I See You by Clare Mackintosh
**I’d like to thank the publishers for my copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
The author of the smash bestseller, I Let You Go, propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world…
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 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 rape and 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. For now 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…
After hearing rave reviews for Mackintosh’s debut novel I Let You Go (which I haven’t read yet), I was excited at the opportunity to read this one. As soon as I read the description, I knew this was right up my alley.
The story dives right in with Zoe flipping through the London Gazette on her train ride home, and seeing an ad for an online dating service with her photo. Not knowing what to make of it, she brings it home to show her boyfriend Simon and two adult kids: Justin & Katie, who brush it off as someone playing a joke.
– I loved getting to know Kelly. She’s a good cop who’s smart, doesn’t like to follow the rules but is justified by trying doing the right thing.
– Eventhough Zoe was my least favourite character, the author did a good job at making her relatable.
– I loved the narration from the “stalker’s” point of view. It gave me the creeps.
I see you, but you don’t see me. You’re engrossed in your book; a paperback cover with a girl in a red dress. I can’t see the title but it doesn’t matter; they’re all the same. If it isn’t boy meets girl, it’s boy stalks girl. Boy kills girl.
– The story had a good who dunnit factor. Even when I thought I had it all figured out and the mystery was solved, there were still a couple of twists.
-The ending was a slam dunk for me. It was one I didn’t see coming.
– Some of the details of Zoe’s life were bordering on boring and slowed the story down. However, just when I was about to give up, Mackintosh managed to recapture my attention.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and will be reading I Let You Go very soon!
My Rating ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you read her debut novel (I Let You Go)?