The Blonde Bookworm: Providence by Caroline Kepnes -- Review

Providence by Caroline Kepnes -- Review

Friday, March 1, 2019

Title: Providence 
Author: Caroline Kepnes 
Pages: 367
Publishing: June 19th 2018 by Lenny


A propulsive new thriller about the obsessive nature of love when an intensifying relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping.

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he's suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and "fit in" with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away. 

When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and find the answers to his new identity--but he's soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected. 

Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters' lives together in the most unexpected ways, 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.


Wow! This was definitely not what I was expecting but I loved it! Kepnes kept her typical suspenseful mood but added in a little science fiction intrigue which was really interesting. I loved the twist that the science fiction portion added and thought it really played into the story nicely. 

The characters were a lot of fun and I felt that their story was captivating and had me turning page after page without stopping for a pause. I love how Kepnes continues to write books that seem to be made for the screen and I really hope this one turns into a movie or show! All in all, it was a fun and entertaining read that I would highly recommend to readers who have loved other works from Kepnes. 

Rating 4/5 


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