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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Eugenia
  • 27/08/2018

HORRIBLE

Not For Me is an understatement. Can I give this less than one star?
I started listening and it was okay, but quickly descended into a morass of angst and suffering and endless thoughts with endless self introspection. Aaargh!!!!
I continued to listen while every time I put those ear buds on, I cringed.
All of the characters were so unlikeable while wallowing in their ridiculous emotions.
Oh, and the narrations...! I love MacLeod Andrews, but in this... yuck. I hated the others with their heavy-handed delivery.
My favorite was at the end with We hope you have enjoyed this....
Now I will tell you what I really think.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02/08/2018

Unsympathetic Characters

I bought this book based on the amazon recommendation, and I doubt I do that again. The love story in this book is annoying. The decisions they make are infuriating. First the lady decides she loves this guy after he becomes missing, prior to that he's just a dorky friend. Once he comes back and even though she only sees him for about 10 seconds, she dumps her current boyfriend and gives up her life to be with him; and he won't even see her. Then he won't talk to her, and lastly ,despite some hang up calls, won't contact her, and you have to sit through 47 chapters to get this far. Those 47 chapters are an absolute drag. There is a story about him gaining some powers that hurt the people he loves, but she doesn't know that. I find my self rooting for her to give up and move on. I mean her life doesn't have to be defined by this guy. After chapter 47, I had given this book over 5 hours of listening, and I found myself getting in a bad mood when the book would start to play. Annoyed by the guy, annoyed by the girl, and annoyed by the new character that just entered the book (the detective). I couldn't take anymore, so I've given up on this book. I may try to struggle through the rest on my way to work, but after 5 hours of complete garbage, I can't possible see this getting any better. Its sad, Amazon's staff made it sound so good, and it's absolutely terrible.

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  • Wendi
  • 05/07/2018

This is Awful- What a Disappointment!!

I am returning this book. I was expecting a 'YOU' and instead, I got a complete MESS. We have a boy and girl 'young romance.' Then the boy gets kidnapped. The boy comes back and gets made fun of and bullied by school mates. His undying childhood love for his pre-pubescent girlfriend can no longer continue because she has to go along with the crowd. It's cool to make fun of him and call him a freak. Not exactly original stuff.

The boy runs away, and we are reminded of M. Night Shyamalan's disastrous 'The Happening' where people start dropping dead out of no where. Not to mention, post-kidnapped boy has supernatural powers, and like Edward in 'Twilight,' he doesn't want to hurt his girlfriend. (Insert eyeroll)

Oh my goodness. This book is a mess. I LOVED Kepnes' YOU and HIDDEN BODIES. In fact, both of her previous books are two of my all time favourites! However, this is just awful and her editor should be ashamed- and fired immediately. I hope that Kepnes writes a third book for the YOU series so we can see what happens to Joe, post jail. Those books were like The Talented Mr. Ripley mixed with new technology and more personality. Providence is a real stinker- don't waste your credit.

-Wendi

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  • Dianna
  • 21/06/2018

I can’t write a book......

......and with that in mind, I feel somewhat bad for how utterly HORRIBLE I feel like this book is?
Nothing like her first two novels. This was utterly nonsensical. The storyline had seeming potential at first, then off in a vaguely descriptive whole other direction out of which you may struggle to make ANY sense of!
Perhaps the most ridiculous aspect was spinning a web-like expressed thought process within children and subsequently young adults (with exception to one character), that no child/young adult could conceive/rationalize.
This book was a bitter disappointment and although I’ve already said it, I’ll say again....
utter nonsense.

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