Book Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

i-let-you-goWhat’s it about?

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna 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 . . .


My thoughts

I can remember the thrill and the buzz around this book when it was first published and in one respect I’m glad I waited to read it but also I can’t believe I waited THAT long because flipping ‘eck I haven’t read such a good book in such a long time.  And I haven’t read a book with such twists since Gone Girl (not comparing, just saying); a book where I’ve had to go back through the early chapters to check what I’ve read and see if I missed something obvious.

I enjoyed the alternating chapters between the police investigation and other characters but oh my the chapters that were from Ian’s point of view were exceptionally horrifying; I can’t quite grasp how the author managed to portray these scenes of domestic violence so well that they made my stomach churn.  It wasn’t even necessarily about the violence but the subtle verbal put downs to knock confidence that made my blood boil.

Everything just works in this book: the style, the pace, the writing, the characters, I can’t really think of anything I didn’t like or could fault and it doesn’t come as any surprise that the author’s background is as a police officer as the police investigation came across as incredibly authentic.

If you haven’t read this book a) where have you been and b) read it now!

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Author Links: Twitter | Website

Small print for info
Source:  Purchased
No of pages: 384
Publisher: Sphere

Talk of the Town


  1. 21st February 2017 / 9:17 am

    Fantastic book, isn’t it? I remember thinking it was just ok until……well you know which bit I mean. Have you read her second book yet? That’s just as good a read.

    • 24th February 2017 / 7:52 pm

      I do know 😉
      I haven’t read the second one yet but am very interested too!

  2. 21st February 2017 / 10:23 am

    I loved this book! I read it last year with my book club and ended up being one of my favourites 🙂 The twists… wow!

    • 24th February 2017 / 7:53 pm

      It’s up there as one of the best thrillers I’ve read 🙂

  3. 21st February 2017 / 1:05 pm

    I think now I’m the last person who hasn’t read it! The hype scared me at first and then I decided to wait until it fizzled out before giving the story a chance. It looks like I really need to bump it up my TBR!! Great review 🙂

    • 24th February 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Me too, which is what I’ve done and glad I did. Pick it up soon 🙂

  4. 21st February 2017 / 11:55 pm

    I have a paperback copy of this sitting on my bookshelf! Reading your review has me wondering why the heck I haven’t picked it up yet! Great review, can’t wait to read it now :).

  5. suzanna
    25th February 2017 / 1:02 pm

    This sounds a scary thriller. But the cover is awesome. I mean, not only is it a great cover, it’s raining down it. Brilliant.

  6. 25th February 2017 / 4:19 pm

    🙂 I can always tell when you love a story Lindsay 🙂 Thanks for linking #ToTT

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