About the book (from the publisher): 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 into 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.
My Review: As far as I can tell, this is Clare Mackintosh’s first novel and boy oh boy, did she hit one out of the park! This story is so gripping, so compelling, that you won’t want to stop reading.
She tracks two stories, the story of Jenna Gray and the story of the police investigation, and she handles that back-and-forth very well indeed. It starts off with the horrific hit-and-run killing of a small boy (which will break your heart.) And from that moment on, Macintosh takes us on a journey that will keep the reader guessing until the end.
She writes with great compassion. The characters are beautifully drawn with all the complexities and conflicts that make the difference between a surface-level novel and one with great depth. There are chilling moments throughout, which become more frequent as the story moves toward the final denouement.
Not only that, Mackintosh has crafted a plot that has lots of twists and turns. This reader was kept guessing throughout the story and there is a moment in the middle of the novel where I guarantee you will gasp out loud. I sure did. This psychological thriller will be one you won’t want to put down.
How she pulled it off, I don’t know. It is masterfully crafted.
And I won’t say anything more than that because I don’t want to spoil one bit of this reading experience for you.
I cannot wait until Mackintosh writes another mystery. This one was incredibly satisfying. I recommend it very highly.
It is to be published here in the States on May 3rd.
About the author: Clare Mackintosh spent 12 years on the police force in England and has written for The Guardian, Good Housekeeping, and other publications. A columnist for Cotswold Life and Writing Magazine, she is the founder of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival and lives in the Cotswolds with her family.
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