I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I see youZoe Walker is an “everyone”, as in the same as everyone else.  She gets up, goes to a job that isn’t particularly fulfilling but pays the bills, takes care of her kids (now teens / young adults) and tries to find time to cook tea after long days commuting back and forth on the tube to work.

It’s whilst she’s commuting that she picks up a copy of the Gazette and, flicking to the classifieds, sees a photo of herself with nothing more than a phone number and a web address.  To say it unnerves her is an understatement.

Then her family say the photo is fuzzy, it probably isn’t her, and she questions her initial reaction.  Still, though, she can’t let it go, especially when she sees the photo of another woman in the same ad a few days later and finds out she has been a victim of a crime.  Surely, it can’t be a coincidence?  Now, she just needs to get someone, anyone, to believe her as she becomes more and more convinced her life is in danger.

I have to say, I had high expectations for I See You because Mackintosh’s last book I Let You Go still goes down as one of my favourite books ever because of an amazing twist that I’m not sure anyone who read it saw coming.  I am pleased to say that, unlike my other anticipated read, The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, this time I wasn’t disappointed at all.

This is a clever plot, that is well written with a pace that never lets up.  Zoe is a great character, flaky but not too flaky, trusting but not too trusting, and her slow crumbling into a blubbering mess seemed perfectly real.  I think I’d fall apart too.  Her family, who weren’t as supportive as I might have hoped, were well drawn too, making the book much more solid than others of this style.  And, whilst there wasn’t the killer twist as in I Let You Go, there was still a pretty good one that I didn’t see it coming.

I devoured this book, staying up late to finish it, and loved every page.  I don’t have anything negative to say about it and can highly recommend it.

Enjoy!

loved-it About the book…

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her, a grainy photo along with a phone number and listing for a website called findtheone.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including rape and murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…a discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. For now Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…

Publisher: Sphere
Publication date: 4th April, 2017
Number of pages: 372
Source: Library
Rating: 5 out of 5

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18 comments
  1. Loved your thoughts on this one! I also liked it and can’t wait to get hold of her new book.

    1. Thank you. I can’t wait for her next one either (let’s hope it’s as good!)

  2. I loved it, too! It was a creepy and chilling read that made me look over my shoulder for a while afterwards. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes, I am glad I don’t have a routine now!

  3. I agree with you about this one. It was quite suspenseful and though I pretty much had part of the ending figured out, I was quite satisfied. Looking forward to this author’s next book.

    1. Satisfied is a good description of how I felt with this. Very satisfied. I can’t wait for her next one either.

  4. Glad you liked it, this one is on my wishlist! 🙂

    1. Me too. I was anxious after being so disappointed by The Lying Game. This, though, was worth it.

  5. This one sounds engrossing, Emma and I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. What a fantastic cover!

    1. It was, an a clever idea. There are so many of us out there that do the same thing every day because it’s life. Who knows who is watching? gulp

      1. Yes… that’s the creepy bit, isn’t it?

  6. I would probably freak out if that happened to me. This book sounds like something I need to pick up. Thanks for sharing your review!

    1. Me too. I am glad my commute it down the stairs into my home office!

  7. I think I am the only person left disappointed with this book, everyone seems to love it. I kind of felt that Mackintosh wrote deliberately to agitate the readers, to make them sad, cannot say to much for the sake of not spoiling it, but hope you understand. No woman can be that clever/stupid in the same time!

    1. I do know what you mean. Characters are funny things, I can’t enjoy a book if I don’t like the character. Here I did, though I didn’t like her family much!

  8. I mean the main character by the way 🙂

  9. This one is high up on my TBR! It sounds like an episode of Criminal Minds and I can’t imagine how unnerving finding a picture of yourself like that would be. I’m glad this one didn’t disappoint and I’m really looking forward to reading it soon!

    1. I would put it right at the top. It is a freaky thing to imagine and I’m glad I don’t have a commute like this.

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