I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
May 3, 2016 -Berkely
369 pages – Adult, fiction, mystery, suspense
Source: Penguin First Flights program
I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
From Goodreads: The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl...a novel with “an astonishing intensity that drags you in and never—ever—lets you go.” (Daily Mail, UK)
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
My Thoughts: I finished this book this morning. I had been looking forward to reading it, and when I did I was a bit disappointed in the beginning. It was a bit slow for me, maybe it was due to what I had read before, maybe it was my reading mood. I wasn’t as certain of my enjoyment as I had been when I picked it up. But then…. then I got to the first jaw-dropping moment. And I had to go back and check what I read. How could I have not seen this coming? I had read carefully, making sure I followed all of the threads and breadcrumbs that were twisting into a complete story. But this?! When you get to the first twist, you immediately think that you read wrong or that you missed something. It was all right there and there’s no way you would have missed something this big. But you did. I did. Others before me did. It is normal, do not be ashamed.
After that, the story picks up the pace, and it is much harder to put down. I don’t even want to talk about the details because I don’t know what will ruin a person’s reading experience. And yes, it is an experience. Continuing on, knowing that there had to be at least a couple more twists in the story did not prepare me for what happened. It was as if Mackintosh actually enjoyed playing these mind games, but these were the mind games that I didn’t mind so much. I have a pretty twisted imagination, and I have to admit that there are some things that she did with a particular character that I would not have thought to do.
The ending. Yes, I sort of expected some of what happened to happened. Yes, I was still shocked at it, and still unsettled by it. Without ruining it, I can only say that you should definitely read this. You will be so glad that you did.
*A note about the comparisons to Gone Girl and the Girl on the Train: I didn’t like Gone Girl, I couldn’t get into the book at all. I watched the movie to find out what the twist was, and then I wasn’t all that shocked or impressed. I have The Girl on the Train on my TBR list, so I don’t know how this compares to that. *
And yes, I just found out that Mackintosh has a second book coming out in July. I will be pre-ordering that one as soon as it becomes available!!!
5 stars *****