Providence by Caroline Kepnes


A propulsive new thriller about the obsessive nature of love when an intensifying relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping.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 teach...

Details Providence

Release DateJun 19th, 2018
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Providence

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Le sigh. Maybe I’ve just hit a reading slump, but it seems like my concerns going into this one ended up being valid (for me) after all. I’m very touch and go with the fantasy/science fiction that I enjoy; rarely do I read any type of urban fantasy and I typically only pick up the YA variety. However, going in knowing that the main characters are younger in the beginning of the novel, I was willing to give this one a go. I’m going to chalk ...
  • Edward Lorn
    With Providence, Caroline Kepnes proves that she's not a one-hit (one-character?) wonder. There will certainly be those who dislike this novel based solely on the fact that it is not another Joe Goldberg story, but those people should be ignored. Same goes for anyone who bitches about the supernatural aspect. You can't please everyone all the time, and I'm glad Kepnes branched out into weirdish territory. Providence is terrific, from start to fin...
  • James
    When the newest book, Providence, by Caroline Kepnes became available, I excitedly requested and downloaded it on NetGalley. Her first book, You, is one of my favorites, and her second, Hidden Bodies, was very strong. I rushed through Providence this week turning the pages and watching a strange story unfold before my eyes. There are many parts I enjoyed, a few I thought were just okay, and in the end would give it about 3.5 stars.Let's start out...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    3.5 mishmash stars to Providence! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5I listened to Caroline Kepnes’ YOU on audio this exact same time two years ago. THAT was an experience, and if you enjoy audios and don’t mind disturbing content, it’s the best audio I know. When I saw Kepnes had a new thriller releasing under the new imprint Lenny (by Lena Dunham), I jumped at the chance to read Providence. Providence is a mishmash of genres- thriller, paranormal, urban fantas...
  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    4 Wild Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Wow! This book was nothing and I mean nothing like Caroline Kepnes’s previous books.... this book was a mixture of young adult, crime fiction, the supernatural, and much more! It was a genre potpourri... and it worked... because the thing this had in common with Caroline’s previous books is it was very well written with some interesting characters.... I just don’t want you to enter this book thinking it is a da...
  • Debra
    Jon and Chloe are best friends who have grown up together in a small town in New Hampshire. Jon is sort of an outcast and is bullied by his peers. Chloe does not care when her friends ridicule her for sitting with Jon at lunch or for hanging out with him after school. Both feel a connection to the other and feel as if he/she has finally found someone who "gets" him/her. Then one day Jon is kidnapped and not seen or heard from in four years.Chloe ...
  • Tammy
    To be published by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s imprint Lenny, Providence is a book targeted at millennials. I am not a millennial and quite far from it. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of You (Kepnes first book) I thought a different publisher, a different editor and a departure from form would make for a different reading experience. It is that but it isn’t for me. Heavily reliant upon Lovecraft, which I haven’t read since high school, t...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestMy reactions while reading this book can basically be summed up in a single word: Okay! Okay. Okay? Okay...Spoiler alert: this book was not okay.Dear people who read this book and gave it five stars - what the hell? Did you get a different book than I did? What is this so-called brilliant homage that you read, because I got a really lame story about this boy in the friend-zone who ends up obs...
  • Michelle
    Firstly, I need to mention how very different this book is to Ms. Kepnes' previous books You and Hidden Bodies. So much so that I think peoples reactions to this are going to be all over the place. Where do I stand? I LOVED IT!!!! Where You and Hidden Bodies were dysfunctional (putting it mildly) love stories this is a more of a classic love story. There is never a doubt that Jon and Chloe are in love and what they will do or won't do to preserve...
  • Carrie
    Anyone who has followed my reviews may have heard me mention Caroline Kepnes first book YOU and how much I loved that story so of course I was going to grab anything else that she had written. Picking up Providence I was well aware that it was nothing like YOU and that was perfectly fine with me as I don’t want to read the same story over and over again and love mixing things up and branching out. However, after reading Providence I can’t lie...
