I Let You Go

I Let You Go

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"On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street... I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781101987490
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 24 cm


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SquamishLibraryStaff May 31, 2016

'I let you go' is a heart pounding psychological thriller. Well formed distinct characters and a page turning plot make this one novel not to miss. For fans of 'Gone Girl' and 'Girl on the Train'.

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Jan 08, 2018

Perhaps what’s difficult to get through with this book is the subject matter - abuse. But it also brings to light a lot of what happens in our world that we don’t think about or choose to leave up to others to address.
There are people who are as conniving and villainous as Ian. You can hear his deviant mental wheels turning at almost every point........such an insecure person with an unsurprisingly bad upbringing. Too many excuses are made.
It was a good read and I appreciate the perspective the author had with her own personal experience and the lasting impression it left on her.

Oct 23, 2017

got to 1/4 through this book and had to return. Someone else wanting it.

Not sure want to borrow again - not that exciting.

Jul 20, 2017

I loved this book, the plot twist and turns hold your interest. I was up the entire night reading this book just could not put it down. While the story line of this novel is sad and tragic, it shows how people deal with tragedy in different ways. We have to move on but you can never forget!! Look forward to more from this author.

Jul 16, 2017

A novel related through three different perspectives:
1) Jenna, an artist at the center of a tragedy leaves her home to escape her own life, settles on the coast of Wales and begins a new life, finds a new form of artistic expression as she establishes an identity in her new community, only to have her past crash down on her in a shocking plot twist about halfway through the book,
2) a fairly run-of-the mill police procedural focused on a detective experiencing a depressingly typical midlife crisis,
3)in the second half of the book a third voice emerges, a dark and villainous presence who drives the rest of story.
I was engrossed by Jenna's process of creating a new life (and art) and the occasional hints that there was more to her backstory. I was genuinely shocked by the plot twist that ends part one, and eager to read on. She was a complex and believable character, as were the Welsh villagers who populate her narrative. I loved the descriptions of the changing seasons on the Welsh coast.
But I was less engaged in the story of the detectives, who were more like stock characters (surprising, given the author's police background). The third perspective was dark and suspenseful, but ends in a final plot twist that was too far-fetched for me. An eerie and almost supernatural final scene suggests that Jenna's travails are far from over.
So a mixed reaction, but the author's cleverness with plot and vivid sense of place will have me reading more of her work.

Jul 11, 2017

Great book. Suspenseful, little twist in the plot, loved how it was based on author's own experience.

JCLAmandaW Jun 22, 2017

The first part of this book had my interest and I read along at a normal pace. The twist in the middle had me up until the early hours of the morning finishing the book. I eagerly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense and psychological mysteries.

Jun 12, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and I could easily picture in my mind the coast of Wales. Very descriptive. Loved the book and will certainly read more from this author.

Jun 12, 2017

Very good thriller with one of those "huh?!" moments in the middle. To me not a twist per se but something that sent me back to the beginning to try to see where I was tricked. The story alternates perspectives mostly between the main character and the DI investigating. There was a side plot involving the DI's family that was not fully resolved. It seems to me that could've been left out. But a great quick read nevertheless. I'll definitely get this author's new book.

Mar 30, 2017

MacKintosh is very crafty! As in a brilliantly-crafted-plot I mean, complete with a jaw-dropping bombshell mid-way through that I didn’t see coming (and I pride myself on successfully predicting where plots might go). This is not prize winning literature, but it is canny/clever and emotion laden with several issues. A psychological thriller that kept me reading full tilt.

Mar 24, 2017

Best thriller I have read in a long time. Looking forward to her next book I See You.

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Jul 08, 2016

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