Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review - I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh




Book Summary

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.”



My Review 4 1/2

I Let You Go is execution sweetness........  I added this to my to be read list as it was on many bloggers Top Ten 2015 list.  I found it quite slow in the beginning, it captured my attention but I was starting to worry, it didn't say pick me up, read on and then 40% it got interesting and I couldn't put it down, one more day, late night and finished it, WOW.

I do feel like I have to give a warning. The abuse in this book is torture to read, highly emotional and heartbreaking, it took my breath away and made me think of victims that live this every day.  I am unable to say more or it can become a spoiler.

The planning the author did for this book and the way she tied all the characters and coincidences together is mind blowing, I am so impressed.  I do feel like the twist at the end with the additional connection was completely unnecessary and didn't add or take away from the story.

In the beginning the chapters  go back and fourth between Jenna's life and the Detectives.  At times I was more interested in the Detectives life, I think he was starting to have a mid life crisis.  Then the first in your face WHAT closes off Part 1 brilliant.

I did think about part of the reason for the accident but definitely not all.  I highly recommend this one and have to say push through the beginning, it is worth it.  A true Psychological Thriller, really great debut, I look forward to more by Clare Mackintosh.







11 comments:

  1. That's quite a ways to go to get into it but at least it makes up for its slow start.

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    1. Jenny, I totally agree, it was a solid 3 1/2 but just felt like a story, nothing new then BAM, I thought it was that good to go up to 4 1/2.

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  2. It sounds like a great read, but I'm thankful for the abuse warning. Sometimes you need to be prepared.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, I never thought about it before but I have seen reviewers have unnecessary triggers due to it and I work with victims sometimes so I will always give a warning.

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  3. I was a big fan of this book and I'm about to read her next one. As you say it is far from an easy read in places but fantastically executed.

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    1. Cleo, I didn't realize she had another one already so that is exciting. I was impressed with the planning.

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  4. I couldn't track this down but found another one by this author on Netgalley. I hope I can get it eventually. This author sounds very good.

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    1. I have to go Netgalley and see if I would be approved as I'm not in the US either.

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  5. I do want to read this one, but I imagine it will be a difficult one for me. I am glad you liked this one. It sounds like it was very well written and a great story.

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  6. Oh yes, one of my fave books of 2015! That twist is / was fabulous!

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  7. I enjoyed this book and think the plot was quite well executed. I can't wait to read her latest release!

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