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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

May 27, 2015

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .

This is a real attention grabber which is emotional, scary and has good characterisation. A young child is killed and the police are seeking the killer. Jenna has taken refuge in the isolation of the off season Welsh coast to try and gain some distance after what happened and recover from the trauma.

It’s a debut novel from a former police officer and it is a very confident and compelling read.

A mix of police procedural as we follow the investigation from the perspective of two officers, Roy and Kate, and learn something of their lives on the force.

It’s also a taut psychological thriller with a strong twist which makes you want to read to the end without stopping.

The storyline develops in Wales in parallel with the police investigation and when the two come together, the results are devastating. But in this novel, nothing is quite what it appears to be, and even the end leaves the reader with some questions.

A great read and a brilliant debut.

I Let You Go is published by Sphere.

From → Crime, Thriller

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