Book Review: I Let You Go

Book: I Let You Go

Author: Clare Mackintosh

Pages: 387

Publisher: Hachette

Rating: 5

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(As on the back cover)

A tragic accident.

It all happened so quickly.

She couldn’t have prevented it.

Could she?

In a split-second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows, to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life for ever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating…

What I loved

You know how every thriller claims to be packed with suspense and many a twists and turns, and an unpredictable ending? This is indeed the gist of any thriller, but also, unfortunately, what most fail to deliver. Well, here is yet another thriller, the debut work of an already a favourite author of many readers (including mine), that not only claims and delivers all the above but also sweeps you off the floor with its sheer brilliance. Clare Mackintosh has just set the bar way high for any psychological thriller with her brilliant, brilliant debut- I Let You Go.


I was hooked on to the book right from the prologue. Though it had a slow start post the prologue, the moment the book hit part 2, everything went haywire. Never have I read a book that is so well written and so magnificently structured that it had me literally pulling my hairs. Twists after twists were thrown at me at every other turn the story took, that it was almost impossible for me to put the book down. The story lets you be so absolutely sure of something in like 20 pages and then on the next page, it’s like you are thrown down a cliff-it’s THAT unpredictable!!

Right from the story to the writing to the characters, everything about this book is just so perfect. Be it Jenna or the detectives Ray and Kate, all the characters were portrayed so well. The aspect of the book that I loved the most was that it did not just stop with what goes on behind the solving of a crime, or the lives (both personal and professional) of the detectives running after the culprit. I Let You Go talks about a very important social issue that was written in the most realistic way possible that it connected with me on so many levels.

What didn’t work for me

I absolutely could not find anything I disliked in the book except for the bit of slow progress at the beginning. But then again that pace was necessary for the plot.


I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh is a psychological thriller like no other- it sucks you into the story, gets your brain fried from all the twists and turns, tugs at your heartstrings and leaves you completely baffled. An exceptionally written and well-crafted thriller, this unputdownable book is a must read!! I absolutely, absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who reads (and not). What are you waiting for? READ THIS BOOK ALREADY!!!


Story – 5/5





PS: I received a copy of the book from the publishers for promotional purposes.



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