A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?
In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world is shattered. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape her past, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of the cruel November night that changed her life for ever.
DI Ray Stevens is tasked with seeking justice for a mother who is living every parent’s worst nightmare. Determined to get to the bottom of the case, it begins to consume him as he puts both his professional and personal life on the line.
As Ray and his team seek to uncover the truth, Jenna, slowly, begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh is a twisty, engrossing psychological thriller that’s now become one of my favourite books from this genre that I’ve read all year!
Clare Mackintosh has created convincing characters that provoke a range of emotions in the reader- or it did with me anyway! I really hated with a passion some characters and found myself unexpectedly warming to others as the novel went on. People aren’t always what they seem and I felt myself become really interested in some of the characters’ lives.
I really liked the fact that we got to see the situation from both sides; the police working to solve the case and the civilians dealing with the aftermath. The combination of Police procedure and thoughts and feelings of other characters was really enjoyable to read about. I didn’t like how the main Police Officer, Ray, was an idiot quite a lot in his personal life and as a resulr I often felt quite frustrated with him, but I enjoyed the fact that the story did include his family life as well as just focussing on the investigation.
I’m not giving anything away by saying that there’s a big twist- the front of my copy of the book says this as clear as anything- but I did think it was done really well, and it certainly surprised me! There are quite a few smaller twists throughout the novel too. I love books that keep me guessing but I love books that lull you into a false sense of security then completely surprise you even more!
I would definitely recommend this novel. It was well written and had the perfect mix of twists and turns, police developments and character development. At times some of the subject matter was fairly upsetting but that’s because the author’s writing is so convincing, and as a reader you feel so invested in some of the characters.
All in all a brilliant read!
Haha, I love how bluntly you state that Ray is an idiot! It’s rare to find readers who enjoy psychological thrillers. I’ve blogged the opening pages to my own short book (150 pages) on my wordpress blog, and would be honored if you’d consider reviewing it. Regardless, providing reviews is a privilege for authors everywhere.
Thanks, I do love psychological thrillers- going to take a look at your blog & opening pages to short book! 🙂
Thank you, Snazzy! I’d be happy to have it reviewed by you if it piques your interest!