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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go

by Clare Mackintosh

Quick take

An emotional rollercoaster ride, with reveal after stunning reveal that will shock and dazzle you with its cleverness all the way up to the explosive finale.

Why I love it

Turn off your phone and clear your calendar, because you're going to want to read this sensational thriller in one sitting. Holy cats - what a book! I Let You Go is a clever mystery with compelling characters and a pulse-pounding ending!

A rain-slick street, a speeding vehicle, a mother letting go of her son's hand for just a second. And in an instant, tragedy falls on a quiet Bristol town when a young life is ended.

A grieving mother is sent reeling by the hit‐and‐run, her mind replaying the image of him running out into the road. Filled with sorrow and guilt, she flees her home for the solitude of a rundown cottage on a sheep farm in Wales.

A seasoned veteran of the police force, paired up with a young new officer, is sent to find the driver of the car. But there are no clues, and as the months pass by without any leads, they may never discover who the killer is.

And that's just the beginning! I Let You Go is a tense, multi-layered tale, carefully plotted and fantastically realized. The pain of a parent's loss, a survivor's guilt, the police's frustration with a dead-end case, an unknown killer - all these things are expertly explored and written with precision and empathy.

Part of what makes this story so believable - and what drew me to it - is that Clare Mackintosh was a police officer herself for twelve years. That experience lends an air of credibility to the book, especially the parts involving the Bristol officers' search for a killer.

I Let You Go is an emotional rollercoaster ride, with reveal after stunning reveal that will shock and dazzle you with its cleverness all the way up to the explosive finale.

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Member ratings (1,315)

  • Megan Y.

    Jacksonville, FL

    Loved the flow of this book! I thought I saw every twist and turn for what it was, but I was happy to be surprised! There were so many layers to Jenna revealed at just the right time! I had to finish!

  • Carolyn K.

    Dalmatia , PA

    I can't even put into words how great of a book this was. I'm utterly speechless. I read it in about 4 sittings and didn't want to put it down. This book will keep you guessing every step of the way.

  • Zaidelirys S.

    Lake worth, FL

    This book led me on a wild journey. I was so sure I knew what was happening throughout the story, but at the end it was revealed that I was so very very WRONG! This book hooked me, kept me guessing.

  • Denise M.

    Lancaster, CA

    LOVED IT. The twist was incredible. I always predict twists, but I didn't figure this one out. It made me have to flip back to the first half and re-read it from a different perspective. Recommended.

  • Emily W.

    Painesville, OH

    My uncanny ability to guess the twists of books had me over-confident in my abilities. I didn't see how masterful Clare Mackintosh's writing was. I was blindsided with the mid-way twist. Amazing!