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2023 is going to be a busy year if you love the Joe Goldberg series by Caroline Kepnes and/or the You series on Netflix! You is set to return to Netflix this winter with a season that is split up in to two separate parts, so expect some cliffhangers. Part one is set to premiere on February 9th and part two on March 9th. If you’re afraid you’ll binge the new episodes too quickly, check out some of these books that are perfect if you love Caroline Kepnes and Joe Goldberg!
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Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurlan
Chloe appears to be a typical college freshman—but looks can be deceiving. She spends her spare time taking yogalates, going to frat parties, and …participating in a study for psychopaths. Enrolled in her college as part of a group of psychopaths closely monitored by a device, as well as her psychology professor, she can’t get into any trouble, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. When one of her fellow group members is found murdered, Chloe’s savage side flares up and things escalate quickly. As the students start to spiral, Chloe has to choose between trusting her instincts, or taking a gamble on her classmates.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
When Mia gets stood up by the guy she’s been dating, she decides to have a little fun with a seemingly harmless stranger. Colin Thatcher appeared to be the perfect candidate for a one-night stand, but she had never been more wrong about anything in her life. In the blink of an eye, Mia vanished and has been kidnapped by Colin, stashed away in a cabin in the middle-of-nowhere Minnesota. As Mia’s mom and detective Hoffman work tirelessly to find her, deep dark family secrets start to bubble to the surface along the way. With terrifying twists and turns, this page turner will leave you on the edge of your seat.
The Housekeeper by Natalie Barelli
Some wounds never heal, and when Claire spots Hannah for the first time in years, she is reminded of just how sharp that knife was that stabbed her in the back. Even though a decade has passed, Claire has been tortured by the life that Hannah stole from her. As Hannah lives the charmed life with a doting husband along with an excess flow of cash, Claire has let herself go, turning into someone unrecognizable. Ironically, that works in her favor when she accepts a job as Hannah’s housekeeper to plot the perfect revenge. But when hidden secrets start to surface, Claire is the one in for a surprise.
Almost Love by Louise O’Neill
Sarah is head-over-heels in love with Matthew. In fact, some say she is borderline obsessed with him. With Matthew being twenty years her senior and never taking her out in public, her infatuation with this relationship is starting to worry her friends. Her father is equally concerned and feels like she’s being used. On top of that, she’s given up everything to be with him and is even at risk of losing her job. Even with all the waving red flags, Sarah just can’t help herself. There is nothing she won’t do to keep Matthew interested, even if that means walking away from everyone else in her life.
For You and Only You by Caroline Kepnes
Book four in the Joe Goldberg series releases on April 25th. This time around, an acclaimed author invites Joe to join a writing fellowship at Harvard. At the fellowship, Joe meets Wonder Parish and the two immediately recognize how much they have in common, especially compared to the others in the program. As we know with Joe, he immediately starts to picture himself and Wonder being soulmates…
The Class Reunion by N.L. Hinkens
Heather is a successful PI living in Los Angeles, far away from where she grew up in Iowa. She hasn’t been home in over ten years, but made a snap decision to attend her class reunion. Just as she and her old gal pals begin to reminisce over dinner, a surprise flower delivery shows up at their table. Although taken off guard by the cryptic message, “you deserve to die,” they pass it off as some sort of sick joke. But when each of the ladies starts to have near-death experiences, they confide in Heather and ask for her professional help. What they don’t know is that Heather is holding back a sinister secret of her own.
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The Girl They Took by Leslie Wolfe
FBI agent Tess Winnett is facing one of the most mysterious cases to date. In a crowded theater full of people during a children’s play, eight-year-old Paige disappears without a trace. Not one person recalls seeing anything suspicious, which only makes the situation direr as the clock ticks. While investigating, a lead comes in that Paige’s father, the state district attorney, is behind the kidnapping. With each moment that passes, pressure from people wanting answers, combined with leads coming in that point to an organized crime, Tess has to act quickly before Paige is gone for good.
Devotion by Madeline Stevens
Ella is just trying to survive in New York, sipping on cheap coffee and going on dates just to get a free dinner. Out of nowhere, her luck changes when power couple James and Lonnie ask her to be their nanny. From rags to riches, Ella is now living the good life in a beautiful brownstone. As Ella’s affection for her new life grows, so does her desire to get to get close to Lonnie. Other than their age, the ladies really have nothing else in common, but Ella’s infatuation starts to spiral out of control. This tangled tale of privilege versus poverty will take the reader through blurred lines of friendship, obsession, and desire.
