Fiction, Suspense/Thriller

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

“[ In a relationship] someone’s gotta be the iceberg and someone’s gotta be the sun.”

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Synopsis

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.

When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and find the answers to his new identity–but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected.

Review

It took me a while to find the right words for this review and yet it’s still hard to find it. Let me just go with how I felt when I finished this book. It was totally different from what I expected. To me this is more of a fantasy thriller and I was totally blind sided by that. Don’t get me wrong, upon discovering this, I was thrilled to actually get to the climax.

John and Chloe are a modern day of Romeo and Juliet. There’s just something that interferes from being together. And it’s not family I can assure you. I liked that concept but I still felt John’s issue was never really explained properly because I had trouble to understanding it.

I am also a bit disappointed with the ending. I wished more of an outcome of his issue and between him and Chloe. I’m sad to say I give this book 2 stars. It was a fast paced book, however, it wasn’t what I expected and it just left me feeling meh.

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