Book Reviews

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

3/5 ⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal Fiction, Paranormal Romance

My Review: Caroline Kepnes is an author I discovered through fellow book lovers. No matter what bookish App, Facebook group or book club I kept hearing great things & recommendations to read You & Hidden Bodies. When I finally did I was hooked on her writting. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews on Providence when it first came out so I had to let time pass & get all the critiques that were stuck in my head out before diving into this one.

You can tell from the book genre this is not going to like other books written by Kepnes. As a reader I appreciate it when authors dive into other genres, at times it has made me appreciate a genre I may not have picked up if not for a particular author.

This was a very well written story. Childhood friends Jon with a crush on Chloe, Chloe defending Jon from bullies seems like a typical teenage story, until Jon goes missing. He returns years later as a young man with strange abilities that he can’t quite grasp or figure out at first. His new life is quite difficult to navigate for fear of harming those he loves.

The chapters go back & forth between Jon & Chloe until midway through a Detective who goes by Eggs also joins in taking turns narrating his take on investigating a series of murders & disappearances.

Another great addition to the cast of characters is Eggs wife Lo who gives readers like myself who are not familiar with HP Lovecraft the overview of the Lovecraft universe which since there are so many references to the Lovecraft stories within Providence without Lo Eggs & readers like myself would be lost.

At the heart of this story it’s full of romance, literal heartache, sci-fi & suspense. There are some really interesting relationships between the charecters throughout the story between Jon & Chloe, Jon’s parents, Eggs & his wife, ETC.

It’s a very well written story sci-fi fans will love it. As a thriller fan for me it was a good read not my favorite Kepnes book but a good book I’m glad to have read.

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Blurb: 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 ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.

When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and find the answers to his new identity–but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected.

Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters’ lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.

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Memorable Quotes:

“Consciousness is the monster and it wins.”

“She says New York was like Sesame Street for grown-ups, everyone has big hearts and you can be anything you wanna be.”

“You don’t lose a person all at once. You lose them in parts.”

There’s no good place to break someone’s heart.

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