I Let You Go

I Let You GoJacob, a five year old boy is killed at the start of the novel NOTHING PLEASANT SO FAR Then for the next 400 or so pages we feel nothing for this poor child We never knew him to begin with His death is a shock incident we have no emotional connection with him whatsoever So the story is about who killed him why did the driver hit Jacob and drive away And why the hell after a year, are there no leads about the case And why is it taking so long to tell this story when some of us me , can see the ending in the first 20% of this book A sculptor not sculpting..and a mother without a child NOTHING TOO INSPIRING ABOUT THAT. about JENNA Our main character, Jenna, is the sculptor, no longer sculpting and mother without a child Jenna is intended as a sympathetic character.but mostly I found her passive and irritating Her little boy dies yet within three months she is feeling alive drawing her name in the sand, taking photos with her camera on the beach YOU VE GOT TO BE KIDDING FISHY FISHY FISHY She runs away goes off grid throws her cell phone away hides out less that 3 months after her child is killed In 6 months she s happy about a new photography business Odd She is completely out of communication with the police Dept the people who are trying to find HER son s killer They have no idea where she is living or how to reach her for much of the book Jenna s new boyfriend is one hell of a dandy cherry pie, too..The entire plot was implausible.Lots of coincidences unbelievable insane absurd Yucky uninspiring male charactersThe side story of the detectives teenage son showsuninspiring men The author even managed to turned a 12 year old BOY into an uninspiring character He wouldn t win any young male roll model awards that s for sure Throughout the tale, Jenna was constantly referring to her breathing I couldn t catch my breath , my breathing became I felt my breath. I m not exaggerating, when I say there were so many references to breathing , it became annoying I know nothing about editingbut I would have caught the breathing authors blind spot , repetitive phrases But it drove me crazy I almost started counting how manytimes I d have to hear Jenna talk about her breathing.Not only did I see the the mystery ending very early into this novel I found it very predictable , but there was so much yuckiness about this novel I didn t feel inspired about myself for having read it.While listening to this audiobook during hikes, soaking in the pool, on car rides to the beach with Paul in the car even Paul figured out the ending by only listening to parts of this book.I kept thinking this is 2016, a contemporary story We need stories about strong female characters not weak ones Shame on me for getting sucked into this book it s nasty There was not one character in this entire book to be inspired aboutA kid is killed hit and runThe police dept Is dysfunctional each with personal problems home problems everyone is a victim.Abuse, violence, lies, cheating, silly boring Yucky is as Yucky is I want my money back 2 stars I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh is a 2016 Berkley publication I heard so many good things about this book, by the time I got my hands on a copy I was frothing at the mouth with excitement Did the book live up to all the hype Oh yeah, it s very clever The one downside is that it is hard to say much of anything at all about the plot, so I will refer you back to the book synopsis blurb to get the setup I did have a few issues with a couple of lead characters, but since no one is mentioning that part of the story, I won t either Other than that, I was impressed with this debut thriller, which lures you in with a heart wrenching situation, quietly and slowly, but despite the low key pacing, the mystery deepens as you go along, becomingcurious and puzzling, and the last quarter of the book was absolutely riveting with one huge, shocking gut punch you will not see coming, which also comes with a few aftershocks So despite the understated quality the book begins with, by the time you finish the book you might experience a little mental exhaustion.Although I hate writing such a vague review when I feel the need to discuss the characters and my personal opinion of them, and would like to have the opportunity to drop a few clues that would compel someone to give the book a try, I can tell you that if you like psychological thrillers and mysteries you will most likely appreciate this one and the cunning technique of the author employs Overall, this one gets kudos for originality, for tossing the formula writing out the window and for giving me a story that challenged me, which is just what I am always on the lookout for 4 stars Bravo Bravo Ms Mackintosh for completely blowing my mind and making me an emotional wreck 4.5 Stars rounded up to 5 5 Stars for phenomenal narration I didn t figure this one out Fantastic book Wonderful audio I can t believe this was a debut This is a hard book to review without giving away spoilers What I will say is that this novel starts out as a simple but devastating crime of hit and run A five year old boy is dead Jenna Gray s life is changed forever She runs off to a seaside town in Wales and begins to start her life over again Then bam A major twist happens in the story and everything changes The book then takes off and twists and turns That s all I m going to say about I Let You Go Stop reading reviews and get this book The only reason I docked this book half a star was because of the pacing in the beginning I thought it was just a tad slow until part 2, but boy did part 2 make up for part 1 Highly recommended to fans of psychological thriller mystery books I love a good psychological thriller, and this one fell into the category of excellent ones Holy macaroni Batman I did NOT see that twist coming in a million years I just stared at the page whilst my brain scrambled to get some footing again And it wasn t the only one But the BIGGIE was done so very, very well 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 devastatingIt s so hard to talk any about the plot of this book without giving away the entire reason for the book so I am not going to do that All I will say is that the plot is cleverly written, with twists that I have already told you are amazing and plentysurprise moments along the way It s very clever with the way stories intertwine like rope to make for a very strong book overall Fascinating I was flicking pages wantingof the story to reveal itself.The characters in the book I thought were excellent, I felt I could relate to each of them as if I was there with them, in the story, including the peripheral characters as well Some might find a bit of a hate love with Jenna I think, for me, I reserved judgement on her until the end of the book It has some tense, thrilling and shocking moments in it, some you see coming, some