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Providence 1

A Novel

by Caroline Kepnes

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/07/2018

5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
RRP  $32.99 $30.75

Stephen King for the Stranger Things generation: dark, twisted, hilarious and unmissable.

In 2008, 13-year-old Jon Bronson disappears on his morning walk to school. After even his parents give him up for dead, only his best friend, Chloe, remains certain that he would come back. Four years later, Jon returns with no memory of anything after the day he disappeared. But something’s different about him. His presence seems to cause spontaneous nose-bleeds in those around him. When he hugs his father, the older man passes out. The family dog disappears.

Jon’s only clue to his missing four years is the battered book left behind by the man he believes abducted him. And he and Chloe are determined to figure out what happened to Jon… before his presence does more than cause a couple of bloody noses. They’re sure they can solve the mystery and save Jon.

But this is a Caroline Kepnes novel. You know that the worst is yet to come.

With her trademark flair, precision eye for detail and acerbic wit, Caroline Kepnes will bring the suspense thriller to a whole new level with Providence – a story of loss, horror, redemption and the love that binds us all.

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Paperback / softback
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Simon & Schuster, Limited
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United Kingdom
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Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her first novel You was translated into nineteen languages, shortlisted for a CWA New Blood Award, and made into a TV series airing on Lifetime. Her second novel Hidden Bodies is a sequel that Booklist describes as "the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman." Her most recent novel is Providence. Caroline earned a BA in American Civilization at Brown University and worked as a pop culture journalist on Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven. She now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Compelling and gripping, this is a brilliant read.

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    Providence is the third novel by American author, Caroline Kepnes. A mad ex-professor abducts a young teenager and keeps him in a coma for four years before releasing him. It sounds like a fantastic plot, but in Kepnes’s hands, requires only a minimal suspension of disbelief to keep the reader avidly turning the pages.

    Jon Bronson is abducted on his way to school by substitute teacher, Roger Blair. Chloe Sayers has been Jon’s best (only) friend since they were eleven, but even she has no idea where he has gone. There are searches and vigils, and for some years, Chloe, a budding artist, updates his image, saves his favourite paper, remains faithful. Only close to graduation does she finally consent to start living again, to date a persistent Carrig Birkus.

    Jon wakes, four years later, no longer a scrawny teen, but a man, musclebound, healthy and hale. Blair has left a letter: Jon knows only that he has a “power”, but of what has been done to him, why, and what effect it will have, Jon is ignorant. His first encounter with Chloe tells him some of what he needs to know. They conduct a relationship of texts, calls and email. Then a classmate dies on Prom night, and Jon again disappears without a trace.

    Years later, in New York, Chloe’s art, inspired by Jon’s eyes, propels her to fame. In Providence, Detective Charles DeBenedictus (Eggs) is intrigued by a string of young, fit people dying of cardiac-related causes. And Jon, under multiple aliases, searches for Blair, hoping to undo whatever awful thing has been wrought upon him.

    Kepnes has a real talent for not just sketching characters, but portraying them in full, rich colour. These are characters that have appeal, for all their flaws and failings, and it’s difficult not to care about their fates. Kepnes tells a great story, and there’s a touch of Stephen King in there, so it’s no wonder the master storyteller has described her work as “hypnotic and totally original”: high praise indeed. Compelling and gripping, this is a brilliant read.