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Providence

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"A dark beauty of a book, Providence kept me up at night with characters that made my heart a little bigger." (Jessica Knoll, New York Times best-selling author of Luckiest Girl Alive)

A propulsive novel that's part love story, part detective story, and part supernatural thriller - from the acclaimed author of You, whose work Stephen King describes as "hypnotic and totally original"

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed.

Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off...until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers that pose a grave threat to everyone he cares for. Afraid of hurting Chloe, Jon runs away, embarking on a journey for answers.

Meanwhile, in Providence, Rhode Island, healthy college students and townies with no connection to one another are suddenly, inexplicably dropping dead. A troubled detective prone to unexplainable hunches, Charles "Eggs" DeBenedictus suspects there's a serial killer at work. But when he starts asking questions, Eggs is plunged into a whodunit worthy of his most outlandish obsessions.

In this dazzling new novel - and with an intense, mesmerizing voice - Caroline Kepnes makes keen and powerful observations about human connection and how love and identity can dangerously blur together.

Narrators:

Jon, read by Macleod Andrews
Chloe, read by Emily Rankin
Eggs, read by Paul Michael

©2018 Caroline Kepnes (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critiques

"An artist, a mutated vigilante, a charming hunter, a sickly detective, and a literary lunatic: Caroline Kepnes brings them together in this propulsive and original story. It kept me up at night, scared and thinking." (E. Lockhart, New York Times best-selling author of Genuine Fraud and We Were Liars)

"The infinite talent of Caroline Kepnes shines through every page of this extraordinary tale. Providence is sure to be one of the best thrillers of the year." (Mary Kubica, New York Times best-selling author of The Good Girl)

"There is something for every reader in these pages - thrills, chills, and a complex love story. Kepnes is a writer to add to your must-read pile." (Tess Gerritsen, New York Times best-selling author of I Know a Secret)

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  • George
  • 04/07/2018

This story went nowhere. Dully. Pointlessly.

This felt like a dopey college course short story assignment that, despite it's resulting blandness, was later dragged out into a whole book. There's not enough complexity to really review it. Also, the female narrator did that wispy whisper voice that must sound deeply feeling in her own head, but sounded like overacting to me. Eggs the Detective was the only high point.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03/07/2018

Awful

The narrators were good but the story was pretty terrible. Don't waste your credit on this!

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  • Tina
  • 27/06/2018

I guess I'm not being fair to the author...

I would have given more stars if say....this was a debut novel ... but I could not help comparing it to YOU & HIDDEN BODIES...which are amazing and groundbreaking.

Maybe she was on a deadline, and they should have let her refine PROVIDENCE a bit more....because IMHO...Kepnes could have made PROVIDENCE just as good as the JOE books.

WHY DIDN'T THEY GET SANTINO? LOL...I guess he doesn't fit the voice of Jon...but maybe they could have used him for "older Jon"

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  • GCS18
  • 02/07/2018

I waited and waited but this?

Loved her last two books. I’m talking LOVED and couldn’t wait for her next one. But either it’s over my head or it’s a complete and total mess. Reminds me of a house with a bunch of additions that make no sense. It’s like someone with ADD had to deliver a book to her publisher and in a frenzy of pressure put this confusing, over complicated and head scratching story. I will say this: her first two books were so incredible I will always be a fan. This one was just a blip in what I’m sure will be an amazing career. I just didn’t get it.

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  • Sarah
  • 22/06/2018

Just stick with Joe!

I was counting the days until this book was released, I preorder it and was so excited to begin it. I absolutely LOVED You and Hidden Bodies. This was a complete mess! There was no character development, the plot(if you can call it that) was all over the place, no questions were answered at the end of the book. She spent more time coming up with clever analogy after analogy then actual developing a cohesive story. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. I didn’t even want to finish it but I was hoping it was going to get better but it only got worse. She really should just continue her storyline of Joe and Love or at the very least have a definition beginning and end with her next endeavor. I truly am heartbroken that this book was just absolutely terrible.

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  • Elaine
  • 29/06/2018

Enjoy being the third wheel in middle school?

Did you have friends in middle school who were THAT couple? They can't go on dates or have sex because they're 14 and can't drive, and they don't have much to talk about that isn't vapid because they're 14 years old, and so they spend hours repeating each other's first name, but, like, really soulfully? And whenever you try to hang out with your best friend, she's on the computer messaging her boyfriend? And if they can't chat, she's moping? Yeah, reading this novel is like being a spectator of that. There's no action and only the scantiest of plots, so after Jon comes back from being kidnapped, the rest of the book is basically Jon and Chloe describing their sadness. The third main character, Eggs, didn't have much to do except to hide his investigation from his wife and the police chief, both of whom are women of the "Just Doesn't Understand the Man but Will Eventually Be Proven Wrong" variety.