The Secret Talker by Geling Yan
Glen is the ideal American husband: he’s caring, smart, and does well financially. His Chinese wife Hongmei is beautiful, yet passive, and they’ve reached a crossroads in their relationship. Lately, their communication has consisted of sticky notes on the refrigerator, with very little conversation. So, when Hongmei receives an email from a mystery admirer, she feels compelled to write back, which leads to a steamy emotional affair. As they become closer, dark secrets start to emerge, sending Hongmei into a state of desperation. As she searches for answers, she can feel her marriage crumble underneath her.
The Mother-in-Law by Kiersten Modglin
Loren is sure that she has found the man of her dreams. Not only is Jack a devoted husband, but he’s also a doting father to daughter. As the newlyweds start to figure out their future together, plans quickly get derailed when they receive news that Jack’s father has passed away. To help ease the burden on Jack’s mother, they invite Coralee to stay with them for a bit. Shortly after she arrives, Coralee begins to wreak havoc on their relationship, causing the honeymoon phase to end before it even had a chance to begin. Loren is determined to get rid of this houseguest…but what else will she lose along the way?
You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes
Joe has had enough of the big city life. In an effort to start over with a clean slate, he decides to relocate to the Pacific Northwest where he can truly begin again. Landing a job at the local library is just what he needs to stay out of trouble…temporarily. As soon as he sets his sights on librarian Mary Kay DiMarco, it’s all over. He knows she’s the one for him; all he has to do is convince her. However, as a busy working mother, dating Joe is not on her agenda. Joe’s patience starts to wear thin because he just knows that they are meant to be, and he won’t give up until she gives in.
The Secrets You Keep by Kate White
Although Bryn has recently survived a severe car accident, she is still plagued by sleepless nights filled with horrifying nightmares. Beyond just the disturbing dreams, she can’t help but feel that these visions are trying to tell her something. As she tries to move forward, she takes two steps back when she her husband’s behavior shifts from supportive to ambiguous. Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, a woman in their small circle is murdered. Something sinister is going on and Bryn is determined to get to the bottom of it, no matter how dangerous it is.
A Friend Like That by Marissa Finch
Not quite ready to face reality, Alice spends her days drinking at a low-key pub in Manhattan. She’s just been fired from her job at the Grant Hotel and hasn’t been ready to talk about it—until Taylor walks into the bar. The two become fast friends, and Alice confides in her that reason she was terminated was due to an assault from a wealthy hotel guest named Weston Charles. When Taylor suggests that they kill him, Alice is confident that she’s joking. But when he ends up dead and Taylor goes missing, Alice is named the prime suspect. Frantic and afraid, she must find Taylor before her fate is sealed.
The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto
On the outside, Delilah looks sweet and innocent, but things aren’t always what they seem. Logan thinks he knows everything about her…and why wouldn’t he? With the secret camera he installed to watch her every move along with relentlessly trolling her social media, he’s always one step ahead of her. But when Logan captures Delilah commit murder on camera, the game changes. Delilah finally feels free that she got rid of her abusive stepfather once and for all, but Logan just can’t let it go. This picture-perfect vision of Delilah has been shattered and what comes next will leave the reader shook.
The Third Nanny by Michele Pariza Wacek
The last time Janey heard from her sister Kelly was eight years ago, right before she ran away. After all this time, Janey had given up hope on finding her sister until she received a troublesome letter from her in the mail. However, when Janey tried to contact her, she vanished once again. Determined to get some answers, Janey decides to get a nannying job working for the same family Kelly had worked for in Redemption, Wisconsin. As she starts to uncover clues, she realizes that dangerous secrets are haunting the house and becomes fearful that she might not make it back home alive.
One Step Behind by Lauren North
Jenna spends her days at the hospital working as a successful doctor and her nights at home caring for her family. Her life is almost perfect, except that she has a stalker that leaves unwanted surprises outside of her door and is always lurking around the neighborhood. When her home gets broken into, she calls the police, only to be disappointed in their inability to help. She feels powerless until she ends up being the one to treat him after he’s been in a tragic accident. While he’s in a coma, the tables turn, and Jenna becomes obsessed with his life. When the prey becomes the hunter, anything can happen.
The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams
Ivy Hill has been plagued all of her adult life with traumatic memories from her childhood. Finding it hard to function in day-to-day life, she gets a glimmer of hope when the name of the woman who destroyed her family is revealed. Her name is Lola, and she has it all – looks, money and a gorgeous husband. Hungry for revenge, Ivy finds ways to insert herself into Lola’s inner circle, to eventually make her pay for what she did. But when her plan to seduce Lola’s husband spirals out of control, she realizes that she might be the one that ends up paying the ultimate price.
