Review: I See You – Clare Mackintosh

About the book

Published: 28th July 2016 (Sphere)I See You

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 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…

You can read an extract here

My Review

This book has received so much hype and publicity both ahead of and upon its publication that if you’ve not heard of this new one from Clare Mackintosh, you must be living under a rock! I was hearing so many good things about this book from those lucky enough to have had the opportunity to read an ARC and also renewed praise for Mackintosh’s first novel I Let You Go. Shockingly I’d not read I Let You Go therefore promptly ordered it, however once I See You was published, I couldn’t wait and dived straight into this one!

I’m not sure how I am going to do justice to this fantastic, gripping and extremely creepy novel but I will try!

Zoe Walker is just an ordinary mother, going about her daily life as normal, following her usual routine of catching the tube to her job that she doesn’t particularly enjoy. That is, until one day, she sees her own photo staring back at her in the unclassified section of a London paper. The photo is grainy but it’s definitely her – however there is no clue as to why it is there, just a website address and a phone number.

I See You has 2 very strong female leads, Zoe and Kelly, a British Transport Police Officer with a bit of a tainted history trying to get back into the role she was forced to leave following an altercation. Kelly recently helped a lady who was robbed on the underground and raising safety awareness amongst commuters and this is who Zoe approaches about her photo in the paper,

What unfolds is a horrific and harrowing story that could quite easily happen in real life (really hope it doesn’t though!!) as many of us are absolute creatures of habit, especially when it comes to the daily commute and public transport. I think that is the most terrifying part of this story – the reality of the situation.

At points throughout this story, I suspected everyone! The story is so well plotted out and executed, I loved Mackintosh’s writing style and the relentless pace of this book. I was actually bereft when I finished this book, absolutely lost for words and stunned by the journey I had just been taken on. It’s been a long time since I have read a book that I was so invested in that my pulse actually quickened as the tension built up!!

I See You is a fantastic thriller that is easily one of the best books of 2016 and firmly in my list of favourites!

About the author (courtesy of Amazon)

Clare MackintoshClare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant and is the founder of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. She now writes full time and lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and their three children.

Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times bestseller and was the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club, and was the winning title of the readers’ vote for the summer 2015 selection, and ITV’s Loose Women’s Loose Books. I Let You Go also won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. I See You, Clare’s second novel was published in July 2016.

Clare is the patron of the Silver Star Society, an Oxford-based charity which supports the work carried out in the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Silver Star unit, providing special care for mothers with medical complications during pregnancy.

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7 thoughts on “Review: I See You – Clare Mackintosh

  1. I bought ‘I let you go’ after I read all the amazing reviews for this book that also mentioned Mackintosh’s previous book. So excited to read it! Great review 😊

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