Providence

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 Feb 2019

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Have you ever read a book that you couldn't put down, but you had no idea why? Do you love it? Is it just like a trainwreck you can't look away from? You can't stop thinking about it, but you aren't sure if it's because the story was amazing or you're unfulfilled? Well, that is exactly how I felt about Providence. I was conflicted in more ways than one, and I had no idea how to rate it for weeks. 

Thankfully, I finally settled on a 4. I'm still not sure if that's right, but upon reflection, I realized that I enjoyed the story a lot. Though the book was weird, it's one I feel will stick with me in ways...maybe for that reason. Idk. I'm still having trouble sorting out my feelings enough to write a complete review. All I know is I'm really glad I read it. Caroline Kepnes has me for good. Whether what she writes is about my man, Joe, or some strange scifi shit. 😂 

I adore her writing style, and I definitely think that contributed to my enjoyment of the novel. Honestly, I could probably be entertained by her shopping list. She is so fucking talented that it astounds me. Her writing style isn't the only thing that makes me a fan her work. Her brilliant storytelling blows me away in every book she writes. The characters are interesting and flawed, and her creative, dark, complex stories make my heart happy. 

That being said, this book definitely won't be for everyone. First, if you're looking for another book like You, you should just wait for the third book to come out. Second, this isn't really a thriller. It's scifi with some mystery and romance (but not of the romance novel variety if that makes sense.) The overall feel of the story is slightly dark and kind of melancholy, so if you don't appreciate those type of books, don't bother picking this one up. 

I don't want to spoil the ending, but I know some people need a happy one to be satisfied. This ending isn't 100 percent happy, but it isn't completely sad either. There are some good parts, and there's a clear sliver of hope there too. It's actually why I wish the author would give us another book. I don't really think that will happen though, so I guess I will just have to be happy with what I got for now. Lol
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Very enjoyable book. Good mystery and was a real page turner! Looking forward to reading more by this author!
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I’m still not sure what I just read. This book made me long for the masterpiece that was You, but it seemed like i was reading a book by a completely different author. I felt like Kepnes was going for some sort of weird romance with a slight Stephen King like angle.
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Reading this novel was difficult for me. I really wanted to devour it all in a day but I just couldn't stay focused on it. There was some great plotlines but overall it didn't work for me.
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Kepnes writes characters that you love and loathe and plot lines that keep you guessing and racing to the end.
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I have discovered I am not a huge fan of Caroline Kepnes’s writing. The characters are just awful and I find I cannot relate to them at all. Even the dark and twisted ones should be a little endearing in some way. Didn’t enjoy this one much at all.
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A quick note: this book is VERY different from Kepnes' earlier novels, YOU and HIDDEN BODIES. Instead of delving into the minds of psychopaths, instead, Kepnes explores the difference between who we think we are and who we could be. 

Jon is awkward kid and Chloe is his only friend. When Jon is kidnapped and goes missing, Chloe desperately misses her friend and struggles to move on. When Jon suddenly returns, six years later, Chloe is so excited to have him back. Only Jon has a secret. Something horrible happened to him while he was gone—something he can't remember, but that makes him dangerous to be around. 

Told from the focal points of Chloe, Jon, and Eggs, a detective who is secretly investigating a series of heart attacks that he thinks may be more than that, this supernatural thriller is slower-paced than YOU, but offers much richer characters. And doesn't make you feel like you need to take a shower afterwards. 

Don't get me wrong, I really like YOU, but I think this work let Kepnes' writing shine a bit more and let her stretch the parameters of a thriller novel, much like she did with YOU, but in a different direction. It took me until I was about 30% into the novel to really get into, but then I couldn't put it down. The characters are complex and even more than the plot, I loved getting to know them and what drove their fears and insecurities. 

Once again, Kepnes has proved that she's a writer to watch.
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I read "You" when it first came out and it was dark and different.  I gave four stars for a unique premise.  This is good too, but the narrative felt a little too similar to the first book and the plot was a little too generic. I ended up skimming the second half because it just wasn't quite as engaging as I wanted it to be.  If you burn through thrillers it's good enough to add to your pile.
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This book is a hard one for me to review. I am a huge fan of Caroline Kepnes, and You is my favorite book of all time. So, as many others were, I was completely thrilled when i found out that she wrote another book. I jumped on NetGalley, and sure enough there it was. Ready for me to tear through those pages, and devour every word..... but it just didn't happen for me. I attempted to read the ebook 3-4 times, and couldn't get past the first quarter of the book. There's this scifi vibe to it, and its jumping back and forth in time.... and I just could not for the life of me get into it. 

