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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  325 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
A propulsive new thriller about the obsessive nature of love when an intensifying relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping.

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally rea
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Lenny
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Edward Lorn
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shopping-list
With Providence, Caroline Kepnes proves that she's not a one-hit (one-character?) wonder. There will certainly be those who dislike this novel based solely on the fact that it is not another Joe Goldberg story, but those people should be ignored. Same goes for anyone who bitches about the supernatural aspect. You can't please everyone all the time, and I'm glad Kepnes branched out into weirdish territory.

Providence is terrific, from start to finish, and it just goes to show how versatile the au
When the newest book, Providence, by Caroline Kepnes became available, I excitedly requested and downloaded it on NetGalley. Her first book, You, is one of my favorites, and her second, Hidden Bodies, was very strong. I rushed through Providence this week turning the pages and watching a strange story unfold before my eyes. There are many parts I enjoyed, a few I thought were just okay, and in the end would give it about 3.5 stars.

Let's start out with a little bit about the story... two teenager
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
To be published by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s imprint Lenny, Providence is a book targeted at millennials. I am not a millennial and quite far from it. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of You (Kepnes first book) I thought a different publisher, a different editor and a departure from form would make for a different reading experience. It is that but it isn’t for me. Heavily reliant upon Lovecraft, which I haven’t read since high school, this book doesn’t seem to know what it is. I wouldn’t call ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Jon and Chloe are best friends who have grown up together in a small town in New Hampshire. Jon is sort of an outcast and is bullied by his peers. Chloe does not care when her friends ridicule her for sitting with Jon at lunch or for hanging out with him after school. Both feel a connection to the other and feel as if he/she has finally found someone who "gets" him/her. Then one day Jon is kidnapped and not seen or heard from in four years.

Chloe has gone on with her life and makes attempts to fi
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Anyone who has followed my reviews may have heard me mention Caroline Kepnes first book YOU and how much I loved that story so of course I was going to grab anything else that she had written. Picking up Providence I was well aware that it was nothing like YOU and that was perfectly fine with me as I don’t want to read the same story over and over again and love mixing things up and branching out. However, after reading Providence I can’t lie and say I really enjoyed this one.

The story started o
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My reactions while reading this book can basically be summed up in a single word: Okay! Okay. Okay? Okay...

Spoiler alert: this book was not okay.

Dear people who read this book and gave it five stars - what the hell? Did you get a different book than I did? What is this so-called brilliant homage that you read, because I got a really lame story about this boy in the friend-zone who ends up obsessed with this manic pixie dream girl stereotype
Dan Schwent
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
When Jon Bronson disappears on the way to school one day, he leaves his best friend Chloe wondering what happened to him. Four years later, he wakes up in a basement, jacked up and with no memory of the past four years, only a copy of The Dunwich Horror with some notes written inside. Will Jon and Chloe be able to pick up where they left off?

This was a Netgalley pick. Edward Lorn and some other trusted reviewers have sung the praises of Caroline Kepnes in the past so I decided to take a chance.

Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I need to mention how very different this book is to Ms. Kepnes' previous books You and Hidden Bodies. So much so that I think peoples reactions to this are going to be all over the place. Where do I stand? I LOVED IT!!!!

Where You and Hidden Bodies were dysfunctional (putting it mildly) love stories this is a more of a classic love story. There is never a doubt that Jon and Chloe are in love and what they will do or won't do to preserve that love. Here's the thing....I don't do love st
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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So many thoughts. Please bear with me . . . .

The basics of Providence is that it is about a boy who disappeared and returned four years later . . . different than he was before. It becomes his mission over the years to “fix” himself of this change in order to be with the girl he has always loved. In addition to that story is one that runs parallel about a detective trying to figure out what really caused a series of death by heart at
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.



A connection lost, then found again.  Providence, fate, the hand of God.  Spontaneous nosebleeds, instant healing, imagined things becoming real.  

I loved this author's You and Hidden Bodies.  This one, not so much, although I suspect aficionados of all things Lovecraftian will dig on it.  I have never read The Dunwich Horror and although I was more or less successful at cobbling things together from the context, the overall read pro
Melisa - Traveling Sister
Fastest Netgalley approval ever. Thank you so much Random House!
There is a lot going on in this book, and I really, really wish the author Caroline Kepnes had an interview already released somewhere that reveals her inspiration or intended message. Is this a reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft's short story: The Dunwich Horror? It is the creation of a character meant to reflect H.P. Lovecraft's own personal demons? Or is it simply an involved thriller that originated from the very imaginative mind of its author? Very likely, it's a mixture of all three things.

Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch


Caroline Kepnes is one of the best wordsmiths of our generation. Plain and simple.

This highly intelligent suspenseful read is nothing short of breathtaking... You may or may not have read You. (*whispers if you haven't YOU have to!!!) If you have, trust me when I say Kepnes blew it out of the water with Providence. I'm still left hypnotized by her words. The beauty, the pain, the human insight... I almost feel like I'm in a trace. I can't for
Review to come, but initial thoughts:

Slow trudge of a plot
Very little action
Highly unlikeable characters (Lo is only one I liked)
Overall meh-ness lol

Disappointing because YOU was amazing!
What the fuck is this book? This book was my most anticipated book of the year, because You is one of my favorite books of all time. I read this books description and I thought it sounded so cool and I couldn't wait to read it and now I'm just like..... what??? This book was strange. Probably one of the strangest books I've ever read. This book was trying to be so many things at once and failing at all of them. This was part mystery, part romance, part supernatural, part detective story, part th ...more
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*


Buddy-read with the fabulous Nenia!

