Published: September 30, 2014
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
Joe is the quintessential stalker who manipulates all things to ensure that he gets the girl of his current obsession and if he has to murder a few people along the way, so be it. He is so cool, calm and collected about the whole thing and I think that makes him even more evil. He lies, manipulates,stalks email and text messages, and keeps a collection of Beck’s underwear and other “things” in a hole in the wall of his apartment, which he covers with a tapestry. All is well until Beck discovers his hidey hole and Joe loses it and we know this is not the first time he has done this , nor will it be his last.
This is a great book, creepy and a bit too real, but you need to add it to your “to be read” list. I had the audio version and the narrator did a magnificent job of bringing psycho Joe to life!