Book Review of “I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh


A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

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

DI Ray Stevens is tasked with seeking justice for a mother who is living every parent’s worst nightmare. Determined to get to the bottom of the case, it begins to consume him as he puts both his professional and personal life on the line.

As Ray and his team seek to uncover the truth, Jenna, slowly, 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 .

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Psychological Thriller / Suspense
My Review

After reading all the reviews about the debut mystery, there is a normal tendency to have very high expectations. Sometimes it is good to have second opinions about the book you are about to read and sometimes, it is not. This time it was not a good idea. Because of the high praise and supposedly amazing twist which was written in the reviews, even after the twist, I kept expecting something more to turn up. And it created a prejudiced image.

The story is good. The twist was, for the want of a better word, twisted. The suspense drills you till the very end. The transition from Part I to Part II was brilliantly written. The suspense there really takes the cake.

But the story harbored too much on a lot of coincidence. The 2nd part could have been better. The ending was slightly predictable. The unpredictable part was too much coincidental. Ian seeing his child at the exact time when he was feeling what he was feeling was a bit too much of a stretch.

For me, I cannot go beyond 3 stars for the story.

Star Rating : 3 Stars
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