  • Char
    4.5/5 stars!PROVIDENCE is a tale of love and heartbreak, (literally and figuratively), infused throughout with a powerful longing for something that's just out of reach. I. LOVED. IT. !!Young Jon Bronson is stolen away from his life and his first love, Chloe. He wakes up in a body he doesn't recognize because it's been 4 years since he was taken. The only clue he has as to what happened is a copy of Lovecraft's THE DUNWICH HORROR which contains a...
  • Dan Schwent
    When Jon Bronson disappears on the way to school one day, he leaves his best friend Chloe wondering what happened to him. Four years later, he wakes up in a basement, jacked up and with no memory of the past four years, only a copy of The Dunwich Horror with some notes written inside. Will Jon and Chloe be able to pick up where they left off?This was a Netgalley pick. Edward Lorn and some other trusted reviewers have sung the praises of Caroline ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: many thoughts. Please bear with me . . . . The basics of Providence is that it is about a boy who disappeared and returned four years later . . . different than he was before. It becomes his mission over the years to “fix” himself of this change in order to be with the girl he has always loved. In addition to that story is one that runs parallel about a detective trying to figur...
  • Zoeytron
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.JonChloeA connection lost, then found again.  Providence, fate, the hand of God.  Spontaneous nosebleeds, instant healing, imagined things becoming real.  I loved this author's You and Hidden Bodies.  This one, not so much, although I suspect aficionados of all things Lovecraftian will dig on it.  I have never read The Dunwich Horror and although I was more or less successful at cobb...
  • Jenny
    Unite science fiction, missing person mystery, and love story and you have Providence, a novel by Caroline Kepnes.Jon, a middle schooler, vanished on his way to school. Four years later, he reappears only now as a bigger, healthier, stronger specimen. There are inexplicable consequences of Jon’s missing four years.Chloe, Jon’s best friend/soul mate is pleased when Jon reappears but changes have also occurred in her life over the four years.Th...
  • Steven
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.I was a massive fan of Caroline Kepnes' book YOU. It was intense, intriguing, captivating, and terrifying (in an "OMG am I rooting for this psychopath?" kinda way). I've yet to read Hidden Bodies, the sequel, but it's on my plan for this year. When I saw this new standalone from her on Netgalley, I had to request it. YOU was just so compelling that...
  • Jennifer
    There is a lot going on in this book, and I really, really wish the author Caroline Kepnes had an interview already released somewhere that reveals her inspiration or intended message. Is this a reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft's short story: The Dunwich Horror? It is the creation of a character meant to reflect H.P. Lovecraft's own personal demons? Or is it simply an involved thriller that originated from the very imaginative mind of its author? Ve...
  • Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch
    Just Another Book Bitch's ALWAYS SPOILER FREE REVIEW Caroline Kepnes is one of the best wordsmiths of our generation. Plain and simple. This highly intelligent suspenseful read is nothing short of breathtaking... You may or may not have read You. (*whispers if you haven't YOU have to!!!) If you have, trust me when I say Kepnes blew it out of the water with Providence. I'm still left hypnotized by her words. The beauty, the pain, the human insight...
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Cranky Crone of Rabid Hedgehogs and Fire Breathing Kittens ⚔
    A big thank you to Random House/Lenny Books and Netgalley for providing the eARC.Review also found at:https://dustoffyourmachalo.wordpress....How do I begin? If you’re one of those great reviewers, you are supposed to use meaningful quotes, take notes, and provide a witty, entertaining recap. I’m an emotional reader. I don’t have time for notes, and I’m a crappy writer. So what you often get with my reviews is random stream of consciousne...
