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You Let Me In

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  6,443 ratings  ·  609 reviews

Spine-tingling, chilling, and utterly compulsive, YOU LET ME IN is the stunning new novel from Richard & Judy Book Club author, Lucy Clarke

Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house . . .

I’M IN YOUR HOUSE

There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows.

I’M IN YOUR HEAD

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Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published August 16th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Lou
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
'You Let Me In' is the fifth psychological thriller from bestselling author and Richard & Judy book club pick, Lucy Clarke, whose novels have been translated into 12 different languages. Having enjoyed her previous book, 'Last Seen,' which was chock-a-block full of secrets, lies and deception, I knew this was dead cert to be a fantastic follow-up.

Elle Fielding is a successful author with her first book hitting the bestsellers lists and making her lots of cash in the process. Now, she is under im
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Ken
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since the success of Elle’s debut novel hitting the top of many best sellers list, the pressure on her to replicate the success has intensified.

As well as the pressure to produce a compelling follow up theirs the numerous book tours and a need for a social media presence.
Trying to shut herself off from any unnecessary distractions, Elle spends much of her time alone in a writers room in her cliff top house in Cornwall.

She’d previously rented the house out on Airbnb and even through her writ
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Liz Barnsley
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve always enjoyed books from this author, this time I had no clue about the plot so I went in with no expectation and I loved it – a pacy psychological thriller with a totally brilliant ending that I really didn’t see coming – at least not in its entirety. That was super cool.
Honestly I’m tempted to say nothing at all about plot but I will caution that if you use AirBnB you might want to tread carefully…Also I think I’ll have to give a little away to tell you why it worked so well.
Elle was an
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Johann (jobis89)
“I am no trespasser, I remind myself. You let me in.”

Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house to a family through Airbnb. Since coming home from her vacation in France, she feels like she is being watched...

Some of the lessons I learnt whilst reading this book:
- drinking and driving after one or two large glasses of wine is okay apparently (sidebar: IT IS NOT)
- noting all your passwords in one location is a great idea (again: it is NOT)
- it might be a good idea to visit your doctor
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C.L. Taylor
THIS is how you write a psychological thriller. You pique the reader's curiosity, lure them in, add a mystery, several secrets and a ton of red herrings, heighten the tension until they are breathless and then BAM! surprise them with an ending that is so clever it makes them grin. Clever, tense, twisty and unpredictable You Let Me In is Lucy Clarke's best book yet! Brilliant. I hugely enjoyed it.
BIBLIOMANIAC MJ
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you like your psychological thrillers to provide you with a good dose of goosebumps, then look no further than ' You Let Me In' by Lucy Clarke!

Not knowing anything about the book, I went in blind...and I suggest you do the same! This is the type of book that the less you know going in, the better the reading experience will be. Needless to say, I won't be delving into any particular details, except to say that this will grab you hostage from the get go, with its tension filled plot, well writ
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Zoe Mann
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feasted on 'You Let Me In' by Lucy Clarke like I feast on pizza at an all you can eat buffet. I just could not put this book down.

Elle Field is living the dream. Cliff top mansion with sea views for miles, writing her second novel after her first had gargantuan success. She is beautiful, intelligent and confident with a supportive family and all this is portrayed on her social media accounts. What her picture perfect social media account doesn't show, is she is also an insomniac, paranoid, su
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Alayne Emmett
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book.... it was thrilling, creepy and very well written. It gave me goosebumps as I was reading it, it would make a brilliant film.
I love all of Lucy Clarke’s books and this latest one was as good if not better.
It kept me guessing from beginning to end. I would love to give it 10 stars.
Bill Kupersmith
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
By the standards of routine psychological thrillers, You Let Me In is a decent piece of work, though a very slow boiler indeed; one’s three hundred pages into the story before the shoes start dropping. But I expected so much more, because the author is Lucy Clarke, author of The Blue, now renamed No Escape. (Why do publishers do this? Are they trying to trick readers into buying it twice? Shame!) The Blue, the name of a sailing yacht, was my choice for the best novel of 2017, a hauntingly tragic ...more
Rachel Hall
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Supremely chilling and brilliantly atmospheric, Lucy Clarke’s fifth psychological thriller is an absolute powerhouse read that utterly consumed me and takes a seemingly innocuous experience - an Airbnb rental - and overlays it with paranoia, suspicion and menace. When author, Elle Fielding, returns home after two weeks in France to her spectacular clifftop home overlooking the sea in Cornwall the whole atmosphere feels off; objects moved slightly out of place, a broken ornament and her treasured ...more
Mandy
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this.
This is the story of Elle, who is a writer. Her first novel was a bestseller and now her publisher, and her readers, are expecting a second book soon. The trouble is, Elle is struggling to write. She is suffering with insomnia, she's separated from her husband, she's moved from London to Cornwall into a huge house that she's had renovated despite opposition from her neighbours, and she is carrying a couple of big secrets with h
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Chloe
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Elle’s first novel was a bestseller but she is suffering a writer's block now. Her next book is approaching its deadline and she has nothing to show for it. Renovating her new house has put her in a lot of debt and to get out of it she decides to rent her house for two weeks on Airbnb while she travels to France. After returning though she feels as if something is amiss. Her things start disappearing, she feels as if someone is watching her house and maybe somebody went through her locked things ...more
Roman Clodia
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
After all, who owns a story? The person who tells it? The person who reads it? The person whom it is about? Or all of them?

