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Part Love Story, Part Supernatural Thriller And Completely Engrossing People From The Acclaimed Author Of You,now A Hit Netflix Series 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 Bestselling Author Of Luckiest Girl Alive Best Friends In Small Town New Hampshire, Jon And Chloe Share An Intense, Near Mystical Bond But Before Jon Can Declare His Love For His Soul Mate, He Is Kidnapped, And His Plans For A Normal Life Are Permanently Dashed Four Years Later, Jon Reappears 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 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 AnswersMeanwhile, In Providence, Rhode Island, Healthy College Students And Townies With No Connection To One Another Are 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 Shocking Whodunit He Never Could Have PredictedWith An Intense, Mesmerizing Voice, Caroline Kepnes Makes Keen And Powerful Observations About Human Connection And How Love And Identity Can Dangerously Blur TogetherMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE Providence Is A Novel That Doesn T Fit Into One Box It S Tender And Dark, Eerie And Cool, Heartbreaking But Also An Affirmation Of The Power Of Love Kepnes Perfectly Captures Each Character S Struggle And Pain In Such A Unique, Unconventional Way That Every Page Every Sentence Is A Delightful Surprise Sara Shepard, New York Times Bestselling Author Of Pretty Little Liars Caroline Kepnes Is Cool Right This Minute Providence Is Terrifically Conceived And Executed Kepnes Has An Exhilarating, Poppy, Unexpected Voice The New York Times Book ReviewAn Addictive Horror Tinged Romance That Ll Keep You Guessing Entertainment Weekly

10 thoughts on “Providence

  1. says:

    Le sigh. Maybe I ve just hit a reading slump, but it seems like my concerns going into this one ended up being valid for me after all I m very touch and go with the fantasy science fiction that I enjoy rarely do I read any type of urban fantasy and I typically only pick up the YA variety However, going in knowing that the main characters are younger in the beginning of the novel, I was willing to give this one a go I m going to chalk this up to a mismatch of reader and book the book wasn t bad, it just wasn t right for me Please don t pass it over simply because it wasn t my cup of tea I found myself mostly invested in the first part, right up until Jon disappears, but somehow became lost and tuned out after that It could be the fact that most of the Lovecraft references were lost on me I have yet to experience his work and have little to no knowledge of anything his fanbase would consider basic facts I also felt like, while this is being billed as a thriller, it was not This book much fits in the category of slow burning mystery full of character development The focus is much on the emotional healing and working out just how to recapture the intimacy lost in the aftermath of tragedy Just in case every other review written so far hasn t given this fact away, this is very different than previous Kepnes work If you are expecting anything remotely similar to You and Hidden Bodies, this one won t be enjoyable on it s own merit If, however, you sound intrigued based on the synopsis and enjoy a good paranormal, slow burning, character driven story, give this a try I received a review copy via the publisher

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    With Providence, Caroline Kepnes proves that she s not a one hit one character wonder There will certainly be those who dislike this novel based solely on the fact that it is not another Joe Goldberg story, but those people should be ignored Same goes for anyone who bitches about the supernatural aspect You can t please everyone all the time, and I m glad Kepnes branched out into weirdish territory Providence is terrific, from start to finish, and it just goes to show how versatile the author is, that she can write about an entirely new cast of characters and give them all unique voices while maintaining her own voice throughout.And that s something I kept coming back to, time and time again, as I was reading this outstanding book It has a unique sense of voice, and I ve come to believe that I could easily pick Kepnes s voice out of a stack of nameless writings Her prose has a certain readability you don t find in every book Kepnes writes with the seasoned conviction and confidence of a prolific author in the winter of their career Some authors take years to find their voice Caroline Kepnes found hers with her first book, which is commendable and impressive In its simplest form, Providence is a story of requited yet separated love There is no doubt that Chloe and Jon love each other The mystery is, will they ever be allowed to love each other like normal human beings Jon was kidnapped and changed when he was a young man, and Chloe has been the perpetual lover in waiting ever since he disappeared Their story is a great one, but they are not the characters who shined brightest for me That would be Eggs and Lo.Eggs or Eggie and Lo reminded me a lot of my wife and I, how she and I interact, and in other regards that are personal than I d care to share In Hidden Bodies, Kepnes showcased a love for her support characters that is rarely seen by giving everyone mentioned in the book a full and deep history Kepnes does the same here, and I believe the book would ve suffered greatly had she not included Eggs and Lo They are now, hands down, my favorite couple in all of literature The story hearkens back to a Lovecraft novel I ve not read, nor do I care to read it, even now that I ve read this book I love how Kepnes didn t make me feel as if I were missing something by having not read The Dunwich Horror and Other Stories Never did I feel out of touch with the source material, and in that way, Kepnes is as successful in her tribute as Victor LaValle was with The Ballad of Black Tom I m glad that such great authors are reimagining this bigot s work and making it their own But what I love the most is that they re doing it better than Lovecraft ever did, which is a subtle slap in the face to the old hatemonger Good on ya, Caroline.In summation Caroline Kepnes has become one of three authors whom I will buy on release day in every format ebook, audiobook, and hardcover, and even the eventual paperback The other two on that list are Stephen King and Kealan Patrick Burke I highly recommend everything she has written All the stars.Final Judgment Kepnes is better at Lovecraft than Lovecraft himself Disclaimer I was sent a physical review copy by Random House in exchange for the review you ve just read Many thanks to the author and publisher for making this happen.