Providence might have worked as a novella or short story, but as a novel of this length, it's a slog.

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  • LadyTodd
  • 19/07/2018

Really wanted to like this

Because I was mesmerized by her two previous Joe books, I was expecting to listen to a twisted story of another psychotic killer. I was even expecting to find characters with flaws like real people. I expected a story that exposes the worst (best? most defining?) parts of their behavior. But this... was not it. I kept waiting for the big twist! The hook that would change your whole perspective of the story, but it never came.

The characters were boring and thoroughly unlikable! Despite the attempted effort to add dimension to the characters through narration, they still came off flat, juvenile, vapid, and unbelievably repetitive. Giving them mildly painful back-stories somehow made them seem shallow. For example; the detective had a kid with autism and it ruined his life, marriage and hope to have more kids? That's just insulting in too many ways. When his wife blamed herself and thought there were toxins in her cosmetics, she threw them all out. The detective then comments that he does't like how his wife looks without mascara and how small her eyes looked. Reflecting back on this, I cannot believe this book was written by a woman. The way the women's characters are written - they are thoroughly deplorable! That list would include: the detective's wife, any of Chloe's friends, Jon's Mom, the fiance's mother and his sisters, the trafficker, and the girl Jon kisses. Even Chloe is hopeless.

The story was disjointed and missing some very important plot points. It seemed that perhaps the author had seen an M. Night Shyamalan movie about trees that could kill people and thought "Well, what if a person was like one of these trees and could just kill with their heart and emotions?" And let's put these powers into the body of the most turbulent emotional character we can find: a middle school boy.

The supernatural element lost me. I wouldn't describe it quite as supernatural, but more science fiction. But with very little science to back it up. Maybe the supernatural bit was that Chloe always smells like cookies? Repeating that Jon and Chloe must be soul mates won't make it so. And this connection they have was never explained beyond "they have this connection."

I wanted to stop this book at least 6 or 8 times, but kept thinking any minute it would turn and I would see the story differently.
Planning to return this one. Not worth the credit.

Likely a sequel is planned, based on how this book ended. But I won't read it unless someone tells me what happened to Pedro.

**Side note: While I would cautiously say I loved the Joe books, it would be better fitting to say I was captivated, sickened, but I couldn't stop listening. Joe was flawed (obviously!) but as the reader you come to see his point of view. He's killing people but they sort of deserve it. Perhaps if we thought that some vigilante like Joe would witness our bad behavior, maybe that would make us better people? Maybe not treat people who are in our circle of acquaintances like they are disposable? I did notice that several of the themes in the Joe novels were revisited in Providence. The author's voice is in there - it's buried in bad editing of a not-so-clear storyline.

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  • kelinda
  • 01/07/2018

Good not great

Fierce young friendship, murder, abduction, and science fiction are all found in this book. What didn’t quite put it over the edge for me was that the story hinges on a relationship that began in middle school. The characters are obsessed with each other, but we’ve not really been given a compelling reason why. Yes, we’re reminded over and over that they “get” each other but we’re not let in on their conversations. I couldn’t quite buy in.

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  • Wayne
  • 22/06/2018

An unrequited love story and some supernatural!

I detested both of Caroline Kepnes two prior novels (YOU and HIDDEN BODIES), and wish Kepnes would write a final short story about Joe Goldberg where someone finally kills the evil bastard. PROVIDENCE is completely different; it is a love story and a serial murder story with relatively mild supernatural elements (I usually avoid novels that include the supernatural). The main characters are Chloe and Jon who fell in love in their early teens before Jon disappeared for several years along with a Providence RI police detective nicknamed "Eggs" who sought the killer even as he fought cancer. The word "Providence" refers to both the capital city of Rhode Island and to the possibly supernatural forces that separated Chloe and Jon. The first half of the novel develops slowly, but that is necessary due to the complex plot. In the end PROVIDENCE is a superb suspense mystery.

The narration deserves special attention because it is truly outstanding team narration by three of the best narrators. Emily Rankin is the voice of Chloe, McLeod Andrews is the voice of Jon, and Paul Michael is the voice of "Eggs".

After giving both YOU and HIDDEN BODIES 1 star ratings and reviews, I had doubts about listening to PROVIDENCE, but I'm very happy I purchased this 5 star novel.

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  • Stacie Tucker
  • 24/06/2018

Great book.... but it’s not Joe. 🙁

I give this book 5 stars because I’ve been waiting for weeks to read Kepnes’ new book. It’s good, always love her writing style.... but I must say I miss Joe. He was my favorite book character. If you’re looking for the same scandalous, raunchy, and over the top personalities, you won’t find it here as was in the last two books. But definitely worth buying, I feel a sequel.

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