For You and Only You (You, #4), a review by Shelley

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(YOU, #4)
Caroline Kepnes

Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 25h, 2023
448 Pages
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I really hate to do this but book four was so very disappointing. At almost 450 pages I found it much too long for what it was trying to say. It was also very repetitive and Joe has lost his lustre. It was simply the same old, same old but without the serial killer vibe and is more like a physiological drama.

The characters lacked depth and there was a lot of rambling and musing going on, so much internal dialogue that was really just Joe muttering nonsense about his book. It felt like there was nothing happening a lot of the time and I am so over Joe by this point. This go was such a slow burn but not in a good way. I had a really hard time getting into it.

To me, it seemed a bit formulaic but without the interesting characters from the previous three novels, which I loved. The characters in this one lacked any sense of personality and there was just so much talk and not enough of Joe doing. I feel this series is drawn out and the Wonder/Joe relationship was really childish at times with their back and forth.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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