Book Review – I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

an excellent psychological thriller

Ahhh.. what could be better than devouring a heart-stopping thriller that nags away at my mind every time I have to put it down, continually urging me on to greedily sip away at the rapidly simmering plot. You know a thriller is that good when you reach a stage you try to read it slowly so it doesn’t end so quickly, but yet you yearn to find out what happens next.

I guess I didn’t bother to disguise in the opening of this post that I thoroughly enjoyed this book – my first one by this author. Writing was easy to read, flowing prose – short and rapid-fire lines to build suspense and long structured sentences where detailed explanations were needed.

Jenny Gray, devastated with the loss of her son in a traffic accident and unable to deal with the public opinion that she just let him go ‘for a split second’ before a car rammed into him, escaped from her home to the countryside to leave her past behind. What happens next? Can she ever truly run away from it all?

MAJOR spoiler follows in white text: ( Of course, if you’ve already read the book, Jenna didn’t lose her son; she was the wife of the cause of someone losing their son) END spoiler.

The twist around the middle of the story was absolutely astonishing. And totally unexpected. The plot thickens quickly after that; and we find out more details about her history. The story is simultaneously told from the perspective of the two detectives on this hit-and-run case. I enjoyed how the sub-plot from their view is substantially enjoyable as well (in some cases the author doesn’t develop them properly, instead focusing on the main plot). Chapters are chopped up into neat and appropriate chunks. Oh, did I mention a counter-twist towards the end? Twist-ception indeed!

Most of the characters were believable and people you could feel sympathetic to. Of course, there were unlikable characters as well. So thoroughly unlikable that the more you read on, the more you would wish them dead. Mackintosh does a great job at throwing you clues here and there: a single word, sometimes a little phrase that makes your blood run cold – something a book can do that would require a spectacular director to emulate in a movie. I absolutely could not put down the last few chapters, almost afraid the ending would be one I did not like. Thankfully, that did not happen.

I look forward to reading more from Mackintosh.

Rating: 5/5

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