Review: Providence by Caroline Kepnes

June 20, 2018

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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**** 4 Star Review ****


I knew nothing about this book going in except that it wasn't going to be about my book boyfriend Joe. I was apprehensive because I really miss him. I want more of him. I was not disappointed in this one though. Jon is almost as swoon worthy, just in different ways.


This book was like nothing I have ever read. Caroline is good at that. Giving us stories that we never thought we would read and love. This book was part thrilling, part magical, part heart breaking, part sweet and romantic, and completely epic. It's the ultimate epic romance story without all of the unicorns and rainbows.


Jon. Where will you end up Jon? How will you get your happily ever after? You sure deserve it after everything you have gone through. My heart was pounding through so much of this book. My mind was reeling how everything would turn out in the end.


Poor Chloe. She is such a great character. So real and genuine. I wanted to her to get her happily ever after just as much as I wanted Jon to get his. From childhood to adulthood, Chloe never lost her way. She continued to let Jon's memory live inside her. She never gave up.


I wanted to get to the end of this book so badly. At the same time, I didn't want this story to come to a close. I wanted to bask in Jon and Chloe was a little longer, but I also couldn't take another second of agony.


Fans of Caroline Kepnes will NOT be expecting this story. It is absolutely nothing like her previous two books. I just hope everyone keeps an open mind and embraces the genius that is this book.


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