There is a supernatural element in this story, which is not usually my jam, but Caroline Kepnes’s writing style, which makes you feel as though the characters are talking to you and you know them, kept me reading. I still was not crazy about the supernatural element, but it definitely added a layer of edge-of-your-seat what-will-happen to the book. The writing style and wondering what would happen between two people who clearly had a special connection, made this a really quick read for me.
Jon and Chloe are in high school, they have been best friends for a long time. Chloe is sort of popular, but Jon is a geek and he is bullied. Chloe has a crush on the guy who is bullying Jon, but she has feelings she doesn’t quite understand for Jon.
Then Jon is kidnapped by a weird substitute teacher who gives him special powers (supernatural element) and people or animals who come into contact with him sometimes die. He doesn’t understand it at first, but he knows that he loves Chloe and that he doesn’t want anything to happen to her.
Eggs is a detective who is trying to understand all of these unexplained deaths by heart attack of healthy people.
I really enjoyed the way this was written. I felt like I knew the characters and felt emotionally invested in what happened to them. I liked the references to pop culture and that the writing and story reminded me of how first love in high school felt. But, I found that there was a lot of subplots and too much going on that it was difficult for me to follow at times.
I hate to give a book a bad review, especially when I LOVED both You and thought Hidden Bodies was very good, but this was just not my jam.