-02-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from You! Bought it because recomended by a friend. She stopped reading the book almost immediately. I read it till the end but found it kind of tacky but maybe perverts talk and think like the one in the book.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down... Loved this book...didn't want it to end...clever creepy and entirely entertaining...Caroline Kepnes has a great style of writing that draws you in and keeps you coming back.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You. In this sick minded stalker novel, the author brings you to another world, always keeping you on the edge of your seat. Sexy, firing, spectacular and dramatic read.
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Recently I read this book and it was great from beginning to end. It did start off slow, but once the ball was rolling, I was definitely intrigued and wanted to read more. I couldn't get enough of this book. I do have to say that with Stephen King's review, I thought it would be a lot more creepier and scarier than it actually was. Don't get me wrong, it did give me chills, reading from the "stalker's" point of view, but it wasn't enough to give me nightmares. All in all, I am excited to see more of the author's books.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YOU by Caroline Kepnes This novel is highly readable and pulls you in quickly. I found the author's ability to get into the mind of a psychopath fascinating. Kepnes skillfully navigates the clever yet absurd rationalizations of a twisted soul in love.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You. You was a new enjoyable read. Written in a great perspective. Leaves you wanting to know more. Recommend
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Curse-laden I wanted to read this book because it was referred to me, by Kobo, as being similar to "Us". It was a thriller, but,unexpectedly profane and graphically sexual. NOT my type of book.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twisted story I really liked this book. Joe is so messed up and just plain evil. He stalks Beck and then eventually they get together, but things don't go smoothly, at least not the way that Joe wants them to. The author does a great job of making us feel sorry for Joe at times, but then he does something so heinous that he becomes loathsome again. This book is a roller coaster of emotions, for sure. The best part of the book, for me, were the references to books. Joe works in a book store and all kinds of novels play a big part in the story. Am I the only one who would want to visit the basement and see all of the rare books? Without the cage, of course.
Date published: 2014-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You by Caroline Kepnes Wow. Very suspenseful. Thought provoking. I could not put it down. Do people actually exist like this?
Date published: 2014-12-21

Editorial Reviews

"I was immediately hooked—and read it in a matter of hours. Could. Not. Stop."