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    When the newest book, Providence, by Caroline Kepnes became available, I excitedly requested and downloaded it on NetGalley Her first book, You, is one of my favorites, and her second, Hidden Bodies, was very strong I rushed through Providence this week turning the pages and watching a strange story unfold before my eyes There are many parts I enjoyed, a few I thought were just okay, and in the end would give it about 3.5 stars.Let s start out with a little bit about the story two teenagers are best friends in love with one another but unwilling to tell the other We see why they click and what is appealing in both Then Jon goes missing The book jumps several years later and Chloe is now dating the guy who picked on Jon when they were younger We have no idea what happened to Jon More time passes and we find out Jon was kidnapped by someone at their school, and when he wakes up, he s been in a medically induced coma for years He s physically matured and somehow developed a bit of a supernatural power This is where I got worried I m not a fantasy or sci fi reader, but I m trying to branch out, so this was a really great opportunity to check out another genre.I wasn t disappointed It was exactly what I thought it would be I love how the other worldly talents integrate into the story, but I had tons of questions like a two year old why, how, when, where, what yet I believe it s important as a reader to hold your own questions at bay and read with an open mind I never got the answers, but then again, you don t always get them in sci fi or fantasy from what I understand It just happens and you go with the fun aspects of something new or different That said, I found ways to enjoy the book for what it is A coming of age story where the main character is a bit older than normal because of everything he s gone through And you end up questioning what is right and wrong Is one bad or evil action able to be redeemed, or should someone suffer die because of it.Throughout the course of the 400 pages, Jon struggles to balance his love for Chloe and his inability to control the powers when he gets emotional It s a love story, a suspenseful drama, a mystery chase, and a bit of a reflection on life Kepnes is fond of and strong at, too developing characters with obsessions, social media frenzied anxiety, and over indulgence in human emotional needs I mean this in a positive way, too She gets right to the core of what makes some people tick or focus on the little details that sit within a person s mind all day long It helps pull you in to the story and the characters.Many readers will compare this to You, and if they aren t sci fi or fantasy genre buffs, they may struggle a little I am not familiar with HP Lovecraft s books, which are a central theme in this one Although Kepnes does a good job and explaining what you need to know, it would be better if you had read Lovecraft I hope readers will see this as something similar yet purposely different to both books, as it stands out as an interesting and quick read where you see a different slice of humanity and psychological rhythm Character development is spot on Plots are woven well Settings are very clear And there s a subtle page turning push you feel trying to understand where it s all going.For me, it s a good book I m glad I read it I d recommend it only to folks I think would be willing to cross all the different genres and go for a peculiar and crafty ride Thanks to NetGalley, Kepnes and her publisher for getting me an early copy.