you don t, but it s not a boring book by any means I could not put it down once I got going and was so thrilled that it took me to places I did not predict it would I had heard good things about this one but went in with no expectations All in all, a stunning and sometimes surprising novel with a powerful message running through it, a book that will quench your thirst for a novel you can at last just sink into and lose yourself completely A book you will recommend to all your friends An easy five star read for me and one that has gone on my favourite s shelf Nice work from Clare Mackintosh, I will be looking forof her work in the future I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Many thanks. I can t believe this book And the significance of the words OMG written in the sand has to do with both my reaction and something in the book that I m not going to tell you Headlights glint on wet tarmac, the dazzle blinding them every few seconds Waiting for a break in the traffic they duck across the busy road, and she tightens her grip on the small hand inside the soft woollen glove, so he has to run to keep up Sodden leaves cling to the railings, their bright colours darkening to a dull brown. People, if you have not read this book and you are planning on it READ IT And don t put it down even if it gets a little bland at one point This book takes a twist that blew me away There is nothing like a book that will do that and Clare Mackintosh did that with this book When all of the pieces fit together you are left sitting. staring. thinking, how, what. did she really just do that Did she twist that book so freaking much that it resembles a pretzel I m NOT giving out a spoiler, not even a tiny one, because this is one of those books you need to find out for yourself I was actually wondering after the first little bit why the book had such high reviews and then it smacks you right in the face After a tragedy occurs in Jenna Gray s life, she leaves town and tries to start up a new life But you can never leave the past behind, it hurts, it haunts, it finds you Oh dear Lord, I have to stop here before I give something away I so want to tell all of you every little thing so you can have the OMG moment with me And I have to mention that this UK edition has a most beautiful cover MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Thought I was finished reading for the night but decided that I just had to finish this one While I had it all figured out early on, it didn t keep me from enjoying this one Extremely well written debut and I look forward to her next book.Jacob is a 5 year old little boy who lets go of his mother s hand for a brief moment and is killed in a hit and run in the prologue of this gripping police procedural Jenna Gray s life is forever changed and runs away immediately following the accident to escape the talk of the town.This book felt almost like 2 separate books between Part one and Part two I found myself not totally engrossed until I reached Part two , but once I hit that I couldn t put this down I really enjoyed the author s note at the end which explained how this story came about its real life influences from her work as a police official and personal, family experiences as well I think if I had been able to go in blind on this one and not been told time and again of the big twist s it would have gotten me however, because I was expecting them I found myself figuring it all out before the reveals This book was still extremely enjoyable for me regardless of the twists I always enjoy a bookif it can stand on its own without the gimmicks The characters were strong and believable this book was well developed all around. 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 ForeverSlowly, 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 I stayed up late last night to finish this one which speaks volumes about how much I was enjoying it, as I value my sleepthan anything else in life A young mum walks her 5 year old son home from school, like any other day Except that this day is different, her son lets go of her hand and is hit by a car and killed instantly.In Part 1 we flick between two POVs that of the woman, choosing to begin her life again after the horrific accident and grief it has left behind She moves from Bristol to rural South Wales, a place where no one knows her, or her past.The second POV is the Bristol Police Force Ray the DI for the CID team is trying to juggle his workload with his family life, and it is proving difficult He spendsandtime at work to escape the stress of his home life When the death of 5 year old Jacob comes to their attention Ray is determined to discover who did it, and why they drove away from the scene of the crime.Full of twists and turns, I was gripped by the storyline I did get a brief sense of deja vu as I read a book last year The Bed I Made which also involves a young woman who moves to a secluded area to escape her past But I guess that s quite a popular trope in the mystery thriller genre.I liked the different POVs even though one of them was absolutely terrifying to read about I was sufficiently thrilled so I guess the book did its job 4 stars How the hell did I miss this GREAT debutFirst of all and most IMPORTANT GO IN COLD TURKEY FOLKS, AND READ IT I LET YOU GO all begins with an inexcusable crime that leads to an investigative divisionwith a story of its ownon the hunt With a very subtle underlying current of something brewingthat might be construed as slow goingthere s another unexpected tragedy, a shocker of a twist, heartrending grief, fear, nightmares, and a door that won t lock.AND, despite all the great quotes I made note of, I can only use one that will give nothing away and tell you very little of this amazing debut,but I love and believe itYou can tell a lot about people by the way they treat animals Absolutely cannot wait to read I SEE YOUonly twodays, and I do believe I have a new favorite author I Let You Go is incredibly cliche and predictable, the format of the book was so familiar because a lot of thrillers seem to follow the same trend.It s all muddled at the start,then we get to about the halfway point and there s a big twist or revelation and the book is switching between the past and present to eventually uncover the mystery view spoiler And then the bad guy in this case the abusive husband,Ian comes back and gives the protagonist,Jenna one last beating hide spoiler

Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant now writes full time She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.Clare s debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times bestseller and was the fastest selling title by a new c

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  • 384 pages
  • I Let You Go
  • Clare Mackintosh
  • English
  • 15 October 2017

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