...a propulsive novel that’s part love story, part detective story, and part supernatural thriller that makes keen and powerful observations about human connection ... Caroline Kepnes made an indelible mark on the literary world with 2014’s You—a book that earned rave reviews ... She makes a much-anticipated return with Providence, which showcases the diversity of her storytelling talents ... Admittedly, there’s a lot going on within the narrative—but everything is anchored by heartfelt emotion, including the subtle supernatural flourishes ... Regardless of genre, it’s the inimitability of her voice, the depth of her characters, and the underlying sense of realism that will continue to speak to readers around the world.
While separated, Kepnes does an impressive job of still making the characters feel very much connected, all the while asking readers two very simple questions: How far would you go for love. . . and how far would you go to protect those you love? ... Now, through examining the lives of her new cast of characters, Kepnes offers up another intriguing and provocative storyline that continues to ask questions that’ll stay with readers long after finishing her novel ... Caroline Kepnes invokes a wide range of emotions with her strong prose and tantalizing descriptions.
Kepnes (Hidden Bodies, 2016, etc.) nails the tentative feelings that develop between kids from different middle school social strata ... Kepnes, whose previous novels deftly dealt with obsessive love, changes gears here and injects into this Beauty and the Beast–like story a deeper allegory about how far we’ll go to protect the things we love the most.
With heart, insight and a keen eye on human frailty, Caroline Kepnes whisks us on a journey through New England and crashes these characters' lives together in the most unexpected ways, exploring the complex relationship between the powerful and the powerless, love and identity, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.
Kepnes’ work is original and easy to read reminds readers of what keeps us human ... An original cross-genre piece of fiction ... The tone of writing is rather informal and easy to follow and the plot is such that an average reader can finish the book in one sitting ... this is an intriguing piece of fiction and a great summer read.
Providence was nothing like I expected, in all the bad ways. The one thing about this book that stands out though, is the amazing writing ... The first thing you should know going into this book is that this is a paranormal thriller. I don’t do well with stories that have that thrown in like that ... It was all very predictable, there was no big mystery to unravel. All the cards were laid out pretty early on and then we just went through the motions to see how things would turn up ... I’m sad to say this was a miss for me.