February 20, 2017

Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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Publication Date: February 21, 2017

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—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 had heard so many raves about I Let You Go that I immediately gravitated towards I See You, which promised to be a brilliant and intense thriller. 

I See You certainly had an intensity and edge-of-my-seat quality for much of the narrative. The premise centers around the fact that humans are such creatures of habit that we could easily be stalked without knowing about it. Like the women in the book, I take the same route to work, park in the same parking spot, walk the same paths and streets every single day. With some horror, I realized as I read that I could be one of these women – being watched without knowing it and vulnerable to stalking … or worse. I See You certainly touched a nerve in that aspect and yet I eagerly followed the dual narratives of Zoe, the victim, and Kelly, the cop. 

I knew there was going to be a twist at some point and I raced to the end, as one by one my hypotheses fell by the wayside. Suspense was at it’s highest and once I reached the twist, I stopped short with a big “Huh?” It was certainly unexpected but so much so that I just could not buy it. Then, just as I was scratching my head, another twist slammed into that one so you get two for the price of one. 

I’m not sure why I resisted the series of narrative surprises, only that it felt like it came out of nowhere and did not flow with the rest.  However, I am sufficiently intrigued by the raves for I Let You Go, the author’s first book, to pick that one up and see if it lives up to the hype.

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