I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

1. Cover Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group 2014 2. First lines

5stars I loved this book.

Halfway through, I think I’ve got it, after sifting through possible twists in this story (identity theft, time-lapse, or even hallucinations), but it isn’t until the last pages that the real story emerges.

Plot summary: A rainy afternoon in Bristol, and a hit-and-run accident kills a five-year-old boy. Who is the child? Who is the mother? Who is the driver? The narrative is told mostly from the perspective of Jenna Gray who goes away to a remote Welsh village for sanctuary after the accident. Here, we are given glimpses of her backstory, and of her relationships before the accident. The author weaves a story with twists and turns until all is revealed near the end.

Awards: Winner 2016 Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

ReviewsA “cunning psychological thriller” Full review: New York Times

“Mackintosh’s excellent writing features both memorable characters and a compelling portrayal of the eccentricities of small-town life in a close-knit community. But the author’s real skill is in the way she incorporates jaw-dropping, yet plausible, plot twists into the already complex storyline.” Full review: Kirkus

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