I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh– 371 pages
ARC from Berkley Publishing and Netgalley
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.
My Review: 4.5 stars
I Let You Go is a psychological thriller with twists and circumstances you won’t see coming! I was sucked in from the start and couldn’t put this one down. This particular genre of psychological thrillers has become increasingly popular due to titles such as Gone Girl and The Girl On the Train, which had huge success and marketability, and still do. Since then, there’s been a plethora of debut authors vying for their chance in that same spotlight. Many of them are tired repeats of something that’s already been done, but this one took me by surprise with good plot craftsmanship, believability and great storyline.
Of course, heartstrings are pulled as the mystery centers on who killed a young five-year-old boy, so we all want answers, not just his mother and the detectives. With some characters we trust and some we don’t, it was a good balance of wondering if the main protagonist, Jenna, was worth rooting for, but with all good writing, we do what the author proposes for the reader.
Highly emotional tale of what can happen in a moment, the amount of pressure put on detectives, especially when a case goes cold, how fear can change your life, keeping secrets and learning to trust again are all part of this puzzle of pieces the Mackintosh puts together for us!
Quotes I liked:
Such a small impact on the world, yet the very centre of my own.”
-“I want to fix an image of him in my head, but all I can see when I close my eyes is his body, still and lifeless in my arms. I let him go, and I will never forgive myself for that.”