Review: Providence by Caroline Kepnes

 

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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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I knew nothing about this book besides the fact that it was a thriller/mystery and to be honest, that was enough to make me excited about reading it. I’ve really been into thriller/mystery/cold cases lately and I was looking forward to getting sucked into the mystery and wanting to know more about what happens in the story and reading a surprising ending… but sadly it didn’t fulfill my expectations and here’s why.

When I started reading the book I fell in love with Jon, he was so cute, caring and sweet. I was very sad when he was taken and I just wanted him to be okay. Then we met Chloe, I liked her at the beginning and then, for me, she turned into someone she wasn’t and I didn’t like that. Although the characters were nice and perfect for this story it just wasn’t enough for me.

There are a couple jumps in time and I really didn’t like that because as soon as I was getting the hang of things the story jumped four years and all of a sudden I started reading something completely different with new characters. You are not slowly eased into it, you’re just pushed into something and you’re trying to get the hang of this new characters and their lives. I didn’t enjoy that at all.

The last thing that kept me from loving this book was the lack of excitement, it’s not a rollercoaster of emotions, you’re not at the edge of your seat wanting to know what’s next, there’s no big climax, it’s all just… happening. For me the ending was just a “well, okay” moment. I found it a little monotone.

I will say it’s not a bad book, it just wasn’t for me. After noticing a few reviews I know it’s a book that you either love or hate, there are almost no in-betweens. For me hate is a very big word so I won’t say I hated it, I just didn’t love it yet I do think it’s worth a shot.

 

Massive thanks to Lenny Books/Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

 

3 / 5 flowers

 

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