Book Reviews

I See You

Author: Clare Mackintosh
Published Date: February 21, 2017 by Berkley Books
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Hardcover: 372 pages
My Rating: 3 stars

It all starts during her commute home one night. Zoe Walker glances through her local paper and sees her own face staring back at her in a classified ad. With the grainy photo is a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

In the following days, she sees other women in the same ad, a different one every day, and nearly all of them show up in the newspapers as victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder.

With the help of a determined cop, Zoe uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…And suddenly, the man on the train sitting across the car—the one smiling at Zoe—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…

I loved Clare Mackintosh’s first novel I Let You Go. It had one of the best twists that literally had my jaw hanging open. You can read that review HERE. Unfortunately, her second book, I See You, fell a little flat for me.

The narrative alternates between two perspectives. Zoe Walker’s perspective details her personal struggles after discovering the advert in the newspaper. The second perspective is Kelly Swift’s. She is the officer in charge of Zoe’s case, and through her perspective we gain an insight to the police procedures. The third perspective is an unknown, sinister voice which comments on Zoe’s situation.

The author cleverly introduces an array of other characters to the plot, and then masterfully makes you suspicious of every one of them. Could it be Zoe’s short fused boss, Graham Hallow; her ex-husband, Matt who is still quietly in love with her; or her current boyfriend, Simon, who lied about his job. Or Isaac Gunn, the much older boyfriend of her daughter.

For me it was a 375 page book that really takes off in the last 100 pages. Mackintosh’s first book I Let You Go was a thoroughly satisfying read, and it set the standard for a truly shocking and unpredictable plot twist. I See You is a totally different read so don’t go into it expecting the same shocking plot twist.

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