Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Publisher: Sphere (28 July 2016)
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You do the same thing every day.
You know exactly where you’re going.
You’re not alone.
When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence?
Or is someone keeping track of every move they make…
I read I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh and really enjoyed it so it was inevitable that I was going to read her new book soon after it was released. I am so glad I did.
The books main character is Zoe Walker and flips between her and PC Kelly Swift who also plays a big part in the book, there is also a page or two after every few chapters with the website owner’s twisted point of view.
Zoe commutes to work via the London Underground, she takes the same route every day as do many other ladies. Just by chance she looks at a local London newspaper from front to back and comes across the classifieds, not really looking for anything, just flicking though and spots a photo of herself, with a website and phone number attached. The website leads to a blank page with a box for a password in the centre of the screen. The phone number does not work.
She didn’t put her photo in there, is it even her photo or someone that looks very similar to her? She doesn’t know but has a gut feeling it is her. She shows her family the advert and they tell her that it is probably someone that looks like her too and brushes it off. Zoe is not convinced though and after a woman gets murdered she digs into it more, discovering that the victim’s photo was also in the same classifieds a few days before. She finds a stack of newspapers from various days before and checks the classifieds, different day a different woman. The problem is these women are all starting to have things happen to them.
But is Zoe just being paranoid? Of course she isn’t even though the police kind of brush her off to start with. PC Kelly Swift gets involved as there are links to the paper photos and the murders and other nasty things that have happened and later joins the MIT team just for this one case.
They manage to crack the password but it isn’t that easy, someone seems to be getting information that the police are on their tail and quickly removes the police account to the website. When they do finally get in, they are sent on a wild goose chase trying to find the person behind the website. In th mean time more things are happening and Zoe is getting more worried about what is going on, worried about her safety, and who may be following her but also worried for her daughter Katie who also travels via the London Underground to get to work. She is worrying more and more each day. It goes from one possibility to the next, it is chilling.
This is an absolutely fantastic book to read, especially if you like psychological crime thrillers/suspense’s as you will be kept on the end of your seat until the very end. Just when you think you have the person behind the website, you realise you were very wrong. When the person behind it is revealed I warn you, you will be in for a huge shock.
The book flowed well, I was absolutely hooked and could not put it down, just one more chapter I would say to myself and an hour later I would still be reading it. I really liked Zoe’s character, I could relate to her, with the niggling feeling at the back of her mind. I also liked PC Kelly Swift, she was a determined, dedicated police officer and although things happened in the past she was trying so hard to build her career back up, to be trusted again and I think it finally worked after this case.
There is some violence towards the end, but it needed to be there for obvious reasons which you will discover when reading it and lots of twists and turns. I think this book certainly proves you cannot trust anyone.
The ending has been left open so there may be a sequel in the works. I do hope so!
About the author:
Clare Mackintosh is an author, feature writer and columnist. She has written for The Guardian, Sainsbury’s Magazine, The Green Parent, and many other national publications, and is a columnist for Cotswold Life and Writing Magazine.
Clare spent twelve years in the police force, working on CID, in custody and as a public order commander, and has drawn on her experiences for her début psychological thriller I Let You Go. She is currently writing her second novel, out next year.
Disclaimer: I received this book from SocialBookCo in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.