You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Publication Date: 1st April 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“Joe is done with the cities. He’s 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 Kay 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 Kay 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 Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.”
My Thoughts & Review
Joe Goldberg is back in this third book in the YOU series!!! Back in February 2021 I binge read the first two books for the first time to make sure I was up to date with the series before diving into this one. I loved the first two books, and one didn’t disappoint either.
In this third instalment Joes has moved to a small town called Bainbridge, near Seattle where he is hoping to start a new life where he will try to be the nice guy, that he knows he can be if he tries hard enough. But then he meets Mary Kay. An older woman who works at a local library where he volunteers and from that moment on you just know things won’t end well especially when it involves Joe falling in love.
Although I found the writing style and plot to be well done, I did find that things did get a little repetitive. One thing that did irritate me quite a bit was the over use of the word RIP. I lost count on the amount of times it was used. To put it in context Kepnes used it nearly every time Joe mentioned a character or person that had died. It’s not a problem at the beginning but when you already know the person is dead you just don’t need to be reminded every time their name is mentioned.
Apart from the small issues that I mentioned I really enjoyed this book. Also, having read it before session 3 of the show comes out I found it to be a little less predictable than the previous books as I didn’t know what was coming. From the way You Love Me ended I have a feeling we will be getting a fourth book. I really hope we do and hope we don’t have to wait too long!!
If you’re a fan of the YOU series (Books or Netflix show) this is definitely a book worth reading!! If you haven’t read or watched the show yet I highly recommend you read the books first!!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Simon & Schuster UK for my eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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