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Review: Providence

Providence Providence by Caroline Kepnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Take equal parts supernatural thriller love story police procedural and coming of age tale. Throw in a dash of vigilante justice for good measure. That is the best way to describe this book...which doesn't sound like this book should work at all. However, this book does work and it all the better for the hodgepodge of all genres.

After finishing this author's first novel, I decided to dive into this book while waiting for the sequel to You. I am happy to say that Catherine is not a one hit wonder and this book shows her prowess as an author. This book is completely different from the stalker tale that is in You and is a blend of the aforementioned genres. Another difference in this book is that it is told from the perspective of 3 protagonists. The characterization and plot are well detailed, intriguing, and easy to follow. Versus the singular inner monologue of Joe in You.

I definitely enjoyed this book, however what keeps it from being 5 stars are 2 main problems. First, I believe the book does drag at some points and some fat could have been trimmed. Some of the main questions are unanswered at the end of the book after hyping them up as major mysteries. However this could have been as a lead for a sequel but the nook made it seem like this is how it ended. nevertheless, I do recommend this book to anyone who likes any of the previously mentioned genre as a good twist on storytelling.

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