I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I stopped by the new Indigo at Sherway a few weeks ago to see what it was like. I wasn’t going to buy anything as I have a number of books I haven’t read yet sitting on my bookshelf but I just can’t resist in such a store. I Let You Go was a staff pick I think and the review quote on the front of the book was by Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train. I Let You Go falls into that category of books alongside Gone Girl and The Girl on The Train and I knew it was worth reading.

At the start of the story, a young boy is hit by a car and dies on a rainy evening.  It’s a hit and run. Jenna Gray leaves town devastated, finding herself in a small village in Wales where she begins to settle in. The story bounces between Jenna trying to move on with life and the detectives who are looking for the hit and run driver. As time passes, Jenna makes a few friends and finds a new way to support herself while trying not to look back. Meanwhile, the detectives have very few leads and you get to know the lead detective along the way. Then something changes and in part two, a third character starts to tell their part of the story. I won’t tell you who that character is.

I have to say I got a little cocky reading this book and around page 100, I was sure that I had figured out the twist. So much so that I made a note of that page number so I could go back if I decided to blog about it. I was really wrong! It’s a great twist and one of many.

I read most of the novel sitting on my parents’ deck on a Sunday afternoon because I could not put it down. It was getting dark by the time I finished it. In addition to being a great twisty story, which I love, I also had a feeling that I was learning things when the detectives did which was a cool way to experience a story. I didn’t have all the pieces until they did but they didn’t for a good part of the book. I got ahead a few times but the twists kept it interesting all the way until the end.

I Let You Go is definitely worth a read if you enjoyed any of the other twisty books I’ve blogged about. And perfect for the dock so long as you aren’t at the cottage or camping on your own! And I’d be up for a chat about this one if you’ve read some of the others too – I had a bit of light bulb moment.




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