In a world over-populated with 'twisty' psychological thrillers, this stands out for keeping things creepy but real. Clarke certainly re-uses tropes of the genre like the big empty house, though now renovated and modernised, and that old chestnut of 'how well do we know those around us?' - but, importantly, she makes them work for her by not going over the top and by kee
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Lisa
DNF at 25%

I can't get into this one at all. The characters don't appeal and I'm not interested in trying to push through.

It's a shame as loads of people have loved this book but it's not for me.
Antonio
There's one thing I learned from reading this book, never will I let a stranger rent my home.
I cringe at the thought that my private stuff can be used against me, that my letters can be intercepted, and my keys copied and sold to just about anybody.
Elle Fielding arrives home from abroad to begin writing a sequel to her latest novel, she feels nervous about being in her newly built home which has been let to a family while she was away. It might be her imagination but some of her belongings that
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Adele Shea
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Elle Fielding builds her dream house by the sea with money from her book deal, things around her start coming apart. She must write her next book by the fast approaching deadline day but having rented her home to a stranger whilst out of the country, she stumbles on some sinister things when she returns, slowing down her progress. Who did she let in?
Lucy Clarke's, You Let Me In, has you guessing from the get go. I really do recommend this book.
Rachel Gilbey
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm attributing the past few nights disturbed sleep to my foolish decision to read this in bed and even more foolishly stopping at sections that were about to hook me in further, as had I done that then I would never have even attempted sleep and instead would have been reading all night.

The book is rather unsettling and at times I wasn't really sure what was reality, what was past and what was another character, or if some of this was a book within a book as Elle is an author.

This is the seco
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K.L. Slater
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I loved the atmospheric setting of this book. A designer house perched on the top of a cliff in Cornwall. The description of the inclement weather; blustery winds and torrential rain added a real edge to the chilling narrative with its steadily building tension.

As a writer, I loved the descriptions of the protagonist’s ostentatious writing room with its glass wall overlooking the ocean. The insight to the writing process added a fascinating angle to the story and felt authentic.

Renting
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Lavender
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,5 Stars.
This was my third book from Lucy Clarke . After reading “You Let Me In” I can definitely say that she has become one of my favorite authors. She captivated me again with an unusual story and very lifelike characters.

This book is a dark and creepy read. Elle comes back to her luxury cliff house in Cornwall after a writing workshop in France. To get some extra money she rented out the house out via Airbnb. But when she returns she is irritated by the strange feeling the house suddenly g
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Anna Maria
Sep 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Heidi
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I love psychological thrillers that feature “haunted” houses – not necessarily of the ghostly kind, but where the house serves almost like an extra character in the story. So when I stumbled across the premise of Clarke's latest thriller, I was instantly intrigued.

Have you ever thought about renting out your house on Airbnb? I don't really like the thought of strangers living in my house, but after this story I will definitely think twice about it! What if your houseguests had some ulterior moti
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Lisa-Marie Forge
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Lucy Clarke and I’ll absolutely be checking out the rest

The psychological thriller centers on Elle, a famous author living in a coastal mansion in Cornwall, close to her sister and separated husband. Her life looks idyllic but, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, it isn’t!

In the current wave of books, we know a twist is coming so we guess from page one. Although I got it right, I couldn’t have guessed at the details and I love a book that surprises me. Well worth a read.
Joann
What a wonderful setting for a mystery - the beautiful Cornish coast. This started out as a very promising mystery but somewhere along the line, I was about ready to give up. The ending was a bit too dramatic for me so it was a just an OK read. I know it got great reviews and I can understand why but for me, it just didn't click.
Kelly Stewart
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a few short hours. I literally could NOT put it down!!!
Rachael
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved his! Full review to come when I’m back from the US.
Julie Lacey
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a gripping read.
Elle is living in a beautiful house on the Cornish coast and is working on her second novel.
As the story progresses we learn that Elle has separated from her husband and when things start happening in her house, she doesn’t know what’s going on.
At first she thinks she’s imagining it, and then she thinks it’s the neighbour, then her ex, then her brother in law... so basically she’s clutching at straws.
As the reader, we’re given a glimpse into the mind of the person who
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David Staniforth
Underwhelming. Decent writing style, but with a plodding pace and a reveal that seemed somewhat unrealistic and out of proportion.
Pat
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It really was a good book. Author Elle Fielding returns home after letting out her remote clifftop home on Airbnb and something feels off. She can't put her finger on it though. Meanwhile she needs to crack on with her second book as her deadline is looming. But Elle can't concentrate or capture that magic again that made her first book such a success. There is a sense of creeping menace as a host of things start to concern Elle and she wonders who among the other characters that populate this s ...more
Joanne Robertson
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucy Clarke is an author I usually save for my beach reads in the summer. She has a wonderful way of bringing her settings to life, most of which are based near or around water, so I always want to read them whilst on holiday by the sea. You Let Me In is set on the Cornish coast, a personal favourite of mine when it comes to family getaways, so I definitely felt a shiver of anticipation as soon as I picked this up.

There was a darkly gothic feel to the narrative here that I’ve not felt before wit
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Mark
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Hey, Elle is an author, she has had an unexpected world wide best seller...she is rich now and has renovated a Cornish cliff side house...her 2nd book is due and is eluding her...she goes away for a week to a retreat and ‘Air BNB’s’ her new home out...when she returns the house ‘feels different’, something has changed, but what?...she then tries to trace Joanna who took the weeks lease..she cant be found...WHO did live in her house and why and what did they do and why are strange things happenin
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