Bianca Cheney, YA/AV Librarian
I have to be honest here. I don’t read nearly as much as other people do so it usually takes me a few weeks to finish a book. During this season, I spend more time playing in the yard and with my grandkids than reading, so let me tell you about this exciting book I finished in less than two days.
“I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh is a wonderful psychological thriller that really kept my attention throughout. There were many twists and turns in the story which had me on the edge of my seat. The story started with a little boy getting run over by a car in front of his mother as they are walking home from school. The police attempt to solve this hit-and-run with very few clues and even work on their own time because this has become personal for them; after all, it was only a five-year old boy! What kind of monster would do this and not stop to help?
The story continues with Jenna walking away from everything in her life and hiding out in a secluded village near the beach. She makes a few friends and when they find out about her past, things get really awkward really fast, yielding more twists and connections that you won’t see coming. The investigation continues into the hit-and-run and Jenna is brought back to the hurtful scene. There are tender and haunting emotions with all of the realistic characters in this story. See how one tragedy can affect so many lives. “I Let You Go” is a highly recommended, award-winning novel to read and, when you think you have it all figured out, keep reading – there will be another twist!
Mackintosh’s second book, “I See You” is just as impressive. It is also a psychological thriller and well thought-out with great characters and lots of surprises, not all of them good. It’s about being in the same place at the same time, taking the same route to and from work every day, and being followed without ever knowing. Your picture shows up in a newspaper ad with a phone number and website for more information along with several other women who have disappeared or died.
Mackintosh spent twelve years as a policewoman and now is a full-time journalist which is why her novels have elements of true crime and police work. These are two separate stories so they can be read in any order and can be found in both regular and large print versions.