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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016!
Now in paperback—the next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl... “a finely-crafted novel with a killer twist” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Paula Hawkins).
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.
From Publishers Weekly
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 alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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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.
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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After reading excellent reviews of this book, I was thinking about giving up on it. For the first half nothing much of interests happens, especially nothing that would warrant calling this book a thriller. However, in Part Two everything does a one-eighty. The latter half the book is very difficult to put down. The plot twists are excellent, and the suspense and tension is almost unbearable.