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Thanks to Random House for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
PROVIDENCE – Caroline Kepnes
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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
When starting PROVIDENCE by Caroline Kepnes, I would highly recommend going into it not expecting a straight-up thriller. This book is so hard to place in just one genre. There are mystery elements, part coming-of-age and part romance, there was a hint of sci-fi, and then some procedural elements as well – with plenty of Lovecraft references to go around. It sounds like a crazy mix but Kepnes perfectly pulls it off!
Jon and Chloe have been best friends since they can remember, but they have never been able to truly express the full extent of their feelings to each other. One day, Jon is kidnapped and their worlds are turned upside down. More questions arise after Jon manages to escape – what really happened to him?
I couldn’t believe how effortlessly Kepnes seemed to weave these characters together throughout the novel. We jump between alternating perspectives as Jon is trying to navigate through life now that he has escaped. “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.” This is from the synopsis, and I think that this perfectly sums up what you can expect to see in this novel.
This started out strong and kept me sucked in, there was a little bit of a change of pacing in the middle, but not enough to take me out of it. If you’re a fan of Lovecraft, then you’ll appreciate all of the references that are sprinkled throughout the book. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, then don’t let this deter you. I’ve seen from plenty other reviewers that really enjoyed this book without having any background on Lovecraft!
Overall, I really enjoyed this genre melding read. There’s no denying the incredible writing talent Caroline Kepnes has and I will definitely be looking for more from her in the future!
What do you think of the novels that meld together different genre elements?