THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.”
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The windswept Welsh cliffs lent a perfect sense of foreboding to this unforgettable debut. I Let You Go is a psychological thriller about Jenna Gray, a young woman struggling to restart her life after her five-year-old son is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Author Clare Mackintosh—a former police detective—kept us enthralled by alternating chapters told from Jenna’s guilt-ridden perspective with chapters unveiling the crime investigation. Mackintosh’s twists and turns will set your pulse racing, while her pitch-perfect portrayal of grief will break your heart in two.
At the start of British author Mackintosh's accomplished debut, five-year-old Jacob Jordan lets go of his mother's hand for an instant on a rainy evening in Bristol, England, and darts into the road, only to be struck and killed by a hit-and-run. The investigation lands on the desk of Det. Insp. Ray Stevens and his eager new detective constable, Kate Evans. Mackintosh alternates between the slow, but fruitless, police work and the movements of artist Jenna Gray, who's haunted by Jacob's death and relocates to an isolated Welsh village, where she keeps to herself, warming slightly to the local vet after finding an abandoned puppy, and even then keeping the details of her previous life a secret. Back in Bristol, Ray and Kate work the case to the ground, despite a lack of leads; predictable sparks fly, even though Ray is happily married with two children. Mackintosh easily shifts points of view and keeps readers on their toes, slowly upping the suspense, so that when she does reveal her twists they mostly work.
Slow start, exciting twists
It took a while for this book to turn into the thrilling page turner I was anticipating, but don't give up! The twists and turns are coming and oh so worth it!
What a page turner
This is the best book I have read in ages. Great plot twists that I didn’t see coming at all. The first half was a good read but I couldn’t put it down once I got mid way.
An Exciting Read
This book held my interest although I was able to determine where it was going by part 2. A good read for the beach or anywhere where you don't want something too serious. This is not to say the book doesn't deal with dark issues. A few pages were very hard to read. I would recommend it to anyone.