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    Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestMy reactions while reading this book can basically be summed up in a single word Okay Okay Okay OkaySpoiler alert this book was not okay.Dear people who read this book and gave it five stars what the hell Did you get a different book than I did What is this so called brilliant homage that you read, because I got a really lame story about this boy in the friend zone who ends up obsessed with this manic pixie dream girl stereotype who s in love with the bad boy AND a story about this old man whose name is LITERALLY Eggs and his relationship with his passive aggressive wife as he struggles to rectify his cringe worthy resentment towards his severely disabled son and utter denial of his own health problems.Oh, and there s some supernatural stuff thrown in there and the book tries to pretend it s so meta but it s completely half assed Basically, this is a supernatural story the way McDonald s new Szechuan sauce is Chinese food.Also, let me assure you that I did not hate this book because it was not another YOU I get that authors don t want to write the same story over and over again and I don t just respect that, I love that Sometimes it pays off This didn t This was a major backslide If I didn t know better, I would have thought that this was Kepnes s debut effort, and not YOU, because it seems so much undeveloped and unpolished by comparison.Part of the reason that I loved YOU so much was the smart writing, the cutting insights on society, the smart pop culture references, and the chilling way that she made reality itself seem just as horrifying as the sociopathic main character in fact, I may have deactivated some of my own social media accounts after reading that book This book plodded It didn t really have much of a plot The characters were about what you d expect in one of those airport bookstore type novels aimed at middle aged women written by someone who knows nothing about women And the pop culture references were painful I think there were references to the movie, Big Eyes, and Colleen Hoover One of those references is already dated and the CH reference just felt like a Heyyyyy, buddy I m really disappointed by this book I don t want to say anything else because I don t want to spoil too much, but yeah, if you re expecting this to be on par with YOU, just save yourself the trouble right now and lower your expectations by about 200%.P.S It s not just me I buddy read this with my friend Heather, and I just checked out her review, and it looks like we were disappointed for roughly the same reasons I feel validated Thanks to Netgalley the publisher for the review copy 1.5 stars

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    Unite science fiction, missing person mystery, and love story and you have Providence, a novel by Caroline Kepnes.Jon, a middle schooler, vanished on his way to school Four years later, he reappears only now as a bigger, healthier, stronger specimen There are inexplicable consequences of Jon s missing four years.Chloe, Jon s best friend soul mate is pleased when Jon reappears but changes have also occurred in her life over the four years.The interactions of Jon and Chloe are the backbone of this novel They have a deep symbiotic relationship.Add in an aging police officer with issues, an ex boyfriend and the abducter and you have a story that keeps you guessing but always hoping for the best.I received a copy of this book from Netgalley This did not effect my review of this book netgalley providence

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    3.5 mishmash stars to Providence .5I 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 about it More on that later Jon and Chloe grow up as best friends in New Hampshire Their feelings for each other start to grow, but they never talk about it Just as Jon is about to confess how he feels, he is kidnapped by his teacher His teacher has an obsession for H.P Lovecraft, an author of horror pulp fiction, and by kidnapping Jon, the teacher is planning to save the world Chloe is left to mourn Jon and becomes an adult without him there to support her Jon finally escapes, but does so with an uncontrollable superpower, which can hurt the people he loves most Of course he runs away to protect Chloe from his power, but all the while, he is being tracked by a detective I was on board with Chloe and Jon s story Their relationship is sweet, they are likable characters, and I loved that theirs was a girl boy best friendship I found the H.P Lovecraft angle interesting because I did not know much about him or his writing, and at first I even enjoyed when Jon returned with his superpower I was a fan of the show Heroes when it first aired, and some of the inner turmoil that Jon experienced reminded me of that show Where the book lost me a little was when Jon left again to protect Chloe At that point, many things were going on, and the pacing slid for me Providence held much promise, and it did, in fact, hold my interest well, until that last section Overall, it was enjoyable and original I was expecting to adore it, and it was of an affinity Kepnes is an engaging and strong writer, and I will continue to look for her new releases I hope her next one will be another demented psychological thriller Thank you to Caroline Kepnes, Random House Ballantine, and Netgalley for the copy Providence will be published on June 19, 2018.My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com

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    4 Wild Stars Wow This book was nothing and I mean nothing like Caroline Kepnes s previous books this book was a mixture of young adult, crime fiction, the supernatural, and much It was a genre potpourri and it worked because the thing this had in common with Caroline s previous books is it was very well written with some interesting characters I just don t want you to enter this book thinking it is a dark demented twisted psychological thriller, it is far from that although there are some disturbing and demented parts.The book is told from multiple points of view including John and Chloe we met these two when they were still pretty young and I enjoyed the young adult aspect of this book John is kidnapped when he is young and comes back with a superpower of sorts now here is the part that I might not have appreciated as much as I could have because I know absolutely nothing about H.P Lovecraft so if you are better acquainted with him perhaps this part will resonate with you much than it did with me.Our third point of view came from Eggs A detective and that is not my autocorrect that is his actual name Eggs has some demons of his own and is consumed with a case of young healthy people dying from heartattacks he was an interesting character as well and I really liked the growth in him throughout the book how do all these characters tied together Well you re going to need to read the book to find out Recommend you read this book with an open mind, it is unlike anything you ve read before, guaranteed many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this most interesting book

