I Let You Go

I Let You Go

A Novel

Book - 2016
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One of The New York Times Book Review' s 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016!

The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. .."a finely crafted novel with a killer twist."(#1 New York Times bestselling author Paula Hawkins)

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."
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2016, 2014
Edition: First Berkley hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781101987490
Branch Call Number: MACK
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 07, 2020

It is a good story that tries to probe why abuse victims continue to submit to abuses. The narrative is a little confusing when two characters spoke in first-person narrations.

Oct 21, 2019

This was a stunner; really interesting, sometimes difficult to read, and sometimes a little too obvious regarding the romance part, but the police procedural stuff was very well laid out. I enjoyed it and will look for more from this author.

Jul 15, 2019

The author's note provides a HUGE clue to the book's major plot twist, but I didn't read it carefully enough: "Grief and guilt are powerful feelings, and I began to wonder how they might affect TWO women involved in very different ways in the SAME incident." [emphasis added]

"Why don’t you leave?" Clare Mackintosh answers this question in graphic detail in her debut international bestseller I Let You Go. She also provides brilliant insights into the twisted minds and malignant narcissism of perpetrators of violence against women. It is a psychological thriller that I could not put down until I read all 369 pages yesterday. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and gasp.

The major plot lines spring from the author's experience as a police officer and mother of two sets of twins. Sadly, her son Alex died shortly after birth from meningitis.

Critics have opined the book is akin to The Girl on the Train. I disagree. It captures the experience of domestic violence as brilliantly as Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen. I accurately intuited some of the plot twists, but I still gasped when they unfolded.

While I recommend the book highly, it may not be a wise choice for some domestic violence and sexual assault survivors ~ especially protective mothers ~ who have Complex-PTSD. The PTSD episodes and traumatic events Jenna experiences are quite graphic.

Jul 07, 2019

A solid, well-written thriller. A huge, made-me-gasp twist that had me going back to re-read some parts to make sure the author earned it (she did). Very dark in parts with some images that will stay with me. I liked the detective and his backstory - clearly a good but imperfect man. I would read more by her.

May 24, 2019

Excellent book, especially for a first book. I agree with the other reviewers. The book has everything...great plot, high intensity, very thrilling and a most interesting ending.

Mar 22, 2019

Clare knocks it out of the park. A great read, my favourite of her 3 (so far books).

Mar 13, 2019

The preface of this book will be a sucker punch to most readers. It starts with a hit and run that changes the main characters life forever. It takes the readers on a roller coaster ride.
The title is a perfect metaphor for many of the surprising situations in this thriller.

Jan 23, 2019

Plot. High-intensity, heart-wrenching emotion and a huge plot twist.

Dec 06, 2018

This was my 3rd book I’d read by MacKintosh, my favourite and a real page turner; couldn’t put it down. I’ll be watching for more from her.

Nov 07, 2018

This book was great. There were plenty of twists and turns. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Jul 08, 2016

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Aug 19, 2018

Jenna or Jennifer is married to Ian; a very creepy, clever, controlling man. Her life becomes somewhat of a nightmare, and she ends up almost being convicted for killing a five year old boy, whom she confesses she has killed; but through various twists and turns she is released into a nail biter ending.
Had a tough time getting into the book but eventually it lured me in, and then I couldn't put it down.


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