A special thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
British author Claire Mackintosh
delivers an emotional and powerful multi-layered psychological domestic suspense debut, I LET YOU GO.
Cleverly Crafted. Chilling. Twisty. Mind-blowing. Head-spinning. Mysterious. Intriguing. Dark. Intense! Hang on readers
"Warning" A tornado (not a train, has been a little overused)
is coming your way, (not a watch, a warning),
and everyone in its path is in danger. Disaster. Pervading like an endless storm. Ruthless. Uprooting, creating chaos. No matter where you turn, it follows. Limited options. Its power is unleashed. It is twisty, violent, dangerous, unpredictable, no terrain is safe, with devastating damage; far reaching aftermath. You can live in the wreckage and pretend, or crawl from the rubble and rebuild. A past is like a storm: It will sneak up on you, when you least expect. Jenna Gray
is tortured by the brutal tragedy of five-year-old boy, Jacob Jordan. The seconds, it took for him to be killed in a hit-and-run accident one rainy night. He runs across the street, slipping from his mother’s grasp.
The driver gets away. Failed to stop. The accident continues to play a loop in her head. She wishes the car had hit her instead. Her life has changed, and she cannot go on. Desperate to escape her own guilt, she runs to the coast of Wales. Once a sculptor, now invisible. A sculptor who doesn’t sculpt. A mother without a child. She wants to be alone
with her thoughts, and become a recluse, living in a small remote seaside cottage. Attempting to drown the nightmares and screams. She wants to protect herself and anyone close to her from being hurt again. However, little by little, she begins to gain confidence, and begins a new career as a photographer. People are trying to get close. Can she let down her guard?
Will her life ever have purpose again? She thrives on the isolation. Peace from an impending storm. A disaster waiting to happen. Is she chasing a storm or running from it?In the meantime,
detectives Ray and Kate are on the case with little or no leads—attempting to solve the mystery—no clues, or an identity of the person driving the car. The victim’s mother disappears and she is the only witness. Some personal dynamics between the two detectives, and politics adding a side line to the story. (do not stress about this--focus on the story at hand). Got to have some fluff.
What sort of monster kills a five-year-old boy, then drives off? How are they going to attain justice for the boy?
Most people had two reactions when they lost someone: either vowed to never move anything, a shrine, or the opposite—a clean break. Assuming the later, the case for this young mother with a past. Approaching the anniversary
date, possibly a last-ditch effort to uncover something. Something is not quite right.
What is Jenna Gray hiding? The evidence is telling Ray one thing and his instinct telling him another. A mix of grief, domestic violence, secrets, fears, threats, evil. Where nothing is as it appears. A more sinister monster is lurking. What is she not saying?
Who really killed Jacob? Someone has to pay. Lost lives. Can you run from your past? A Twisted. Demented. Psycho! With a Part One and Part Two
(the best), you almost have two books in one with a wide range of reviews. Crafty Plot (s). Multi-layered and complex. Two women. Strangers.What do they have in common?
Without giving away the good parts, the reader will have to make their own delicious discoveries. Both chilling and compassionate. Complex and sometimes confusing. Readers will be glued to the pages, seeking justice for the victims. Note to readers:
It is ok to question, "What in the heck? No, you are not crazy.
The mysterious vivid coastal seaside (cliff) setting, adds even more intrigue. The storylines connect for an explosive heart-pounding conclusion. For fans enjoying a nice mix of psychological, crime, domestic suspense, mystery and cop procedural. With added inspiration from the author,
(an expert), further enhancing the overall reading experience-a heart wrenching story of loss, and the strength to move on. Can you ever outrun your past?
You know something dark is coming, like a tornado funnel. Readers will be kept in suspense to the final conclusion. It is worth it in the end. Stay alert, you do not want to miss a thing. PS. Even the new cover design, reminds me of a strong dark coastal storm approaching.
A fitting title “I Let You Go”
with multiple meanings and a constant theme throughout the book.
Can't wait for I See You,
Coming July, 2016 UK. Not sure when we will see this highly anticipated followup, in the US; hopefully SOON! A movie? We can only hope it is the making.