Sunday, July 22, 2018

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

by Caroline Kepnes

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Just released: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Lenny
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Hardback: 384
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
I brung Pedro home for Thanksgiving break and tomorrow I have to bring him back to school. You're not supposed to say brung. You're supposed to say brought.

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed.

Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off... until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers that pose a grave threat to everyone he cares for. Afraid of hurting Chloe, Jon runs away, embarking on a journey for answers.

Meanwhile, in Providence, Rhode Island, healthy college students and townies with no connection to one another are suddenly, inexplicably dropping dead. A troubled detective prone to unexplainable hunches, Charles “Eggs” DeBenedictus suspects there’s a serial killer at work. But when he starts asking questions, Eggs is plunged into a whodunit worthy of his most outlandish obsessions.

In this dazzling new novel—and with an intense, mesmerizing voice—Caroline Kepnes makes keen and powerful observations about human connection and how love and identity can dangerously blur together.

Zombie sighting:
"… If Jon loved you, he would want you to be happy. You look like a zombie."
-chapter Chloe, page 63

My two-bits:

Mostly likeable characters however warped they may have been.

Got a tinge of H.P. Lovecraft horror throughout and many references to his works.

Found out Providence, Rhode Island is the place to be for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon as well as the NecronomiCon.


* part of BookSparks Reading Challenge, Summer (here)
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