‘I Let You Go’ was one of the most talked about books last year due to the belter of a twist that left most readers in shock. I read the whole thing in a few hours, so it certainly had the hard-to-put-down quality that the best thrillers need. It was then a no brainer to buy ‘I See You’... however I kept putting off reading it in case I didn’t like it as much. I had nothing to worry about, it was another belter.
In ‘I See You’, Claire Mackintosh’s writing is as addictive as before, it is an utterly chilling and original story that will make everybody reconsider their behaviour as how predictable they are. A creepy set of dating-profile style advertisements in a newspaper are mysteriously linked to a series of crimes against women – but who is posting these profiles?? The plot follows Zoe Walker, who fears she is the next victim after seeing her own face in one of the advertisements, as well as an investigating police officer - Kelly trying to stay one step ahead of the website’s twisted purpose.
The story feels like a cross between a psychological thriller and a crime thriller. There's Zoe who seems to be a victim that makes her paranoid and a nervous wreck, then there's also Kelly, a police officer who manages to wangle herself onto a case that she thinks has something to do with what is also happening to Zoe and the more they dig the more they find ... and so it builds.
‘I See You’ is a brilliant edge or your seat read. It's one of those novels that will have you second guessing everything and questioning every characters intentions. Two thirds of the way through I thought I had sussed it but actually I honestly didn't know whether I was coming or going and by the end it was the twists and turns in this that I Loved which kept me guessing to the end and left me utterly exhausted yet thinking for hours after...
I loved I Let You Go and eagerly ordered the second book by Clare Macintosh - her police knowledge is evident without it clouding the human side of her books. Without giving anything away, I was sucked in, from the first page to the gripping conclusion! Bravo!
Clare Mackintosh's 2015 release, I Let You Go, was one of my favourite books of the year. It featured a mid-story twist which almost made me drop my iPad in the bathtub.
So... you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Mackintosh had a new book being released... and fortunately her latest, I See You offers up the complex and twisty plot we've come to expect from the former police officer.
Middled aged mum Zoe Walker is surprised to see her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper. In this day and age, swiping a photo of someone from Facebook and using it isn't that uncommon.
Zoe gets worried however, when she discovers other women who've featured in the same dating service ad have met with various accidents... and then one’s murdered.
The Murder Investigation Team - ably assisted by the resourceful British Transport PS Kelly Swift - discovers a devious game of cat and mouse being played without the victim’s knowledge.
Mackintosh has again come up with an amazing idea for a plot. This - and I can't say what we learn it is - is VERY different. And kinda creepy.
And like Zoe, we're kept guessing. And just when we think we've got it solved... there's a spanner tossed in for good measure.
It's great to see Mackintosh not fall into that 'second book syndrome'... And although I think I enjoyed I Let You Go more (particularly the plot twist element), she most certainly delivers with book number two.