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May 30, 2016

Loved It: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Cime | Mystery | Thriller

The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl...a novel with "an astonishing intensity that drags you in and never—ever—lets you go." (Daily Mail, UK) 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.




I almost gave up on Clare Mckintosh's small-town procedural crime thriller. The storylines of the detectives, Ray and Kate, investigating the case is a little boring and their underhanded flirting bothered me a little bit. Thanks to Heidi of Rainy Day Ramblings for featuring I LET YOU GO a few weeks ago, her gushing review encouraged me to pick it up again.

I LET YOU GO started as a hit-and-run case and the victim is a 5yo boy, but with barely any leads and what little evidence the Bristol police has, the investigation ran the risk of being shelved as a cold case. Meanwhile, there's Jenna Gray, haunted, almost reclusive, and definitely running away from the Jacob case. Jenna is definitely surprised me, she wasn't who I thought she is on so many levels. I honestly didn't feel anything for her, she effectively kept herself distant and mysterious until her story got and told and that's when she had me. 

It was at around 43% when the story picked up for me when CMackintosh introduced this dude who made my hair raise on end. He's bad news and how he fits into this clusterfuck motivated me to keep reading. When the big picture was finally revealed it's impossible not to be saddened, fearful, and infuriated about this whole evil mess. 

Broadchurch meets Enough, I LET YOU GO is a small town tragedy that will certainly get to you. You just have to be a little patient and allow CMackintosh to tell her story at her own pace and style.










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29 comments:

  1. I can see why you loved this, great review for it!

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  2. I should really check this one out! If it’s anything of a great thriller/mystery as THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN or GONE GIRL was, then whew–I need this one desperately. Great review :D

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    1. I haven't read The Girl on the Train, but this isn't like Gone Girl. It's a crazy and sad story, but not as dark as twisted as Flynn's. It's just as affecting though

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  3. Good to see you gave this series another go and really enjoyed it. Sounds like it really picked up and hooked you!

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  4. It could be interesting so why not

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  5. This does sound good. Glad it picked up for you.

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  6. Frustrating start, but I'm glad it all worked out in the end for you, B. Curious about the latecomer, though.

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    1. Oi, latecomer is hateful but he put so much to the table. Added grit to the story, lots of it

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  7. This is my next audio and I am glad it ultimately worked for you!

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  8. Wow this sounds fantastic thanks Braine

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    1. I hope you find the time to read it

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  9. I don't read very many mysteries. I get really impatient lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  10. Glad you took another shot at it, and loved it. I'm thinking of doing that with one I had to DNF a couple of months ago. Everyone has been raving about the ending.

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    1. Give it another go, maybe it'll surprise you like waht this one did with me

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    1. I think you will like this at least

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  12. I just started The Girl on the Train. Finally. So I'll add this too since I'm in a mystery mood.

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    1. Ooh, I should read that one soon too!

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  13. You're making me want thriller books :)

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    1. Thriller! Thriller night!
      Not a bad move IMO, go for it!

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  14. Aww I'm glad you read something that encouraged you to pick it back up. Its been so long since I've read something like I'm struggling to pick up anything similar I own. Stuck on a fantasy binge right now. Glad you loved it!!

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    1. I've been binge reading mysteries for a month now. I realized it's romances I can't get into. Just happy it's not a general slump

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  15. Kudos to you for sticking with this story, Braine. I'm not sure I would have. You're definitely encouraging me to pick up a thriller though. ;)

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