Book Review: Providence

Providenceby: Caroline Kepnes

Date Finished: August 16, 2018
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Lenny
Format: e-book

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of Providence from the publisher (Lenny books) and Netgalley.  All opinions expressed below are my own.

Growing up, Jon and Chloe are best friends, which people don't always understand.  Jon is dorky and weird - the kid that gets bullied and picked on.  Chloe is pretty and popular.  One day, when Jon is walking to school, he is kidnapped by a substitute teacher.  Years later, Jon escapes after being held in a medically induced coma.  The only problem is, people keep dying around him. 

Okay, I'll admit it - I wasn't a big fan of YOU by Caroline Kepnes.  I feel comfortable saying that because everyone is obsessed with the book.  Yes, it was different, but it just didn't mesh with me as a reader.  In spite of that, I was still interested in reading Providence.  I didn't know much of anything about the plot prior to starting the book. 

I really enjoyed the supernatural/science fiction aspects of this story.  I had never heard of H. P. Lovecraft, so this was a new and informative storyline for me.  While I wouldn't classify this as truly suspense or thriller, it definitely had a creepy vibe where you didn't quite know what would happen next.  I enjoyed the author's take on the themes of self imposed isolation which was explored differently in each character. 

Overall, I rate Providence 3.5 stars.  I liked this one, but didn't love it.  I'd definitely recommend it for fans of Kepnes' other works.


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