#8 I See You

Quick update:

I feel out of the reading loop. I spent April and May in vacation planning panic mode.
I went to Paris and Rome for 2 weeks with two girlfriends and while it was amazing and everything I could have hoped for, the book I brought was totally ignored.
When I got home I spent two weeks feeling really blah and endlessly scrolling through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I finally said enough was enough and fell back into reading and buying too many books.

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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The description from Goodreads:
You do the same thing every day.
You know exactly where you’re going.
You’re not alone.
When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

I read I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh last year and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to I See You and it did not disappoint.

The pace of this book I found similar to I Let You Go, it’s definitely a slow burn. It starts off pleasant and easy then somewhere in the middle it picks up speed and you’re tuning the world out, frantically turning pages trying to figure it all out.

Clare Mackintosh does settings and characters well, the places felt quaint and familiar and the characters were well developed and likable (and equally unlikable). Dual POVs are sometimes tricky to navigate but they were seamless in this book.

There was a lot of moving pieces in I See You but in the end everything fit like a puzzle and made sense. I love a good whodunnit and didn’t anticipate the two major twists in the end, even when I was sure I figured it out.

I give this book 4.5 stars.

 

 

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#8

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

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The description from Goodreads:
On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, “I read I Let You Go in two sittings; it made me cry (at least twice), made me gasp out loud (once), and above all made me wish I’d written it . . . a stellar achievement.”
 *Peter James, author of Want You Dead

I was fifty pages into this book  when a friend asked what I was reading and I summed it up as “alright so far, a nice, cozy, easy read”. I really enjoy books about women running away, abandoning their old life and starting again so I was contently reading at a leisurely pace. That was until part 2 that is, then I could.not.put.it.down!

Everything about this book felt right, the location was quaint and comfortable, the characters were well developed, likable and relatable. There were sad parts, disturbing parts, triumphant parts and oh no oh no oh no parts.

I kept wondering about the twist, but I’ll be honest and say I didn’t guess it right away, which I always appreciate.

I was leaving work on Saturday, on my way to a birthday bbq and I realized I only had a couple pages left of my book. The only problem was I was almost at my destination and I couldn’t put the book down, not with 5 pages left! So I did the only thing I could think of, I finished it in the back of my Uber, outside the party.

I Let You Go is a fantastic debut novel, I look forward to reading anything Clare Mackintosh’s writes next.