I guess I went into this expecting another YOU. Not exactly, but just something as good and dense and witty.

I did not get that. Everything that made YOU good was either absent or half-hearted in PROVIDENCE: the writing was not clever, the pop culture references were clumsy, and the observations weren't snappy. The characters were unlikable, and not in a fun way. I never believed in their relationships, which clouded my enjoyment of the entir
Kealan Burke
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
In YOU and HIDDEN BODIES, the love was toxic. In PROVIDENCE, it’s sweeter, purer, but no less dangerous. My favorite of Kepnes’ books so far, PROVIDENCE is a real heart-stopper.
Nov 27, 2017 marked it as to-read
New Caroline Kepnes.

Excerpt here:

Now come on June 😩
Feb 07, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Dear NetGalley & Edelweiss,

I would sell my soul to the devil for an ARC of this. Just saying!

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Approve me. *fingers crossed*

Yours Truly,
Michelle ;)
Carlene Inspired
Preorder: Amazon

There is no other way for me to describe this book other than heavy. At times it seems there is no real purpose to this book, there's no glowing happily ever after promised, but as you get into the minds of Jon, Chloe, and Eggs we begin to understand how obsession can take over your life. The teacher was obsessed with a book and a crazy idea, Jon is obsessed with finding a way to be with Chloe and around others, Chloe is obsessed with Jon and popularity, Eggs is obsessed with fin
Jamie Rosenblit
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
** hides from lynch mob **

2.5 stars rounded up. As much as it absolutely kills me to say, this just didn’t do it for me. And honestly, was it The Curse of Beloved Joe Goldberg that was the cause? Maybe. But, not in the way you might think! You and Hidden Bodies were wow books for me, so that instantly propelled Kepnes to my must read list, so I was extremely excited for this book, even though it was not more Joe. So maybe some of the reason I didn’t love this was my super high hopes but I think
So.. my goodness there is a lot going on in Providence. I wish that the author would have had a message etc that reveals her message or inspiration for this one.

I'm not into sci-fi/fantasy genres and felt that this was a tad bit towards that direction. So.. H.P Lovecraft's book is a strong theme in this one... which is totally fine but I'm not familiar with this at all. I feel like those that enjoyed Lovecraft will enjoy this one :). There are some elements that left me scratching my head a few
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Genre: Thriller
Actual Rating: 2 stars

Short Review: This book wasn't for me although I do appreciate the authors originality within the novel. This book is much different than her debut, You. That is fine of course. I wasn't looking for an exact replica. I just had a very hard time liking this one. Again, that's fine for me. Many people are going to LOVE this book. It just takes certain tastes I think.

Don't NOT read it based on my rating. I think this story wil
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
Thank you to NetGalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

And, uh...... This one gon' be real honest.

1.75 stars. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED!!!!

You guys.
No spoilers here.
You guys.

I was introduced to Caroline Kepnes with You, which was, if not a masterpiece, GREAT. I loved it! One of my favorite reads of 2017. So when this came up on NetGalley I was like "YAS LAWD PLS SIGN ME UP!"

But then.


First of all, it is CONTEMPORARY with a capital CONTEMPORARY, which, if you've read my bio or mo
As kids, Jon and Chloe are best friends, even though she realizes that Jon is a little different from the other kids. Then one day Jon vanishes after taking a shortcut on his way to school. The town searches for him, but it's a bit halfhearted they must admit, as he is not one of the popular and beloved kids. But his absence strikes Chloe in the heart. She finds solace in her art and begins fitting in better at school, making more friends. Still, she cannot forget Jon or how much he meant to her ...more
Laura Rash
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
To fans of You & Hidden Bodies, be aware that this is nothing like those 2 books. Not that I think authors have to write constantly the same style or characters, but this was way off in left field. It started off holding my interest but soon waned. I felt like I was missing some parallel from the get go. Maybe just not for me.
I do appreciate this early copy sent to me upon the request of the author.
Cody | codysbookshelf
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Caroline Kepnes has one of the most unique voices in modern fiction, and by this point I will buy anything of hers on day one. No questions asked. She’s that good, folks. When the opportunity arose for me to read and review her new novel, Providence, some four months before release date, I jumped at the chance. And here we are.

The first fifty or so pages of this book is some of Kepnes’s finest writing to date. The reader is introduced to Jon and Chloe, best friends in junior high, and they imme
Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
Why is it that whenever I get super excited about a book or getting an ARC, I don't like it? I got through the first part and I decided that I don't like it. And that disappoints me since I really liked You (Hidden Bodies was okay). But, I'll always have that book.

February 12:

I GOT AN ARC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, arc, netgalley
Providence is an awesome read! I was super excited to be given an advanced copy. I have read other books by Caroline Kepnes, and this one is completely different than her other reads, but just as amazing.
Providence is a dark romantic thriller that will take you on a wild ride about love and loss.
I would recommend this book.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
I kiss a boy at Noelle’s cousin’s party in Manchester. I don’t know his name. His tongue is enormous and alive. I don’t know Jon’s tongue. Probably never will.

Well, this was a complete mess.

I didn’t really have much in terms of expectations going into this one. I know Kepnes is the author of the hit You (which I have not read), which is soon to be a Lifetime TV series, so I was pleasantly surprised to be accepted for an ARC of her newest release.

However, the reviews that have been pouring in f
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