5 Star Read !
When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .
What did I think?
OMG brilliant, stunning, exciting, tense……….
After Clare Mackintosh’s book “I Let You Go” (- if you haven’t read it yet….go get it now!) I just knew that her next book would be brilliant, and of course I See You doesn’t disappoint, in fact it is stunning.
Hell, this plot is perfect, every would-be author is thinking why didn’t I think of this. So simple, so brilliant and so excellently woven together. I like how Clare Mackintosh’s mind works!
So what have we got, Zoe Walker sees a picture of herself on a dating ad in a paper…then realises that another woman advertised in same way has been found dead. Just imagine it, seeing yourself in an ad you have no knowledge of and knowing something is just wrong about this.
We get to know Zoe and her family and friends, learn of her history and still it does not make sense why her picture in on a dating ad. Zoe is just a normal person who goes by her gut instinct and she becomes obsessed with trying to find out what’s going on, will she be next..?
Kelly Swift is a police officer, a darn good one too, she just knows something is wrong but can she help solve the case without messing it up and getting too involved? Who is behind the adverts with these random people who have no link?
Mackintosh writing has a way of giving us every day experiences, such as being on a crowded tube train where nothing happens and makes it an intriguing prelude. She always connects with the reader. She picks up every day assumptions and stereotypes and brings it into reality just like this:
“I was barely out of my Clark’s lace-ups when I fell pregnant with Justin, and there was no place for heels on a Tesco checkout, or coaxing a toddler up the high street.”
OMG the ending to the first chapter is so shocking! This has such an exciting, dangerous promise I just had to continue reading and forget whatever else I was support to be doing.
“I know she’s forty. Because the woman in the advert is me.”
When I hit chapter two I was mesmerised because it is a brilliant perspective from the ‘watcher’.
“You’re still reading. And I am still watching.”
I love the unknown ‘perpetrators’ voice telling us what we don’t want to hear because there is a distinct threat within every line. But, absolutely no clues to who it is.
As I was reading there were things I was saying in my head; why didn’t she…I would never have…It was so tense and foreboding.
What did I like best?
I liked how the plot moves nicely along with just the right tension and suddenly: POW a small inclusion had my thoughts racing out of control. Several times a single sentence had my hair standing on end.
I loved the characters. I enjoyed Zoe’s character and liked how she had an active part throughout, I was routing for her all the way! In fact Clare Mackintosh gets the mix of characters so right with each and every one of them real and fitting into each other.
The ending of ‘I See You’…no I didn’t see that coming. No spoilers here!
You must read this excellent book by Clare Mackintosh. Why? Because it will give you a mystery that you will not guess and keep you enthralled throughout with its tension.
What’s different about it? It is an everyday thriller, something that can happen to anyone. It is plausible, the plot is so perfectly simple that I can’t believe someone hasn’t already……
Never again will I feel the same when I am travelling on the underground, I shall always be looking over my shoulder.
This has got to be a film!
Format: Kindle Edition, File Size: 1295 KB
Print Length: 372 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751566047
Publisher: Sphere (28 July 2016)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Reading Source: Publisher, via Netgalley, thank you a million times for this one!