Book Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Book Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh


Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Main themes: Loss, Domestic Violence

Rating: 4.5 stars

5 year-old Jacob is horrifically killed in what appears to be a hit and run accident. The heartbreaking loss of this poor boy is enough to make a grief-stricken Jenna Gray leave her old life behind, and make a fresh start in a remote town on the coast of Wales. But just when Jenna is finally starting to move on, her painful past comes back to haunt her.  

I Let You Go was a good old psychological thriller, although this wasn’t apparent at first. I say this because Part I, whilst interesting, was pretty slow paced. I understood that Jenna was rebuilding her life and naturally, the development of the story was a bit more slow paced. There was a secondary storyline going on with the Detective Inspector involved in the hit and run case but some pretty predictable stuff went on there so ultimately, there had been little development.

Or so I thought because I kid you not, when I read the end of Part I, I literally screamed! I was in so much shock that I just had to close the book and eventually walk away from it. Seriously! The end of Part I revealed such a major twist and I was just amazed at how well the author achieved it. It was so cleverly written because Mackinstosh portrayed things in a very particular way, and that slow development? That’s what throws you off! After that, I pretty much sped through the rest of the book and it didn’t disappoint!

There’s not much else to say without spoiling the story but overall, I really enjoyed I Let You Go. It was such a gripping thriller that really had me invested in what was happening. The writing style was great and once you get deeper into the story, it covers a lot of intense issues. Personally, I enjoyed the detective side to the story because it was super relevant to my psychology course but I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who likes a good psychological thriller. 

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