I Let You Go
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 ...more
I just finished this book about 10 minutes ago and I'm very impressed. I'm also very tired as it's now after 5am! I will be so very tired today but it is totally worth it!!
I have so many good books that I want to read right now. I keep adding to my collection faster than I'm reading. I've gotten into a bad habit of reading a couple of pages of new books and forgetting which one I wanted to read next. Because of that this novel had been forgotten about until today. When I picked it up again ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
First 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 division (with a story of its own) on the hunt. With a very subtle underlying current of 'something brewing' (that might be construed as slow going) there'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...more
The story involves a hit and run killing of a 5-year-old boy and is told from the POV of 3 characters—our main protagonist Jenna, the lead detective on the case Ray, and a man named Ian. Ms. Mackintosh is an excellent writer. She knows how to capture the reader’s attention right off the bat. Jenna and Ray are well characterized and Ms. Mackintosh had ...more
In a matter of seconds lives will change forever.
A distracted mother follows behind her five year old son after picking him up from school on a rainy afternoon. Jacob is joyful upon the promise of a fun afternoon with his mom. He leaps one foot in front of the other chasing that promise into the street and into an oncoming car. The impact has tragic results. Gone ...more
I’m excited to say - this is one book that actually lives up to that comparison. Don't get me wrong, this is an entirely different story, but it delivers that same level of ...more
This is a puzzling mystery but the pacing was too slow in the beginning or perhaps it just took too long to get to the action and then once it got there, it ...more
Jacob, a young boy, has been hit by a speeding car on a dark and rainy night. The driver, rather than stopping, speeds away leaving the boy's mother traumatized and distraught. Not knowing how to handle her own grief, she flees in effort to escape everything that has ...more
The Line “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.”
The Sinker – This is the best fiction I’ve read on this subject since…oh, no, can’t tell you that or it will spoil the whole read for you. Ok, so sometimes I’m an unreliable reviewer. You don’t ...more
“A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?”
Clare Macintosh, the author of I Let You Go, is the real deal. According to her Goodreads profile, she spent twelve years in the police force, including time in the criminal investigations unit (CID). She knows what she is writing about.
I Let You Go, her debut novel, was the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015 ...more
Every mother's worst nightmare come true.
This story opens with an accident that would haunt any mother for the rest of her life. Walking home from school on a rainy day, an excited little boy named Jacob pulls away from his mother's hand to cross the street.
At that same moment, a car swerves on the wet pavement, hitting the 5-year-old, killing him instantly. A heartbroken Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast in an attempt to heal and start over.
Don't read any reviews (after this one, LOL!). Just go get this from the library and thank me later. It does have a teeny bit of chick-lit flavor to it, but really nothing I found overly melodramatic or predictable.
Hats off to Clare Mackintosh for my first ...more
An enormously gripping, tense, unbelievably clever story that holds your attention all the way through.
With so many twists, shocks my heart was pounding to the last page
Thank you to Net Galley and the author for a advanced copy and apologies for the delay.
One of the best books ever read.
Moderator of A good thriller on Goodreads
Penfach on the Welsh Gower Peninsula. Wales. Yes.
There's some dragging clichés to establish the plot, characters and background, sure. And then there's a chick-lit lite cocktail to endure, and a main character that is too much of a Barbara Cartland English Rose kind of lookalike. Oy, please NO! NO! NO!, love, NO!
BUT............'lo and behold! ..........there's the absolute tragedy of a mother losing a child in an accident.
The first part of the story, while the plot heats up, was ...more
There I have said it, but how to back it up? I can’t because it really is the sort of book best read cold with no preconceived ideas about the plot. What I can say is that it has all the ingredients I like in this type of book.
It has atmosphere – I didn’t just watch what was ...more
Clare's debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times bestseller and was the fastest-selling title by a new ...more