Caroline Kepnes books in order
Caroline Kepnes is American writer, screenwriter and author of You (2014), Hidden Bodies (2016) and Providence (2018).
Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she graduated from Brown University before working as an entertainment reporter for Entertainment Weekly.
Her debut novel, You, was adapted into a Netflix series in 2018 starring Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail.
Caroline, who has previously written episodes of 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American, currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Cape Cod.
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
- Providence: A Novel (2018)
- The Voices of Joe: Caroline Meets Santino (2016)
- You (2014)
- Hidden Bodies (2016)
- You Love Me (2021)
- For You and Only You (2023)
Detailed book overview
Childhood best friends Jon and Chloe grew up in a tiny town in New Hampshire. Just as he is about to open up about his true feelings, Jon is abducted by his substitute teacher—a disreputable scientist obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and saving humanity.
Four years later, Jon successfully escapes from captivity, only to realize that he now possesses incredible power that threatens anyone he has strong feelings for.
Determined to protect Chloe, he takes off to Providence.
Meanwhile, Detective Charles “Eggs” DeBenedictus is on a mission to unearth the truth behind a string of strange deaths by young, healthy people—even if it ruins his job and destroys his marriage.
When the beautiful Guinevere Beck walks into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, the first thing he does is Google her name, as per the credit card.
There is apparently only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account, attended Brown University and lives on Bank Street.
Given the incredible amount of personal details online, Joe swiftly makes arrangement for a “chance” encounter. With time, he graduates from being a stalker, to a boyfriend and the perfect man for Beck—even willing to commit murder.
This book looks at how the internet makes us all vulnerable to stalking and manipulation.
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Luca Padovan, Zach Cherry, Shay Mitchell, Victoria Pedretti, Jenna Ortega, James Scully, Ambyr Childers, Carmela Zumbado
Joe Goldberg is used to hiding bodies.
He has over the last decade buried four bodies, all the down side of his search for love.
Determined to make a fresh start, he moves to Los Angeles, the city of second chances.
For a while things seem to be going for him, as he works in a bookstore, and even starts a fling with his journo neighbor.
Buried bodies however never remain hidden for long.
Although Joe is desperate to hide his secrets, they endlessly haunt him—threatening the one thing that he wants most.
His new girlfriend must never know what he did, for finding out won’t leave him with much of a choice.
Joe Goldberg 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.
Joe Goldberg is ready for a change. Instead of selling books, he’s writing them. And he’s off to a good start. Glenn Shoddy, an acclaimed literary author, recognizes Joe’s genius and invites him to join a tight-knit writing fellowship at Harvard.
Finally, Joe will be in a place where talent matters more than pedigree . . . where intellect is the great equalizer and anything is possible. Even happy endings. Or so he thinks, until he meets his already-published, already-distinguished peers, who all seem to be cut from the same elitist cloth.
Thankfully, Wonder Parish enters the picture. They have so much in common. No college degrees, no pretensions, no stories from prep school or grad school. Just a love for literature. If only Wonder could commit herself to the writing life, they could be those rare literary soulmates who never fall prey to their demons.
Wonder has a tendency to love, to covet, but Joe is a believer in the rule of fiction: If you want to write a book, you have to kill your darlings.