  • Julie
    Read this review on Julie's BookshelfMy, oh my is Caroline Kepnes a unique creature... she needs to be in a genre of her own! Although I’m a romantic, I don’t typically read love stories. Although I’m a fan of shows such as Stranger Things and X-Files, I tend to stray away from novels in the fantasy genre as well. But, I’m seriously convinced I would read anything created from the mind of Caroline Kepnes. This is unlike the YOU series so ...
  • Gabby
    What the fuck is this book? This book was my most anticipated book of the year, because You is one of my favorite books of all time. I read this books description and I thought it sounded so cool and I couldn't wait to read it and now I'm just like..... what??? This book was strange. Probably one of the strangest books I've ever read. This book was trying to be so many things at once and failing at all of them. This was part mystery, part romance...
  • Kealan Burke
    In YOU and HIDDEN BODIES, the love was toxic. In PROVIDENCE, it’s sweeter, purer, but no less dangerous. My favorite of Kepnes’ books so far, PROVIDENCE is a real heart-stopper.
  • Bark
    Oh, this book. How on earth does one review such a unique book without ruining the experience for others? This is one of those books that you should experience going in nearly cold.Strangely enough this book takes place in a town five minutes from my home. Me, being me, was reading every Nashua reference with a squinty eye looking for a nit to pick but I didn’t find anything to bitch about. Nashua is not a very exciting place, if you ask me, an...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5I was a little apprehensive going into Providence because of all the less than stellar reviews out there. Not that I wouldn't read it since it is written by one of my favorite's Caroline Kepnes, but I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Well I'm very glad to have gotten a chance to read this book because I really enjoyed it. Providence is about Jon who gets kidnapped only to return 4 years later a completely changed person. He now h...
  • Carlene Inspired
    Available Now: AmazonThere is no other way for me to describe this book other than heavy. At times it seems there is no real purpose to this book, there's no glowing happily ever after promised, but as you get into the minds of Jon, Chloe, and Eggs we begin to understand how obsession can take over your life. The teacher was obsessed with a book and a crazy idea, Jon is obsessed with finding a way to be with Chloe and around others, Chloe is obse...
  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    I GOT APPROVEDREVIEWBuddy-read with the fabulous Nenia!I guess I went into this expecting another YOU. Not exactly, but just something as good and dense and witty.I did not get that. Everything that made YOU good was either absent or half-hearted in PROVIDENCE: the writing was not clever, the pop culture references were clumsy, and the observations weren't snappy. The characters were unlikable, and not in a fun way. I never believed in their rela...
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, for providing a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. When Jon Bronson disappears without a trace at the age of 13, no one really misses him. No one, that is, except his best friend Chloe, and his parents. Four years later, Jon returns but he is a very different man from the one who was taken. Jon has no memory of the time he spent with his abductor, and only a used paperback ...
  • Kendall
    So.. my goodness there is a lot going on in Providence. I wish that the author would have had a message etc that reveals her message or inspiration for this one.I'm not into sci-fi/fantasy genres and felt that this was a tad bit towards that direction. So.. H.P Lovecraft's book is a strong theme in this one... which is totally fine but I'm not familiar with this at all. I feel like those that enjoyed Lovecraft will enjoy this one :). There are so...
  • Mindi
    I did not want to put this book down. I was immediately drawn in, and so in love with the characters and their stories. Providence is another amazing novel from a writer who is quickly becoming one of my favorites.Jon Bronson is the kid that the popular boys pick on. But Jon is friends with Chloe, a beautiful and popular girl who doesn't care what the other kids at school think about her friendship with Jon. They are close, and when one day Jon d...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    ** hides from lynch mob **2.5 stars rounded up. As much as it absolutely kills me to say, this just didn’t do it for me. And honestly, was it The Curse of Beloved Joe Goldberg that was the cause? Maybe. But, not in the way you might think! You and Hidden Bodies were wow books for me, so that instantly propelled Kepnes to my must read list, so I was extremely excited for this book, even though it was not more Joe. So maybe some of the reason I d...