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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Anyone who has followed my reviews may have heard me mention Caroline Kepnes first book YOU and how much I loved that story so of course I was going to grab anything else that she had written. Picking up Providence I was well aware that it was nothing like YOU and that was perfectly fine with me as I don’t want to read the same story over and over again and love mixing things up and branching out. However, after reading Providence I can’t lie and say I really enjoyed this one.
The story started o ...more
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2.5 stars rounded up. As much as it absolutely kills me to say, this just didn’t do it for me. And honestly, was it The Curse of Beloved Joe Goldberg that was the cause? Maybe. But, not in the way you might think! You and Hidden Bodies were wow books for me, so that instantly propelled Kepnes to my must read list, so I was extremely excited for this book, even though it was not more Joe. So maybe some of the reason I didn’t love this was my super high hopes but I think ...more
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Buddy-read with the fabulous Nenia!
I guess I went into this expecting another YOU. Not exactly, but just something as good and dense and witty.
I did not get that. Everything that made YOU good was either absent or half-hearted in PROVIDENCE: the writing was not clever, the pop culture references were clumsy, and the observations weren't snappy. The characters were unlikable, and not in a fun way. I never believed in their relationships, which clouded my enjoyment of the entir ...more
3.5 mishmash stars to Providence! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5
I listened to Caroline Kepnes’ YOU on audio this exact same time two years ago. THAT was an experience, and if you enjoy audios and don’t mind disturbing content, it’s the best audio I know. When I saw Kepnes had a new thriller releasing under the new imprint Lenny (by Lena Dunham), I jumped at the chance to read Providence.
Providence is a mishmash of genres- thriller, paranormal, urban fantasy, young adult - and also a bit of a mishmash on how I felt ab ...more
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5
I was a little apprehensive going into Providence because of all the less than stellar reviews out there. Not that I wouldn't read it since it is written by one of my favorite's Caroline Kepnes, but I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Well I'm very glad to have gotten a chance to read this book because I really enjoyed it.
Providence is about Jon who gets kidnapped only to return 4 years later a completely changed person. He now has certain powers, and fearing for the people around him, ...more
I did not want to put this book down. I was immediately drawn in, and so in love with the characters and their stories. Providence is another amazing novel from a writer who is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Jon Bronson is the kid that the popular boys pick on. But Jon is friends with Chloe, a beautiful and popular girl who doesn't care what the other kids at school think about her friendship with Jon. They are close, and when one day Jon disappears on his way to school, Chloe's world goes ...more
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A connection lost, then found again. Providence, fate, the hand of God. Spontaneous nosebleeds, instant healing, imagined things becoming real.
I loved this author's You and Hidden Bodies. This one, not so much, although I suspect aficionados of all things Lovecraftian will dig on it. I have never read The Dunwich Horror and although I was more or less successful at cobbling things together from the context, the overall read pro ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was a massive fan of Caroline Kepnes' book YOU. It was intense, intriguing, captivating, and terrifying (in an "OMG am I rooting for this psychopath?" kinda way). I've yet to read Hidden Bodies, the sequel, but it's on my plan for this year. When I saw this new standalone from her on Netgalley, I had to request it. YOU was just so compelling that I knew this one would have to be awesome.