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About the Author
- File Size : 851 KB
- Publication Date : May 3, 2016
- Print Length : 377 pages
- Publisher : Berkley (May 3, 2016)
- ASIN : B013D669UC
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,988 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But the other week I decided that I wanted to give I Let You Go a shot.
What made me pick up the book in the first place was the cover. The cover is a little dark and has a beach scene with the title written across the front. It looks as if a storm or some kind of trouble is on the way. As you read the story you will learn something about a main character that really makes the cover make sense. The cover artist did a great job creating a cover that actually has something to do with the story.
The book is told from the point of view of three characters. The book is also broken up into two parts. I cannot tell you how it is broken up in two parts without giving any spoilers so I won’t. But there is a Part One and a Part Two.
Part One is told between two of the characters, Jenna Gray and DI Ray Stevens. In Part One, Jenna Gray is trying to put her life back together after the accident. We follow her journey as she tries to start a new life for herself. All the while, DI Ray Stevens is trying to solve the case.
Then Clare Mackintosh completely threw my world at the end of Part One, a twist I did not see coming.
The twist had me so excited for Part Two. I actually continued into Part Two without stopping. I had to know what happened.
As I said, the twist really surprised me and had me loving Mackintosh’s writing style. Her next book, I See You, is scheduled to come out on February 21, 2017, in the United States Of America. I knew that I could not wait that long after reading the twist she threw in. I then went to the UK Amazon site and ordered I See You because it is available over there right now.
Clare Mackintosh had me loving the thriller/mystery genre again. I have not read many thrillers/mysteries as of late. There have been a few, but not many. I used to be a huge fan of James Patterson, but he puts out so many books it became hard to follow. Then I discovered Sci-Fi and have been reading a lot of that.
Part Two of the novel is almost at the halfway point; according to my Kindle it is at the 45% point. Here we get introduced to a third character, Ian Petersen. I cannot tell you about him without giving the story away. This part is also the downfall of the book, I feel like I should say “in my opinion,” even though that is what a review is. Not too far into Part Two, I had I Let You Go figured out. I should say, I knew who killed the boy and what would happen to the character, but I didn’t know how Mackintosh would get us there.
When I got to the climactic scene at the end I was not surprised and I even rolled my eyes. There was a part in the final scene that I didn’t see coming, but due to the fact I knew what was going to happen, it didn’t really shock me like it should have.
But I don’t want to beat Mackintosh up in this review. So what did I like?
Her writing is great. Even though I had the book figured out, I still enjoyed the ride she took me on. Never once did I feel bored reading and never did I want to put it down. She really knows how to keep you hooked.
Her chapter lengths are great too. The longest chapter took me about twenty minutes to read, most chapters took me about fifteen minutes. They are long enough so you can read a chapter before bed . . . but also long enough so you end up reading more and losing sleep. She also has several breaks in each chapter if you need to stop in the middle of it.
I also loved the characters. Each character has flaws and none are perfect, and I like that. Some characters make mistakes that will have you shaking your head. Other characters will have you so mad at them that you wish they would just die. The villain in the book is straight up evil and I could not wait for them to get what they deserved.
Overall this book is a fun and entertaining read. Part One is a shining star, while Part Two felt too predictable. Did the fact that I predicted the ending ruin the book for me? No. I still wanted to read to find out how all the dots would connect, even though they weren’t surprises.
How about the audiobook? I am glad you asked. I did listen to some of the audiobook. Nicola Barber and Steven Crossley are the two narrators. As you can probably guess, Nicola Barber voices the chapters in Jenna’s point of view and Steven Crossley voices the chapters in DI Ray Stevens and Ian Peterse’s point of view. Each voice actor does a great job and it was easy to tell when two people were talking. If you enjoy audiobooks, this is a good one to pick up, of course I love their English accent.
If you enjoy thrillers and mysteries then you will probably enjoy the book.
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I'm not going to say much about the actual story itself because there is just about no way to do it without spoilers and you absolutely want to go in blind. I guessed part of what was happening in the beginning stages, but there is no way I could have came up with the whole picture on my own. So don't be afraid by other people's negative reviews with it being "predictable." They are just full of themselves IMHO.
The characters themselves are all fully fledged out and complex. The police have some back stories that are going on at the time of the main story line that are not fully resolved but I didn't truly care about them anyway. They are just there to keep the pacing of the story and not really necessary to the plot, but didn't necessarily detract from the story either.
Overall great story. I'd read more from this author but I'm not sure she can out do this one.
I guess if I had not personally been in a relationship somewhat similar to Jenna's marriage I would have been even less tolerant of her decision making. But I know how an abusive mate can gaslight a person and make her doubt everything she once believed about herself and the world. It happens, unfortunately, and I can't say it was a whole lot of fun to read the story of Jenna's tragic descent. I also felt that Ray, the chief detective on the case, could have been an incredibly strong character if he had been more carefully crafted. I really lose patience with authors who TELL me how a character is feeling rather than SHOWING me. After scenes of tension or moral compromise, I grew weary of reading summary comments like (oversimplifying here): "Ray felt really bad about what he did." So, while the book is riveting in some ways, it is not a big winner in my estimation. And the ending was not quite as well resolved as I would have liked.
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A complex psychological thriller, I couldn't stay away from it. This book did perhaps take me a little while for me to get into as I acclimatised myself with the writing style. It is very descriptive in places, if not slightly 'overwritten,' some of the smallest details so intricate, I got lost in the wordiness... but this was a temporary reaction. Every spot of rain, every tear, every emotional response and consequent reaction is important. The story blew me away.
Without giving too much away, there was a character that shocked me. Written in second person singular, I admire the way this author got right inside the head of controlling psychopath.
Will definitely be reading more by Clare Mackintosh.