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    Jon and Chloe are best friends who have grown up together in a small town in New Hampshire Jon is sort of an outcast and is bullied by his peers Chloe does not care when her friends ridicule her for sitting with Jon at lunch or for hanging out with him after school Both feel a connection to the other and feel as if he she has finally found someone who gets him her Then one day Jon is kidnapped and not seen or heard from in four years.Chloe has gone on with her life and makes attempts to fit in and be a normal teenager even though her best friends is missing Jon suddenly wakes up from a medically induced coma to learn he has been kidnapped by a substitute teacher who leaves him a note telling him that they did good work and you re welcome Jon realizes he has powers now and that people are not safe around him Jon decides to leave town but not before attracting the attention of a detective who becomes obsessed with a series of deaths that appear to be connected.I know a lot of people are really enjoying this book, but it was not for me We are not all going to like the same books, this is a book I had high hopes for, but just didn t enjoy There is a strong emphasis on H.P Lovecraft here and that is not a bad thing, possibly fans of Lovecraft will enjoy this book I believe a lot of the references were lost on me There are also some elements that just had me scratching my head I admit, I wanted to learn about his kidnapping and what occurred while he was kept in the basement Jon never learns the full truth and I guess that is why the reader never learns the truth either.This book started out good I was really enjoying it up until Jon decided to leave town for good That is where the book went downhill for me and I found myself losing interest in this book fast I knew that this book was going to be nothing like YOU and I was expecting that, but this book just failed to grab me I ll go so far as to say I was bored while reading this book I found myself skimming through parts that were just dragging on and on and on Sadly, this book was just not for me Thank you to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

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    Firstly, I need to mention how very different this book is to Ms Kepnes previous books You and Hidden Bodies So much so that I think peoples reactions to this are going to be all over the place Where do I stand I LOVED IT Where You and Hidden Bodies were dysfunctional putting it mildly love stories this is a of a classic love story There is never a doubt that Jon and Chloe are in love and what they will do or won t do to preserve that love Here s the thing.I don t do love stories I don t do romance However, sometimes a book just moves your soul and you can t help rooting for the characters Jon, Chloe, Eggs, Lo I loved all of you I wanted nothing than for your happiness There is a strong Lovecraftian theme in this story but I don t think you need to be a Lovecraft fan to enjoy this I ve read some of his short stories years and years ago so truly my knowledge of him is quite limited but still I had no problem following along to this I m also not one for supernatural elements but Kepnes made it work for me here Her writing is so evocative, so lovely.perfection I commend her for going in such a different direction and making it work Well done, indeed Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review

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    4.5 5 stars PROVIDENCE is a tale of love and heartbreak, literally and figuratively , infused throughout with a powerful longing for something that s just out of reach I LOVED IT Young Jon Bronson is stolen away from his life and his first love, Chloe He wakes up in a body he doesn t recognize because it s been 4 years since he was taken The only clue he has as to what happened is a copy of Lovecraft s THE DUNWICH HORROR which contains a short note to him inside He soon discovers this book is not the only reminder he has of his experience What is the other reminder Will Jon be able to resume his life at school, with his parents, with Chloe You ll have to read this to find out I m not going to lie, at first I was disappointed to discover this wasn t a book about Joe Goldberg Then when I heard this tale was somehow related to Lovecraft I was excited again Turns out, this tale is actually only tangentially related to Lovecraft, so those unfamiliar with his work need not worry It also turns out that Jon Bronson is a much better person than Joe Goldberg EVER could have been That is the fact that made this book so difficult to put down Look, I m the type of person that loves it when everybody dies at the end of a story The fact that I was rooting so hard for Jon surprised even me There is a whole other subplot going on here, involving Eggs, a police officer and Lo, his wife While the story of Jon and Chloe involves young love with than the normal obstacles in the way, Eggs and Lo showcase an entirely different tale of love the long term marriage kind the marriage facing major obstacles kind Somehow, Eggs and Lo sneaked in through the back door of the main plot and stole my heart I just wanted so badly for them to make it through All of this proves to me how powerful and capable of a writer Caroline Kepnes really is These are not my types of stories, YOU, HIDDEN BODIES and now PROVIDENCE I am not a romance reader, but somehow I became wholly invested in the fates of Jon and Chloe, of Eggs and Lo I hope that that all of their stories will captivate you as well If any of what I ve written sounds appealing to you, go and get this book and find out what happens Come seek me out when you re done and we ll shed our tears together.My highest recommendation Available June 19th everywhere, available for preorder now here I received an e ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest feedback This is it.