Summary (from goodreads):
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
Edition Read: Hardback from local library
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As much as I hate spoilers, I'll give one.
Ignore the blurbs on the inside of the dust jacket (at least in the version shown above). Joe does not meet Beck and instantly decide she has to die. Instead, he thinks she is perfect for him and chooses to stalk her until he can make her his girlfriend. To be clear, this isn't a point in his favor. I just spent a good portion of the book confused because the inside of the cover said he was doing something he clearly wasn't.
This book is somehow charming, witty, and creepy all at once.
I even found myself sympathizing with Joe at certain points. It's still completely obvious he is in the wrong and something is not right about him, but the writing takes you to his feelings in the moment. It was a very weird feeling.
There are even funny moments. Not funny-haha, but nearly every time Joe thinks he is about to cash in something goes horribly wrong. I felt his frustration, but it was still funny.
Mostly, as per above, this book is creepy. I couldn't put it down, but it made my skin crawl most of the time.
Super creepy thriller that will have you turning the pages non-stop.
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