Book Review: I Let You Go – by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh is another psychological thriller, and another page turner. My last review was on The Sisters by Claire Douglas which was very similar in style, however I found that there was a lot more mystery in I Let You Go, and the author was still revealing unanswered questions that I, as the reader, had in the last few pages.

Its always hard to give a summary of thrillers and mystery novels without giving too much away, but I’ll give it my best shot. There are two interlinking stories throughout, one being the story of Jenna who has run away from her life in Bristol to live in an isolated cottage on the Welsh coast; and the other is the development of a police investigation that Jenna has a somewhat shocking connection to, and the home life of Ray who runs Bristol’s CID. Jenna has moved away to get a fresh start and to sever all connections with her past, however the past soon catches up with her and she must face up to one devastating night she has tried to escape from for a long time.

There is so much more to the story than I am able to say without giving away all the twists and secrets, and I would hate to spoil it for anyone. All I can say is that this is definitely an intense and thrilling read. I thought that I had worked out the biggest secret within the first 100 pages and I was so disappointed as I want to be shocked by a thriller, however that was just my imagination running a bit too wild. Thankfully there were numerous twists I did not expect, and the book was so much better for that. Although normally I am hoping for a massive revelation (and I Let You Go I would say has smaller- yet still unforeseen- revelations), I was surprised by the fact that I found discovering Jenna’s past steadily, with the detectives, in some ways even more thrilling and gripping.

I can’t really say anything too negative about the book as it is exactly what I look for in a thriller. I would give this book 4 and a half stars.

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