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 move 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…
Last night, in the wee hours of the morning, I finished I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. I went to bed after a week of little reading time, planning to get to the end of Part One. WAY after my bedtime, I finally closed the cover on what is, quite possibly, the best story I have read in a very long time.
Those of you who read my The Girl on the Train review will know that I love a good thriller; there is something exhilarating about feeling your heart pounding through a few simple words. I loved both Gone Girl and The Girl on a Train, two of the most talked about novels of late. As the back of this recommended ‘losing yourself’ in this ‘psychological thriller’ if this was the case, I decided to pick up a copy and it joined my (always extensive) to be read list.
The novel, as the blurb suggests, revolves around Jenna Gray’s life, post-tragedy, exploring her mental state and the way in which she deals with unimaginable grief, fear and loneliness. Jenna is a hugely likeable character, which instantly makes the novel better than Gone Girl and The Girl on a Train – don’t get me wrong, these are both excellent too, but I Let You Go draws you in ever more intently with Jenna’s character.
The narrative is beautiful, spanning Jenna’s life, interwoven with the unfolding police investigation. This entwining of two stories keeps the reader guessing as to the link between them, and is so expertly crafted, despite the difference in style. Jenna’s narrative is told in first person, allowing the reader to feel her pain ever more intensely. The police investigation, however, is told in third person, allowing the reader to observe the action and witness the emotion of all of the characters through unbiased eyes. This expert blending of narrative styles makes the novel extremely readable and keeps you pushing on through the alternate chapters, to find out more.
And, a thriller wouldn’t be a good thriller without the juicy twists and turns that we don’t see coming. I only planned on getting to the end of Part One, as I mentioned, but the twist that came at my target totally blindsided me – I know people like to claim they second guessed the author or director, when trying to make out that they’ve got one over on the twisty plot, but genuinely, this is so well written that I did not see it coming. This twist kept me up until the early hours and made me gasp out loud and wish I had someone to share it with.
I genuinely believe this is the best novel I have read in a very long time – it is so well crafted and Mackintosh is such an incredible storyteller that I have no worries in wholeheartedly recommending this to you – you won’t regret it!
And it’s that time again! I am giving my lovely readers the chance to win a brand new copy of I Let You Go. To enter, comment the reason you would like to read this book, either here on the blog, or on my Facebook page post. I will be choosing a winner on SATURDAY 20th FEBRUARY!
Oh and P.S. Another reason you should read this book is because, despite being busy with drafts and drafts for book 2, Mackintosh is a truly grounded author, who hasn’t forgotten her readers in her rise to the top. Something I really respect and hope to achieve myself, should I ever get published, is when an author (or anyone really) takes time to connect with their fans. Twitter is a fabulous tool for doing that and I highly recommend letting Clare Mackintosh know what you thought of I Let You Go if you are lucky enough to win!