Sunday 31 May 2015

I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh


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 . . .

What did I think?

This was an absolutely stunning debut with twists that had me flicking back over pages to see what clues I had missed.  My mind was racing in all directions as I read each page and I even became suspicious of everybody that Jenna interacted with.  It was so very cleverly written and it's difficult to write the review it deserves without any spoilers.

I loved the layout of the book, with chapters alternating between the police investigation into the accident and Jenna's story.  At the point in the book where Jenna starts taking photographs of the bay, I could actually see it in my head - the beach, the sea, the cliffs - they were all so beautifully described.  I would have definitely placed an order for one of Jenna's photographs!

The author's police training and personal experiences made this book so realistic and emotional.  My heart was almost beating out of my chest at the end.

Believe the hype - buy this, but prepare for some late nights of reading!

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