Reviews of Dark Fiction

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes

That’s right, Joe is baaack! Now he lives on an island, off the coast of Washington state and he’s living the quiet life. No, really! He gets a job volunteering at a local library. Being that he is, well…Joe, he’s noticed and taken a liking to the head librarian, Mary Kay. Has Joe really changed? Is he going to go after Mary Kay with his usual determination and internal scheming? You’ll have to read this to find out!

What I love most about this series is, (and I suspect it’s the same reason as a lot of other readers), that Joe is written in such a way, that we are actually rooting for the guy. In his twisted head, which we have access to, his thoughts make sense-not in a way that represents a lot of moral thinking, but sense just the same. In his thoughts, he’s really trying to do his best to change. At least, at first.

Like the other two books, there are a lot of cultural references and song tidbits-things like that, and I was happy to get most of them. Joe also has a way of referring to events or people with certain nicknames and that cracks me up because I do the same. I was giggling over the moniker “Strawberry Killer” but I can’t tell you why right now.

The only issue I had with this book and it’s a small one, is that it became a bit difficult at times to follow the discussions because Joe was acting as another person. Does that make any sense? It slowed down my reading just a bit, because I wanted to be sure exactly what was happening. I think this is due to the second person point of view, and also because I’m obsessed with getting everything straight in my head where Joe is concerned. In fact, I may be a bit obsessed with Joe, in general.

That’s it, that’s all I’m going to say. I don’t want to spoil any of the deliciousness that awaits you. After all, YOU LOVE ME and I don’t want to do anything to ruin that.

Highly recommended!

Available wherever books are sold Tuesday, April 6th, 2021.

Thank you to the author, publisher and to NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!

You Love Me Book Cover You Love Me
You #3
Caroline Kepnes
Dark Fiction, Thriller, Psychological Fiction, Suspense
Random House


The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’s hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show—a compulsively readable trip into the deviant mind of the uniquely antisocial, savvy bookseller . . . Joe Goldberg.

“Fiendish, fast-paced, and very funny.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train


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.

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