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 .

So I’m sat here trying to write a review for I Let You Go and I don’t quite know where to start. Not because it’s not good (it is) or I didn’t enjoy it (I did) but because as soon as I start typing there are spoilers. There is such a good twist in this book, one I didn’t see coming and I don’t want to risk giving away. What I can say is, for me, it made the book and I understood why I had read so many good reviews last year.

I have to admit, I had been wondering before then what the fuss was about. Yes, it was well written and the characters were developing well but it wasn’t that thrilling for a thriller. Then, with one line, my whole perspective on what I’d been reading changed and I saw everything in a new light, just as the characters did, and my relationship with each of them changed as did how sympathetic I felt.

It felt great and reminded me why I love to read. It also felt nice to be surprised because it doesn’t happen that often. Things are generally signposted and , whilst I can see the path I was taken down in hindsight, I had no idea while it was happening. Making this a very clever book and an impressive debut. I loved it and would recommend to anyone who hasn’t read it yet!

emma x



  1. I’m glad someone else has the same problem I did trying to write a review for this book!

    1. Seriously difficult isn’t it…I tried to write the post for two or three days then gave up and just decided to express my appreciation.

  2. You have peaked my interest and I have to add this book to me “to read” list! 🙂 Thanks!

    1. You really should…really, really good.

  3. This is a great review – one of my favourite books I’ve ever read the twist absolutely got me 100%!!

    1. I am still shaking my head at the twist. And at all the reviews I read that didn’t give it away (thankfully). So far, this is my favourite of 2016. Thanks for stopping by. Emma

  4. I’m so looking forward to this one when in comes out in the US. Great review!

    1. Thank you…if I hadn’t have gotten it from the library I would have sent it so you didn’t have to wait. Enjoy when you get a copy!

  5. This was one of my favourites last year and the twist REALLY got me. I kept thinking…. “That can’t be right.” And re-reading. Wow…

    1. Wow is it exactly- not surprised it was a favourite as it’s already one of mine.

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  7. I finished this book last night.

    Totally surprised at the “twist” too.

    Excellent debut. A few disturbing scenes, but overall fantastic.

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    1. It’s great isn’t it? Never saw it coming.

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