Book Review of “I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh
*I received this E-book for free, via Net galley in an exchange of an honest review*
**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 Amazon)**
Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy thriller books. I love the plot twists, the whodunit, the characters the author develops, the way they trap you, and pull you into the book world they have created.
I am a huge fan of Heather Gudenkauf, David Bell, and Gillian Flynn, so when this book was billed as “The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved Gone Girl, and The Girl on the Train” I knew that I had to request this E-book. I am so glad I was approved to review it.
I will admit however, It took a good three days to finish Part One of this book. While it was good, I felt it dragged a bit, and I found myself putting my Kindle down after a few chapters. Part Two however was a completely different story. Once I reached 48% of the book on my kindle, I didn’t put it down for the rest of the night. As much as this book felt like it dragged to me, I would still recommend this to anyone. It is definitely one of those books you think about for a while after you’ve finished reading it.
Clare Mackintosh’s writing style is wonderful, she actually was a police officer, so there is a very realistic vibe to this book, something you could hear on your evening news. She makes you feel things, she makes you sympathetic to the mother of the boy, to the officers who were investigating the accident. She had me full of emotion within the first few pages of the book. that’s always a good sign.
The way the author lead me to believe I was reading from one person’s perspective, to totally blindsided me and making it be someone completely different, was genius! Introducing a character, that makes you so angry, and so incredibly heartbroken, to where you sympathize with the driver, and you find yourself hoping she couldn’t be the type of person to do a hit and run. I was literally stunned with the second half of the book. It was so incredibly written, the characters were easy to follow, and easy to like. I look forward to many more books by Clare Mackintosh, she has definitely found a new fan in me!