Thursday, June 14, 2018

Review: Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Blurb from Goodreads:
From the acclaimed author of YOU comes a novel that is part love story, part detective story, and part supernatural thriller.

     Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other and their intense connection. But just when Jon is ready to confess the depth of his feelings, he's kidnapped by his substitute teacher, a discredited scientist who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity. 
     After four years in captivity, Jon finally escapes, only to discover that he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to Providence to protect Chloe while he searches for answers. Across town from Jon, Detective Charles "Eggs" DeBenedictus is fascinated by a series of strange deaths--young, healthy people whose hearts just . . . stop. Convinced these deaths are a series of connected, vigilante killings, he jeopardizes his job and already strained marriage to uncover the truth. 
     With heart, insight, and a keen eye on human frailty, Kepnes whisks us on a journey through New England and crashes these characters' lives together in the most unexpected ways, exploring the complex relationship between the powerful and the powerless, love and identity, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two. 
My Review:
Providence has always been one of my favorite words so I was certainly intrigued to read this one, not only because of the title but also the author.  And I can say that this book was . . . interesting.  I just ultimately felt that there were more questions than answers.  Don't get me wrong, I am not someone who needs every question answered or every thread sewn up in a book.  I prefer there to be openings and things not resolved but I felt like here, science was used to try and explain some major plot points but without actually getting into the science of it.  It felt a bit like betrayal.  That being said, I liked the characters and the language and the idea of this, even if I liked all of those things more than actually reading this book.

Providence comes out next week on June 19, 2018, and you can purchase HERE.  
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  1. Bummer to hear it wasn't all you expected! I still want to read this author's first two books. I thought about this one but I'd rather read what I have before diving into the new stuff. Lol. Glad you were still able to enjoy it somewhat if not totally. Nice review!

  2. I am just starting this one. Have seen so many mixed things! Glad it wasn't a complete let down.

  3. I just finished and did my review as well, it certainly was interesting, but I don't think it was smashing, unfortunately!!


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