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I Let You Go Paperback – November 29, 2016
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At the start of British author Mackintosh’s accomplished debut, five-year-old Jacob Jordan lets go of his mother’s hand for an instant on a rainy evening in Bristol, England, and darts into the road, only to be struck and killed by a hit-and-run. The investigation lands on the desk of Det. Insp. Ray Stevens and his eager new detective constable, Kate Evans. Mackintosh alternates between the slow, but fruitless, police work and the movements of artist Jenna Gray, who’s haunted by Jacob’s death and relocates to an isolated Welsh village, where she keeps to herself, warming slightly to the local vet after finding an abandoned puppy, and even then keeping the details of her previous life a secret. Back in Bristol, Ray and Kate work the case to the ground, despite a lack of leads; predictable sparks fly, even though Ray is happily married with two children. Mackintosh easily shifts points of view and keeps readers on their toes, slowly upping the suspense, so that when she does reveal her twists they—mostly—work. (May)\n --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Chilling, compelling and compassionate, I Let You Go is a finely-crafted novel with a killer twist.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
“Astonishingly good.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Make Me
“The big plot twist in Clare Mackintosh’s first novel, I Let You Go, is genuinely shocking. The jolts that follow, right up until the last page, are pretty good too...[a] cunning psychological thriller.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“An intense psychological thriller…[that] revels in surprises and twists…Outstanding.”—The Associated Press
“On the level of the movie The Sixth Sense for its cleverness...This kind of sharp, cunning writing makes one eagerly look forward to Mackintosh’s next novel.”—Shelf Awareness
“Jaw-dropping...The kind of book that sticks in the reader’s mind well after the final sentence.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A wonderfully layered thriller that skillfully builds from that one tragic event...A good match for fans of Sophie Hannah and Erin Kelly.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“[An] accomplished debut...keeps readers on their toes.”—Publishers Weekly
Top customer reviews
The characters in this case, from the police to the perpetrator(s), to the bit parts of the families and co-workers are simple and seem to be included to provide some meat on the bones of what is in the end a very simple story. While they are there to provide depth, in that gaol Mackintosh fails. In most cases they, and the sub-stories, are of little interest and provide little relevance to the main story.
I Let You Go will never win any fine literature awards but is a reasonable escape book for an airplane or a rainy weekend.