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I Let You Go

I Let You Go

Book - 2016 | First Berkley hardcover edition
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Devastated by a hit-and-run accident that has ended the life of her young son, Jenna moves to the remote Welsh coast to search for healing while two dedicated policemen try to get to the bottom of the case.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2016
Edition: First Berkley hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781101987490
Branch Call Number: F MACKI-C
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 24 cm


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May 03, 2021

This book, or the 1st half of it, is part police procedural and part romance. The romance part was tedious and irritating in the usual way that romances are irritating as the dramatic tension is developed by having a female character who is a bad mind-reader with crippling self-esteem tell herself ludicrous stories but not check them out… I kept reading because I was moderately interested in the police procedural thread. But I stopped at the beginning of the first date rape. Life is too short to listen to stories that rely on the psychopathic man trope. I do wonder how the parts will pull together, but not enough to continue. The book I switched to is much better.

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Such an interesting story and the ending will blow you away

harperandharpist May 28, 2020

Lots of plot twists, couldn't put the book down!

Apr 13, 2020

The twist was okay. But there's waaaay too much sex and rape in here, and they are written in a way where I'm wondering if the author is promoting the acts of Ian, even as he rapes a character. No thanks. Also the author seems to want me to think that distracting me with the death of small child just to cut to the real story of a woman getting raped repeatedly is perfectly fine and definitely worth minimizing that a literal child has been murdered. The twist drops that plot line almost entirely, because we definitely shouldn't care as much about who murdered this innocent child and instead we should care a lot more about weirdly written rape scenes. Huh?

Feb 07, 2020

It is a good story that tries to probe why abuse victims continue to submit to abuses. The narrative is a little confusing when two characters spoke in first-person narrations.

Oct 21, 2019

This was a stunner; really interesting, sometimes difficult to read, and sometimes a little too obvious regarding the romance part, but the police procedural stuff was very well laid out. I enjoyed it and will look for more from this author.

Jul 15, 2019

The author's note provides a HUGE clue to the book's major plot twist, but I didn't read it carefully enough: "Grief and guilt are powerful feelings, and I began to wonder how they might affect TWO women involved in very different ways in the SAME incident." [emphasis added]

"Why don’t you leave?" Clare Mackintosh answers this question in graphic detail in her debut international bestseller I Let You Go. She also provides brilliant insights into the twisted minds and malignant narcissism of perpetrators of violence against women. It is a psychological thriller that I could not put down until I read all 369 pages yesterday. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and gasp.

The major plot lines spring from the author's experience as a police officer and mother of two sets of twins. Sadly, her son Alex died shortly after birth from meningitis.

Critics have opined the book is akin to The Girl on the Train. I disagree. It captures the experience of domestic violence as brilliantly as Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen. I accurately intuited some of the plot twists, but I still gasped when they unfolded.

While I recommend the book highly, it may not be a wise choice for some domestic violence and sexual assault survivors ~ especially protective mothers ~ who have Complex-PTSD. The PTSD episodes and traumatic events Jenna experiences are quite graphic.

Jul 07, 2019

A solid, well-written thriller. A huge, made-me-gasp twist that had me going back to re-read some parts to make sure the author earned it (she did). Very dark in parts with some images that will stay with me. I liked the detective and his backstory - clearly a good but imperfect man. I would read more by her.

May 24, 2019

Excellent book, especially for a first book. I agree with the other reviewers. The book has everything...great plot, high intensity, very thrilling and a most interesting ending.

Mar 22, 2019

Clare knocks it out of the park. A great read, my favourite of her 3 (so far books).

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Jul 08, 2016

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Aug 19, 2018

Jenna or Jennifer is married to Ian; a very creepy, clever, controlling man. Her life becomes somewhat of a nightmare, and she ends up almost being convicted for killing a five year old boy, whom she confesses she has killed; but through various twists and turns she is released into a nail biter ending.
Had a tough time getting into the book but eventually it lured me in, and then I couldn't put it down.


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