Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Early Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Title: I Let You Go 
Author: Clare Mackintosh 
Publisher: Berkley  
Source: Publisher 
Expected Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016 
Pre-order: Amazon  |  B&N 

Summary: 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. 


Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, “I read I Let You Go in two sittings; it made me cry (at least twice), made me gasp out loud (once), and above all made me wish I'd written it . . . a stellar achievement."

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On an ordinary rainy afternoon, a mother walks her five-year-old son home from school. Hand in hand, they chat about his day. With their house in sight, he decides to race ahead, and the mother loses hold of his hand… and seconds later loses her whole world.

From the synopsis of this book, I expected to be heartbroken. I expected to grieve for a mother’s loss. But what I didn’t expect was for this book to give me that and so much more. An incredible twist-filled thriller that follows a woman’s desperate escape from her heartbreak and loss as well as a POV from the two Bristol police investigators as they work tirelessly to find the hit-and-run driver that took a young boy’s life. There’s a point of view that gripped my heart and one that made me see red.  All of these characters' paths soon cross in ways that took me by complete surprise.  What I believe to be an intentionally slow-paced beginning leads up to part one’s absolute shocking reveal.  I could not tear myself away from this story, and the ending did not disappoint one bit.

Author Clare Mackintosh wrote this debut novel with the experience of working twelve years on police investigations, and this story was inspired by an actual unsolved crime. That firsthand knowledge is clear in the details and the author’s convincing writing.  I Let You Go is disturbing but beautifully captivating from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more of Clare Mackintosh’s work. 

A huge thank-you to the publisher for sending this book in exchange for my honest review. 
  
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14 comments:

  1. Well this sounds heartbreaking but really really good! Your review has me dying to know all the things. Awesome review!

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    1. It truly is! I need you to know all the things so we can discuss them! Thank you <3

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  2. Such a gorgeous cover! Great review, too!

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    1. It's so pretty, and it ties in perfectly with the story ;) Thank you :D

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  3. I was not expecting the thriller aspect, the synopsis made me tear up and I thought oh no, no, no, there aren't enough truffles in the world to read this..but now you have me curious.

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    1. I really think you would like this, Kimba! It's such a great read :)

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  4. At first I was like 'nope' when I saw the part about her son, but I see it's more than that. Twisty thriller, eh? No I'm on board.

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    1. I know, but it's so much more than that. A truly great read. :)

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  5. Anonymous4/29/2016

    I have to know what youre talking about, I'm gonna have to order this one too! Listen you're costing me a lot of money here Michele lol! Great review -Jamie

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    1. I regret nothing! Haha! I think you'll love this book :D

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  6. This is another one that isn't my usual kind of read but that sounds very interesting. I really love the cover and I love this review! Wonderful post, Michele!


    Miki xx

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    1. Thank you! It's one you won't see coming ;) Hope you give it a read!

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  7. Great review! I'm glad you liked it so much -- I didn't get the same shock/twists as you did after the first sort of reveal but it was fun to read!

    my review

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, that first reveal and the one at very end were amazing! It's a great read for sure :)

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