PROVIDENCE BY CAROLINE KEPNES - BOOK REVIEW

When I read Kepnes' debut novel, You, I wasn't really sure if I loved it because of the writing style or the storyline - so I was a little nervous to pick up her latest. I wasn't sure if it would live up to Kepnes' previous novels. And I have to say, it was very different but equally phenomenal.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Providence by Caroline Kepnes. Thanks so much to BookSparks for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always all opinions are my own.


I really don't want to say too much about the plot of this book because there is a lot going on and I think it is better to just immerse yourself in the story. However, the basic premise is the friendship between Chloe and outcast Jon. Their relationship is strange to outsiders but unique to them. And when Jon is kidnapped by an ex-substitute teacher on his way to school one day, Chloe is beside herself. This novel takes place over a time span of about a decade - starting with Chloe and Jon in middle school, through high school and into their twenties.

Firstly, the premise of this story is super unique. When Jon finally escapes, he finds he has powers that could prove deadly to those who he cares about. We get bits and pieces of what this power really is but there is still an air of mystery to what is really going on and if Jon can 'fix' himself. I'm not really sure if you could call this magical realism or sci-fi but whatever it is, I really enjoyed the ~super-hero~ vibe.

As with her other books, Kepnes can really draw you into the story with her writing. I was so engrossed in the story, I didn't want to stop reading - which was really great because it's been a long time since I read a book that was that good. Even as I was reading it, I found that there was so much happening on every page. The story never felt like it dragged, but each chapter felt - full - if that makes any sense. Kepnes brilliantly covers the entirety of the character's lives without weighing down the rest of the story.

If you are looking for another YOU, you may not love this book. It's very different from your typical thriller - but it is still brilliantly organized and crafted. Kepnes's writing style shines through regardless of the plot of the story so while this is a different story, it is still phenomenal.

Overall, I'm still trying to wrap my head around this book and all the hidden messages throughout it. I don't know that I fully understand what happened with Jon, but I think, for now, I'm okay with that.