Book Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

“A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?”

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh follows Jenna Gray whose world, in a split second, descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating…


I Let You Go is a brilliantly developed and extraordinarily clever story full of tense twists and turns that will grip you from start to finish.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers then this is a must-read. The twist is one of those that make you put the book down and make eye contact with anybody close – your husband, the person opposite you on the train, your dog – and go “Oooooooh!”.

It’s definitely a goodie! And I love that Mackintosh typically includes hers halfway through the book rather than at the end, taking everything in a completely different direction.

I can’t believe this was Mackintosh’s debut. I only have one of her books left to read now (I See You) which I’m looking forward to getting to, but I can definitely see the influence this has had on her later work.

What I really enjoyed about this one and Let Me Lie is that Mackintosh spends just as much time developing the police who are investigating the main story as she does the person at the centre of it. She also ties up all of their situations brilliantly, giving an all-around satisfying conclusion.

I love how Mackintosh constantly challenges her readers and I’m always so impressed by her originality, unpredictability, and engaging characters. She has quickly become one of my favourite authors and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

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