I Let You Go (Clare Mackintosh)

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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 to 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.


It really sucks when you guess the “twist” after the book is highly known for the reader to never guess the it. When the book jacket even says “a twist you’ll never guess!” PLEASE….it’s the ultimate buzzkill when you DO guess it. But I will say, one twist caught me completely off guard and actually surprised me, which in turn bumped it up a star.

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Truth be told, the first 205 pages are nothing but torture. Painfully slow. Which in my opinion is no good way to start such a highly talked about book. Not to mention by the time I got to the end, I had mentally noted at least SIX plot holes (which is a pet peeve of mine).

So, multiple POV’s are really nice touches to stories when they actually have something to do with said story. The police officers POV in this book had NOTHING to do with any part of the story. I could have skipped every single chapter that pertained to him and I still could have followed the story with no problem at all.

Just say NO to filler chapters!!

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Also, just because it’s yet ANOTHER unreliable female narrator can we please stop comparing it to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train? Please.

All in all, the writing was good and I finished the book.

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If you’re looking for a decent triller with some semi surprising twists and some mystery that you will probably figure out halfway thru, this is a good one. You just have to make it past those first 200 pages. Hang in there, baby!

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