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The Vacation by M.M. Chouinard
Thanksgiving is a time for family and gratitude, but this group has brought more than just physical baggage on this trip. Brandon is riddled with guilt for cheating on his wife Rose, and he’s turned to drinking as a way to cope. Meanwhile, the scenery is reminding Rose of her childhood, which sends chills up her spine. In the background, Rose’s sister-in-law is enamored with her niece, heartbroken that she hasn’t been able to have a child of her own. So, when three-year-old Lily vanishes, the finger-pointing begins. One of them took her, and someone will have to confess before things take an even darker turn.
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You Can Run by Karen Cleveland
When CIA analyst Jill Bailey gets a phone call that someone has taken her son, she will obviously do anything to get him back. Desperate and panicked, she knows that time is of the essence when it comes to kidnapping. With hard-hitting journalist Alex Charles investigating, an anonymous tip comes in that has the potential of revealing so much more than the location of Jill’s precious boy. As Alex and Jill work together to find her son and uncover hidden truths, an unthinkable secret slips, revealing an underground conspiracy that will crack the case wide open and make them question everything.
Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon
One night in December, Autumn’s twin sister takes a walk to the roof of their brownstone and never comes back. To add to the mystery, the roof door is locked and there’s only one set of footprints in the snow. With no apparent explanation, the police let the case grow cold. Autumn decides to take matters into her own hands, knowing that her sister deserves to be treated as more than just another missing Black woman. With the help of her community, she starts to realize that many others have faced similar situations, which makes her even more determined to find out what happened to Summer.
Creep by Jennifer Hillier
Sheila is a psychology professor in Seattle who is in a relationship with her soulmate and appears to have the perfect life. But nothing is perfect. Sheila is a recovering sex addict, and no one knows. Sheila’s teaching assistant, Ethan Wolfe, is charming and younger than Sheila, but soon the two end up in a steamy affair. When Sheila’s boyfriend proposes, Sheila ends the affair with Ethan in an attempt to gain control of her life, but Ethan does not take the breakup well and soon, one of Sheila’s students is found dead.
Follow Me by Kathleen Barber
Social media influencer Audrey Miller just moved to Washington DC after receiving her dream job offer at the Smithsonian. With hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, what Audrey isn’t aware of is that her online stalker is about to begin stalking her in-person as someone obsessed with Audrey lives in the area. With Audrey even closer and more vulnerable, her stalker isn’t about to let this opportunity go by and won’t let anything or anyone get in his way.
The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose
Sarah Morgan is a powerful defense attorney who’s married to Adam Morgan, a struggling author who has yet to experience the same success. Adam is also escaping to the couple’s lake house, where he engages in an affair with Kelly Summers. When Kelly is found brutally murdered in their house, Sarah takes on her biggest challenge yet. She must defend her husband when he is accused of murdering his mistress.
Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier
Lyla and her husband Graham have a game they like to play, even though Graham sometimes gets a little too carried away. The rich couple invites others to live in their guesthouse and then crafts a plan to ruin their lives. Demi just took a huge risk when she found herself able to take over someone’s life and ends up the newest guest of Lyla and Graham. As the couple conspire with their wicked game, they are about to realize they’ve met their match as Demi is not about to go down without one hell of a fight.
They Never Learn by Layne Fargo
Not only is Scarlett Clark a brilliant English professor, she’s also a murderer. Every year, Scarlett chooses who she believes to be the worst man on campus and considers it practice for her biggest takedown yet. Unfortunately for Scarlett, the campus officials have begun an investigation into the alarmingly high body count on campus and Scarlett tries to get as close as she can to the woman in charge. Meanwhile, freshman Carly Schiller finds herself entangled in an intense friendship with her roommate, Allison. When Allison is sexually assaulted, Carly begins her plan of revenge, making sure Scarlett isn’t the only one on campus who wants to rid the school of bad men.
Look What You Made Me Do by Elaine Murphy
Sisters Carrie and Becca couldn’t be more opposite. While Carrie wishes she could have a normal, calm, and boring life, Becca is nothing but chaos. Now, Carrie is in the woods once again helping Becca bury a body…one of many in the past decade. Becca always has a reason for why she kills people and Carrie is always there to help her cover it up. When the police find thirteen other dead bodies in those woods, Becca swears they are not people she’s killed and soon enough, a second serial killer is in town and their target is none other than Carrie.
If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier
Sera’s guilty pleasure is listening to podcasts about true crime. She can’t help but be fascinated by all of the stories covering women who just disappear into thin air. Beyond that, she believes that her affinity for these stories is really trying to tell her something more, possibly even setting her up for something bigger. So, when the host of the show goes missing, Sera feels prepared to go looking for her. As she explores foreign territory, Sera soon learns that she’s in over her head and quickly finds herself as the subject of the next mystery. Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.
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