Months after the release, I downloaded the audio book and was finally able to make it to the end of the book. All in all, I did like it enough to finish it, but I certainly wouldn't blindly recommend it, like  I do with the authors other books. This one isn't going to be for everyone. 

Thank you to NetGalley, as well as the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
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The only reason why I did not devour this book in one-sitting is because I was exhausted from waking up at 4am. I started this book late last night, fell asleep while reading it, left home late today because of it, and spent my prep time at school finishing it.

Caroline Kepnes creates unforgettable characters who stay in readers' mind long after the final page is turned. There is something about this book that feels as if Stephen King could have written it. 

Jon is the right amount of broken and noble. I would say that Chloe is stunted, but she isn't really, she just hasn't been able to develop her true potential because she carries around the guilt of not believing Jon would come back the first time he went away. As for Eggs, Kepnes should venture out onto detective novels because I would read more about him.
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A little odd but definitely still very fun and well written! I will absolutely be checking out past works from this author as well as anything new coming their way. Characters are expressive and solid and has a great small town vibe representation.
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There are not enough words to describe this amazing book. I am currently reading You by this author and fell in love with her writing style. This one was even better. I can't wait to devour anything and everything she puts out. Wow...just wow.
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First, I must profess my love for Kepnes other novels; she is a talented writer. And her other work I devoured. 

Providence was a long, drawn out read for me. I started, I stoped, I re-started, I stopped - it just didn’t captivate and hold my attention. It was like taking a ride on a water slide and the water turning off halfway through your ride. When you get to the end of the ride you are unsatisfied, left with a skin burn and a major wedgie thanks to the uncomfortable ride. With that said, I have to give this read 3 stars.
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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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There was so much hype about this book and the cover...I love it! However I could not keep up with the time jumps man! It was confusing and I could not stay focused. Truth be told, it took me a long time to finish this book. There were hints of a supernatural vibe which I'm not keen on. Maybe Kepnes's next book I'll like better :)
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Caroline Kepnes is one of my favorite authors, given my love for her books “You” and “Hidden Bodies.” Providence, however, strays from the types of characters and storyline used in her series previously mentioned. Perhaps that is why I had such difficulty sinking in. Perhaps because it is listed as a coming-of-age story, which I usually avoid. However, if you enjoy younger characters and a bit of the paranormal, then give this book a read. Kepnes is a talented voice, no matter the genre.
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DNF @ 10%

It is rather odd to me that I couldn't get into this story as I had really wanted to read it and thought I would love it. It was such a unique premise from an imaginative writer, but sadly it just wasn't for me. I couldn't get my attention to hold onto it and found myself placing it down many times. I took some time away from it, hoping it was a me thing in being in the wrong headspace for a story like this, but even now I'm still running into the same issues. I know many others will fully enjoy it and I wish I could've been one of those, but it's a story I'm going to have to let go of.
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After reading YOU, I wasn't sure what to expect from Carolyn Kepnes and knowing I was going into a Sci-Fi Thriller piqued my interest.  

I'm usually not one for a sci-fi story but the way Carolyn interweaves the details into her prose perfectly. Knowing this was not a continuation of the previous book, I went in with a fresh perspective wanting to get sucked into Jon and Chloe's adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!
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Intriguing, but unfulfilling. The secondary narratives drag on for far too long and with no definitive viewpoint. Jon is the only interesting character; powerful man child nee basement boy, but Providence has no closure it is just one continuous, tedious nightmare that Jon can't escape. Normally, the truth will set things free, but not here. Jon becomes trapped by unspoken truth. Providence is sad and not the thought-provoking kind either. In fact, you may question what was the point of it all? It's not even an irritant for wasted time - it's just an empty void.
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I absolutely loved You and Hidden Bodies so maybe Providence had an unfair disadvantage. I wanted Providence to offer the same page-turning twisted deliciousness that made me adore Kepnes's early work. Instead, I got weird sci-fi and a love story I didn't much care about.
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